Bailing on Bigcommerce: 5 Things to Look For in Your Next Ecommerce Solution

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Bigcommerce’s recent price changes have left countless online store owners in a tight spot. The platform’s most successful merchants have been blindsided by an exorbitant increase in monthly fees (3-10+ times more per month).

Merchants and eCommerce experts alike have sough to uncover the reasoning behind Bigcommerce’s decision. But unfortunately, whether the action stems from the pursuit of additional revenue, or a need to eliminate high maintenance costs, its effect is being felt across all of eCommerce, particularly by those who feel they’re being unfairly penalized for their success.

In the past 6 months, nearly 1,000 sites have migrated away from Bigcommerce – a number that continues to grow as more and more stores are alerted of their new monthly fee.

If you’re one of the unfortunate receivers of such bad news, you may be on the fence about whether or not Bigcommerce is worth its new, hefty price tag. But before you hit the market and settle on any ole shopping cart, here are five important questions you should keep in mind as you weigh your options.

1. Does it have an enterprise platform?

As you examine the pros and cons of individual shopping carts, look to see whether or not they offer an enterprise solution. Many of the stores affected by Bigcommerce’s price change experience a high volume of sales and traffic, something a lot of shopping carts’ servers aren’t equipped to handle. Ensure your business’s security and success by opting for a cart that supports enterprise hosting, which generally offers scalable, flexible hosting to meet the needs of the most demanding stores.

2. Can you migrate with ease?

You’ve built an empire, and the last thing you want to happen is to watch it crumble. Consult with individual shopping carts to determine how easy it will be to migrate your store over to their platform. Will you be able to migrate your products, customers, content pages, design? Find out what’s possible and what’s not, and if there are any fees associated with the process.

3. Are your preferred payment gateways supported?

Odds are your business relies on a specific payment solution to process payments. When going through your shopping cart checklist, verify that your preferred payment gateway is supported, and if not, what your available options are. Many eCommerce platforms also charge their merchants a transaction fee when you use a third-party gateway rather than their own. Double check that you aren’t going to be hit by any hidden fees that may eat into your profits.

4. Are their prices competitive?

Pricing varies significantly from one shopping cart to the next. Some platforms offer cheap monthly plans, but restrict their merchants to bare-bones, basic features, while others offer a plethora of advanced tools and features for what amounts to pocket change.

If you’re considering signing up for an enterprise plan, see which platform will get you the most bang for your buck – and more importantly, which ones are worth their asking price. If you’re looking to spend upwards of several hundred dollars a month, ensure you’re given everything you need and want to succeed.

5. Will you be nickel-and-dimed?

Countless online store owners sign up for an eCommerce platform under the false impression that they have everything they need to succeed, only to find themselves unequipped to handle simple, everyday tasks. Their only solution? Pay an extra sum for an app, feature or service.

Verify that the platform you’re considering isn’t holding out on important, basic features in an attempt to nickel-and-dime you. Find out exactly what’s included with your plan, and where you can expect fees to occur.

Start a Free Trial

Ecommerce pricing pages may have a lot of the information you need to make a decision, but you won’t know if a platform is right for you until you experience it first hand. Create some free trial accounts and see how easy it is to navigate, conduct searches and complete everyday tasks. Ensure that you can manage your business with ease, efficiency, and that all the tools and features you need to succeed are available right at your fingertips.

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3dcart Celebrates Small Business Appreciation Month

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February may be a month notorious for gifting chocolates, flowers and sentimental cards, but it’s also a time when our nation unites to show our appreciation toward the small businesses that help fuel and drive our economy.

Thousands of small business owners and entrepreneurs dedicate their time, energy and lives toward building and growing businesses that shape and affect commerce trends. These individuals, ranging in age, industry experience and background, represent the heart and strength of the U.S.’s bustling, evolving economy.

