A New USPS® Program Could be Coming to a Post Office Near You in 2022
A program that has been piloted in Texas could expand in 2022. USPS Connect Local® offers same or next-day delivery to local addresses that are serviced by USPS. The pilot program has shown great promise in executing quick deliveries.
“This is the first time in the history of the organization that we’ve piloted this type of process,” said Jakki Krage Strako, USPS chief commerce, and business solutions officer and executive vice president. “We’re excited to offer affordable, fast delivery options to help neighborhood businesses meet consumer needs and grow.”
According to the USPS, Connect Local provides customers with local-to-local same-day or next-day package delivery at discounted rates that are usually only available to large-volume shippers.
How Does it Work?
- Businesses submit their contact information at www.uspsconnect.com. A USPS representative contacts them to agree to the online terms and conditions.
- Next, they visit USPS Click-N-Ship® online to enter package information, print shipping labels, prepay for postage, and receive tracking numbers, all in one place. No software integration is needed.
- Then they bring their prepaid labeled packages directly to the back dock of the designated postal facility first thing in the morning (5-7 a.m.) for same-day delivery, or 30 minutes before closing to receive next-day delivery to the ZIP code areas served by that location. They present their Click-N-Ship SCAN form and packages to the clerk.
- Carriers deliver the packages as part of their daily routes.
For more information, business customers may call 855-MY-USPS-CONNECT (855-698-7772) between 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST Monday to Friday, email USPSConnect@usps.gov, or visit www.uspsconnect.com