Archive for Thursday, July 23, 2009

Postal Services’ mailing options discussed at chamber meeting

July 23, 2009

The United States Postal Service has more options for personal and business use than one might think.

Basehor Postmaster JoAnn Rundus came to the Basehor Chamber of Commerce meeting July 16 to talk about the variety of ways people can rely on their local post offices.

Post offices are encouraging customers to use the Web site usps.com for their mailing needs, Rundus said. Some of the benefits of this site include the ability to print postage from home and order pickup for packages someone wants to mail.

"You can get online and say you're going to have this number of packages in your garage at this time, and someone will come get them for you," Rundus said. "You don't ever even have to leave your home."

Rundus said the site could also be used to make personal post cards or business post cards. She said this was a fast, easy and relatively inexpensive way to reach friends, family members or customers.

“You design your own post cards, and those cards will be addressed and mailed out for you within 24 hours,” Rundus said. “That’s handy to not have to do all that yourself.”

If a business owner or representative wants to send information to current or potential customers and doesn’t have addresses for these people, Rundus said it was possible to make a query online and order addresses for a certain area.

“Ordering those addresses is a really effective way to saturate one community for your business,” she said.

The postal Web site can also be used to file insurance claims for lost or damaged packages and to create personalized stamps. Rundus said her son designed stamps featuring his and his wife’s pictures for their wedding invitations.

“There’s just so much on there to do, so many possibilities,” Rundus said. “You get on the site, and you kind of get sucked in. I could spend hours on it looking at everything.”

Despite all the post office’s new online incentives, business has taken a hit with technological advances, such as e-mail, and with the troubled economy, Rundus said.

“I think the last report I saw said we were down about 6.2 million for the last quarter in letter volume alone,” she said. “Letters are down, parcels are down, everything’s down. We’re all suffering in this bad economy.”

Rundus said there had been some talk among post office officials about switching to a five-day delivery system, meaning Saturday mail delivery would be discontinued, but she said no decisions about it had been reached or would be reached anytime soon.

To businesses in Basehor, Rundus says to keep in touch with the post office to see if any of its new options could benefit an individual company.

For more information, call the post office at (913) 724-2248 or stop by the Basehor location at 2636 N. 155th St.

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