Unfortunately, pursuing one’s business dream is a rewarding experience that too few are willing or committed to undertake, with fears of financial loss stymieing the aspiration of countless individuals. But with access to the right tools, features and services, accomplishing your business goals is an endeavor that’s not only feasible, but surprisingly easy too.

If you’re hoping to find success in 2016 with your own online store, check out the following important factors you should keep in mind before taking the plunge into entrepreneurship.

Launching Your Business

Running an online store requires a great deal of not only time, but financial commitment too. Before you commit your energy and finances toward realizing your business dream, consider the pros and cons of entrepreneurship and whether you fully understand the costs associated with launching, managing and growing your business.

Though entrepreneurship is an incredibly rewarding experience, it’s not without its fair share of burdensome responsibilities, many of which can impede upon your personal life. Try to be honest with yourself about whether you’re ready to invest the untold amount of time and money your business may require. Unrealistic notions of success or your workload can have devastating effects, so take time to thoroughly research and examine your business idea, competition, and motivation for launching your own business.

Growing Your Business

The key to growing your business is investing time and money into its future. If your business requires financial support, explore your available funding options, such as a line of credit, or a business or SBA loan. Determining whether your business needs a small or large investment will help you narrow your search and select a funding option that’ll best cater to your business’s expansion and/or operation costs.

As an entrepreneur, you need to have a keen understanding of your budget and finances. To cut costs and ensure maximum profits, it’s important to opt for a shopping cart that’ll provide your business with as many essential tools and features as possible. Having free access to marketing tools, eCommerce themes, a POS system, and multichannel selling will allow you to cut costs and invest your profits toward other important aspects of running an online business.

Protecting Your Business

A great business strategy in conjunction with a powerful eCommerce platform is a union destined for greatness. Yet despite this recipe for success, your business will need security measures that’ll protect it from potential failure.

To remain competitive, your business will require a fast website with minimal downtime, advanced cart abandonment tools, and implemented security measures that’ll not only protect your customers’ sensitive data, but prevent fraudulent orders too – a serious and growing concern with the explosive growth of eCommerce.

3dcart’s Small Business Bundle

If you’re finally ready to take the plunge into entrepreneurship, 3dcart’s Small Business Bundle will provide you with everything you need to setup, launch and manage a successful online store.

Available for $99, the Small Business Bundle includes:

  • First Month Pro Plus Plan ($99 value)
  • 1-year Rapid SSL (Up to $129 value)
  • QuickStart Session ($249 value)
  • Premium Theme (Up to $199 value)

This offer is only available for a limited time (ends 2/29/2016). For more information, visit 3dcart or contact our Sales Team at 1.800.828.6650.

Stay tuned! We’ll be featuring additional helpful articles in celebration of Business Appreciation Month.

12 Tips for Designing an Awesome Welcome Email

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The welcome email, typically triggered upon joining a mailing list, is one of the most important emails a customer will receive during the course of their relationship with a business. As the crown jewel of any retailer’s email marketing effort, the welcome email sets the tone for the type of relationship a business hopes to build with its customers, and can serve to aid or hinder a brand’s image.

Whether a welcome message is presented in a magazine style ad or more of a hero image representative of a business’s website, a well-designed welcome email aims to inspire brand loyalty and entice its recipient with a sense of exclusivity, excitement, or other powerful emotion. According to a study by Experian, welcome emails not only generate 4x the total open rates and 5x the click rates of all other promotional emails, but they also have a transaction rate 9x higher than bulk mailings! With welcome emails less likely to be regarded as spam, and frequent strong call-to-actions, it’s really no surprise that this single email can produce such phenomenal numbers.

A welcome email is not only a golden marketing opportunity, but a cause for celebration too! You’ve secured yourself a subscriber, and it’s up to you to do everything you can to keep them – starting with the very first email your customer will receive from your store.

Let’s take a look at some of the ways you can optimize and customize your Welcome Email to start increasing opens and conversions today.

