“New Development for Sellers Shipping Lightweight Packages” on EcommerceBytes


By Ina Steiner

First Class Package Service (FCPS) is popular with online sellers mailing packages 13 ounces and under, according to Stamps.com Senior Director of Online Marketing Eric Nash. "With a max cost of $3.47 and delivery within 1-3 days plus free tracking when you print postage online, it is a slam dunk for sellers."

Now, the Postal Service wants to move the comparable First Class Mail Parcels (FCMP) from the market-dominant product list to the competitive product list as a retail subcategory of First Class Package Service.

For sellers who ship lightweight packages and who do not print postage online, that could mean a rate hike - if the request is approved.

First we delve into the issue, then we take a look at why 13 ounces is a magic weight for online merchants.

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