Fit to print

The Postal Service has integrated Click-N-Ship with Label Broker, aiming to improve customer service and the organization’s position in the burgeoning shipping marketplace.

Label Broker allows customers without access to a printer to have their shipping labels printed at a participating Post Office. The labels are stored in a secure, online USPS repository.

Now, when a customer uses Click-N-Ship to create an online shipping label, he or she will have the option to receive an email that includes a Label Broker ID as a specially formatted QR code.

The customer can then bring their package and Label Broker ID — either printed or on a mobile device — to a participating Post Office. After presenting the ID to a retail associate, the employee will scan the QR code, affix the label to the package and provide the customer with a receipt.

“With more customers working from home — often without access to a printer — the combination of Click-N-Ship with Label Broker functionality facilitates USPS shipping for consumers, home offices and small businesses. This is a win for both customers and USPS,” said Gary Reblin, the Postal Service’s new products and innovations vice president.

Retail associates can review Retail Digest’s Sept. 1 edition for steps to properly and quickly handle Label Broker transactions.

Employees with questions can send an email to LabelBroker@usps.gov.

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No playing politics

The Postal Service wants employees to remember the Hatch Act’s rules regarding participation in political activities.

The Hatch Act is a law that prohibits federal employees from engaging in political activity while on duty, while wearing a federal uniform or identification badge, while on federal property or while inside a federal vehicle.

Under the law, employees are also prohibited from engaging in the following activities, whether they are on duty or not:

  • Hosting a political fundraiser, inviting anyone to attend a fundraiser or collecting funds on behalf of a campaign or candidate
  • Running for office in a partisan election in which one or more of the candidates is representing a political party
  • Using their postal job title, position or authority while engaged in a partisan political activity

The Ethics Blue page has more Hatch Act resources, including a Let’s Talk Politics! fact sheet. Employees who have questions can send an email to ethics.help@usps.gov.

News Briefs

New prices

Price changes. Temporary price increases for USPS commercial domestic parcel products took effect Oct. 18.

The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) approved the changes last month.

The increases — which affect Priority Mail Express, Priority Mail, First-Class Package Service and Commercial Parcel Select — will continue until Dec. 27 at 12 a.m. Central time. After that, prices will revert to 2020 prices.

The Postal Explorer website has more information.

Earlier this month, USPS announced changes that would affect Mailing Services and International Shipping Services prices. If reviewed favorably by the PRC, these changes would take effect Jan. 24, 2021.

Service update. The usps.com Service Alerts section has the latest updates on Hurricane Delta, which struck the Gulf Coast last week, and the West Coast wildfires.

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