  1. Use the Word “Welcome” In Your Title

The word “welcome” sets your introductory email apart from other promotional emails, and ideally should be the first word to appear in your subject line. But the word “welcome” alone isn’t enough to appeal to your customer. Spend time A/B testing to see which alluring subject line best matches your store’s brand and image. You may want to opt for humor, excitement, or something a bit more subdued if you’re selling elegant or luxury products.

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  1. Send Your Email Promptly

The majority of retailers send out their welcome emails immediately after sign up, and for good reason too! Customers who have just signed up for a mailing list have expressed genuine interest in a brand, an intent to purchase, and a request to build a relationship. Unfortunately, this window of opportunity is relatively small. A welcome email arriving days or even hours later not only poorly represents a company, but will more than likely result in the loss of a potential customer.

  1. Personalize Your Greeting

There are numerous ways to collect emails for your mailing list, including the checkout process, a sign up box on your home page, or a pop up box that advertises a strong call-to-action. If you’re able to acquire your subscriber’s name, feel free to use it in your email. Customers have a stronger reaction to content when a message appears to be tailored specifically to them. A name at the start of an email allows a brand to individually connect with a shopper, despite it being an automated message.

  1. Request for Whitelist

Once you’ve acquired a subscriber’s email, one of the first things you’ll want to do is ensure all future promotional emails land in the customer’s inbox instead of their junk folder. Asking a recipient to add your email to their white list, either via the header or footer of the email, is a great way to accomplish this. Consider adding safe sender instructions in your email for recipients who may not be familiar with the process.

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  1. Request Information for Personalized Emails

Your subscribers may have all signed up on your home or checkout page, but that doesn’t mean they all share the same interests or preferences. Depending on the type of product(s) you sell, you may benefit from personalizing future emails. You can accomplish this by acquiring additional information from your subscribers, such as what types of emails or what kinds of products they’re interested in.

A subscriber is less likely to feel “spammed” when they receive information personally tailored to their shopping habits, rather than receiving mass generic emails that may not contain offers or information deemed valuable.

  1. Set Expectations and Reinforce Value

Once a subscriber has signed up for your newsletter, it’s only polite (and logical!) to give them a glimpse of what’s to come. Most retailers typically include a rather vague message akin to “Now that you’ve subscribed, you’ll be the first to know about our future products and deals.” Consider spicing up and reinforcing your mailing list’s value with additional perks that’ll really incentivize shoppers to always open future emails.

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  1. Promote Social Pages

Your social media pages are (hopefully) up-to-date information-hubs that reflect the latest news, sales, and discussions. Give your subscribers a chance to follow your brand by promoting your Facebook, Twitter or other social accounts right in the footer or header of your welcome email. Reinforce the value of these pages by giving readers a taste of what can be expected by following your page, such as sweepstakes, exclusive product previews, and more.

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  1. Evoke a Powerful Emotion

The design of your welcome email, from color palette and font to images and copy, should elicit a powerful emotion that resonates with your store’s brand. You may want to adopt a humorous, elegant, or edgy vibe that matches your image and product.

When crafting your email, ensure all components create a cohesive message that reflects your business’s tone and message. Your brand should always maintain a consistent image, so don’t stray too far from your already established marketing tactics and designs.

  1. Showcase Content Marketing

If you’re in the business of creating new, awesome content to bolster your SEO efforts, why not promote it right in your welcome email? Show subscribers that you’re actively engaging, creating and discussing important issues related to your brand, product or industry. Today’s shoppers are looking to purchase from business’s they trust, and few measures can instill such a powerful emotion like an active online presence.

  1. Tell Your Story

Aside from your About Us page, your welcome email is perhaps the greatest place to share your business’s unique or exciting story. Telling your story is a unique tactic for differentiating your brand from your competitors, an essential marketing tactic if you’re competing in shark-filled waters. Providing readers with a memorable recap or highlight of your business’s early days can help promote brand loyalty and establish a personal connection with readers.

