Why USPS Pulled a Branded T-shirt From Its Online Store
August 15, 2019 at 1:11 pm

The U.S. Postal Service pulled a T-shirt from its online store after a retired aerospace engineer pointed out that the airplane on the shirt's design looked like a Cold War-era Soviet aircraft. USPS said the design, which had been selected by an unnamed vendor, was most likely just some stock art of an airplane. Weirdly, the shirt also included a typo that likely would have gone unnoticed if not for the whole strange sequence...

USPS Promotions Back for 2019
January 23, 2019 at 2:23 pm

Although USPS mailing promotions took a break in 2018, they are back for 2019. This year there are five old ones and one new one.

How Should You Mark Shipping on Orders?
December 7, 2018 at 1:39 pm

Question: Should I put the real shipping or in-hands dates on the orders I send to suppliers? Answer: I always built in a cushion of a few days to prevent 11th hour heroics and to be prepared for client ignorance, like neglecting to tell me the event is at 8 a.m. or that they need…

New USPS Ruling Advances EnvyPak's Automation Letter Rate Approval
August 16, 2018 at 2:35 pm

EnvyPak, Columbus, Ohio, received another new ruling from the United States Postal Service that provides lower automation letter rates for a specifically-formatted, polypropylene envelope that now does not require an affixed mailing label, can be sealed with glue applied by lettershops and is fully machine-insertable. Using this specially formatted, Automation Letter Rate (ALR) clear poly…

American Lung Association Issues Not-So-Sweet Opinion on USPS Scratch-and-Sniff Stamps
July 30, 2018 at 1:17 pm

Two months ago, news of scratch-and-sniff stamps from the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) had us pondering which promotional products would benefit from a similar treatment and which would violate considerations of common sense. For the latter, of course, we had some fun with it, as we doubt anyone would consider adding a scratch-and-sniff scent to…

How a U.S. Truck Driver Shortage Is Impacting Promo Industry Shipping
June 5, 2018 at 2:12 pm

According to the American Trucking Associations (ATA), there's a shortage of approximately 50,000 truck drivers in the U.S. This shortage is contributing to shipping issues for retailers and consumers, and it's seeping into the promotional products space, too...

Great (and Gross) Promo Ideas Inspired by USPS’ New Scratch-and-Sniff Stamps
May 22, 2018 at 2:12 pm

With the USPS set to launch scratch-and-sniff stamps, we began to wonder which promotional products might benefit from a similar treatment and which should definitely resist the urge to be nosy about our noses’ inner workings. Just for fun, here are three examples of goods that would be more awesome and three that sound downright terrible in scratch-and-sniff form...