LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - Jan 23, 2012) - Stamps.com® (NASDAQ: STMP), the leading provider of USPS postage online and shipping software to over 400,000 customers, today announced that its mailing and shipping software solution is now upgraded with the new USPS® rates that went into effect today. The upgrade was free and launched in real time, enabling Stamps.com customers to instantly transition to the new USPS rates without the slightest disruption in workflow. Small business owners may also download a free Stamps.com guide that overviews the 2012 postage rate increase.

"Stamps.com software is designed to provide seamless, reliable mailing and shipping services," said President and CEO Ken McBride. "As always, we make sure all USPS rate changes are a hassle-free experience for our customers."

In addition to new rates, the USPS has expanded its offering of leading, cost-effective services with the introduction of a new Express Mail® Flat Rate Box and Priority Mail® Regional Rate Box C. The addition of the two boxes gives customers tremendous cost-saving potential, further positioning the USPS as the best value in the mailing and shipping industry.

Highlights of the 2012 USPS postage rate increase include:

  • Postage rates increased for all USPS mail classes, including letters. The one-ounce letter rate increased from 44 cents to 45 cents, while the rate for additional ounces remained the same at 20 cents. The postcard rate increased from 29 cents to 32 cents.
  • Online postage customers (such as Stamps.com customers) will continue to receive discounted rates for Express Mail, Priority Mail and First-Class™ Package Service. The discounted rates offer up to 62% off retail Post Office™ prices.
  • The new Express Mail Flat Rate Box allows customers to ship a box with overnight delivery anywhere in the country for one price regardless of weight (up to 70 lbs). Priced at $39.95, the box offers a value that's virtually unmatched.
  • The new Priority Mail Regional Rate Box C is the Postal Service's largest and deepest box at 15" x 12" x 12" and can hold up to 25 lbs. When compared to regular Priority Mail, Regional Rate Box C offers savings up to $11 for packages weighing 18 lbs or more.

Additionally, Stamps.com released the "Ultimate Guide to the 2012 USPS Postage Rate Increase" to help small business owners identify and transition to the rate changes that affect mailing and shipping operations. The guide is free and can be downloaded at: http://www.stamps.com/whitepapers/Ultimate-Guide-2012-USPS-Postage-Rate-Increase.pdf

About Stamps.com

Stamps.com (NASDAQ: STMP) is a leading provider of Internet-based postage services. Stamps.com's service enables small businesses, high-volume shippers, enterprise shippers, and consumers to print U.S. Postal Service-approved postage with just a PC, printer and Internet connection, right from their home or office. The Company currently has PC Postage partnerships with Avery Dennison, Microsoft, HP, the U.S. Postal Service and others.

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