  1. Appeal with an Offer

Countless retailers offer vouchers or incentives to push their visitors to sign up for their mailing lists. It’s perhaps the single most popular welcome email tactic – and who can blame them? It’s a tried-and-true tactic that’s continued to lure in deal-and-discount hunters for years. Whether you’re offering a free product, a one-time use percentage-off coupon, or free shipping, an offer is an excellent way to start building a positive lifetime relationship with new subscribers.

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  1. Ensure Mobile-Friendliness

An increasing number of emails are opened on mobile devices, with recent reports suggesting that mobile email opens have now surpassed desktop (54% for mobile!). Consequently, it’s of paramount importance that you go the extra mile to ensure your welcome email looks awesome not only for desktop readers, but for your mobile readers as well. Failing to deliver a memorable mobile experience will not only make your brand appear out of touch with today’s trends, but will probably result in countless lost sales too.

Hit the Drawing Board

If you’re not satisfied with your welcome email’s opens and conversions, try your hand at some of the above strategies. Not all of these tips will necessarily work for your business’s approach, so it’s best to run some A/B testing to ensure your email works with your brand and image. Most importantly, like all other aspects of your eCommerce store, keep your email’s content fresh and up-to-date for optimal impact and maximum conversions.

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7 Tips for Writing Great Email Subject Lines

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Picking a great subject line for your email campaigns is a lot like playing roulette – sometimes, without A/B testing campaigns, it’s impossible to know where your efforts will land. But with email marketing playing a major role in the short and long-term success of your business, it’s imperative that you take steps to ensure you’re sending out awesome subject lines that won’t alienate your readers.

According to studies, the two most important factors to determine whether an email is opened are the sender (64%) and the subject line (47%). If that’s not impressive, take into consideration that 35% of recipients open emails based on the subject line alone.

A single line of text can have a major impact on the effectiveness and outcome of your email marketing campaign. If you’re looking to increase your open-rates and drive sales to your online store, take into consideration the following do’s and don’ts of subject lines.

1. Avoid spam triggered words

Certain keywords have a tendency to trigger spam filters and/or cause recipients to quickly mark your mail as junk. According to email marketing service MailChimp, words commonly triggered by spam filters include “help,” “percent off,” and “reminder.” Try and avoid these common sales-pitchy words if possible. You’ll also want to tone down your sales pitches by refraining from ill-received punctuation such as all caps and an overuse of exclamation points.

2. Add urgency by including a deadline

Create a sense of exclusivity by including a deadline in your subject line. Shoppers are always on the lookout for hot deals that promise great bang for their buck, and are more likely to open your email if a sense of urgency is established. Let customers know that your limited-time deal is just that – limited, and push customers to take action sooner rather than later.

3. Keep your subject lines short and sweet

Email recipients browse their mail in a hurry, scrolling through countless advertisements that continually promise timeworn, hackneyed deals. Ensure your email doesn’t drown in a sea of trite clones with a short yet captivating subject that’ll draw eyeballs like moths to a flame.

4. Pose a question

Your email recipients are inundated with countless promotional emails that for the most part, pretty much all look the same. Nearly everyone advertises Labor Day, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday deals. And while these are great days to market your store, your subject line doesn’t need to follow the masses.

Shoppers are curious by nature, and nothing will get their attention faster than a subject that poses a question. Just remember that your body needs to provide the answer; don’t leave your shoppers hanging with more questions than answers.

5. Personalize your message

Everyone loves to feel special, even in the eyes of their favorite brand. Your email campaigns are sent to hundreds and thousands of individuals, but that doesn’t mean you can’t personalize your message. Including your recipient’s name in the subject line is a proven tactic for increasing open-rates. People love to see their name, and are more likely to find your content of interest when they believe it’s tailored to their interests or benefit.

6. Make your subject lines mobile-friendly

Billions of people use their mobile devices to check their email at school, work and nearly everywhere on the go. This tip goes hand in hand with keeping your subject lines short and sweet. While longer openings may seem more appealing, especially when you’re desperate to pack a bunch of info in a short space, it’s important to remember how this will appear to mobile viewers. Keep in mind how and where shoppers are reading their mail and always optimize your subject lines accordingly.

7. Switch up your subject lines

Your last 5 email campaigns may have all been related to a 25% discount or free shipping, but that doesn’t mean you need to use the same subject line over and over. Every piece of produced content from your business should always be new and fresh. Recycling your words will decrease the value of your perceived deals, and may cause shoppers to quickly lose interest with a business that’s stuck on repeat.

Gain a Competitive Edge and Improve Visibility with SEO

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Merchants looking to gain an edge over their competitors and rank high in search results have a number of marketing channels at their disposal, but with SEO providing more targeted lead generation than any other marketing channel; its adoption isn’t optional – but absolutely, critically essential.

Acquiring high rankings in organic listings is an accomplishment sought by nearly every business, but rarely, if ever achieved. A successful SEO plan takes time to implement, and fruitful results are anything but instant, with the bedrock of SEO – “link building” – occurring over an extended length of time.

While merchants can choose to bolster their strategies with PPC advertisements, the assurance of success can only be achieved through solid and consistent organic listings. Finding a place on page one of a search listing gives your business the creditability and authority it needs to establish trust and loyalty with customers.

3dcart’s fully managed SEO packages are based on your needs as an online business and follow “Industry Best Practices.” Designed for small and large businesses alike, our SEO experts will provide services that’ll help your website rank as highly as possible.

3dcart currently offers 4 SEO packages: SEO Essentials for $149.99/month, SEO premium for $249.99/month, SEO Advanced for $499.99/month and our top-of-the-line SEO Enterprise for $799.99/month.

Subscribers to our plans may gain access to monthly SEO score calculation, Google Analytics implementation and monitoring, daily sitemap submission and audits, top level URL on-page customization of titles and meta tags, SEO settings audit, monthly SEO reporting, broken links report, keyword research, and many other services geared toward improving a site’s overall online presence.

If you’d like to benefit from a strong and sound SEO plan without any of work or hassle, our Expert team is ready and capable to deliver the results you’re looking for.

For more information, contact our sales team at 1.800.828.6650 or visit our eCommerce Marketing Services.

Easy Email Receipt Marketing Hacks to Boost Sales

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A digital receipt, delivered straight to your customer’s inbox, is a powerful marketing channel that many businesses fail to fully utilize. Email receipts are an easy way for small and large businesses to establish powerful call-to-actions and promote free, revenue-generating advertising.

While the primary purpose of an email receipt should always be functional and never marketing-oriented, that doesn’t mean there isn’t room to incorporate tactics that will increase revenue. An excellent email receipt will promote customer engagement, allow you to easily connect with your customers, and help boost sales all at the same time.

Let’s take a look at some of the ways you can improve your email receipts.

1. Include Product Recommendations

Your existing customers are the easiest to sell to, with studies showing that 80% of your company’s revenue coming from just 20% of your existing customers. As an ecommerce merchant, you’ll want to take advantage of every upsell and cross-sell opportunity that comes your way – including email receipts.

See what reactions customers have to incorporating related products in your emails – upsell add-ons, accessories, or other related items that you think your customers will love. And although upselling via an email is far from subtle, its results likely won’t go unnoticed: studies show that 60% of customers will buy an upsell that is worth 60% of the price of the product they just bought.

2. Appeal to Customers and Encourage Loyalty with a Discount

A customer who has just received one of your email receipts has already completed their purchase, but that doesn’t mean an end to your relationship with them. Incentivize your customers to return to your store with an appealing discount that promotes excitement and encourages repeat sales.

Shoppers love to be rewarded, and what better way to show your customer appreciation and inspire a bit of loyalty than with a discount off their next purchase? Try including a time-sensitive discount for 20% off their next order, free expedited shipping, or a flat discount of $10 off.

Help build strong customer relationships with a marketing tactic that both parties will find mutually beneficial.

3. Keep Your Customers in the Loop with Social Media

Nearly one-third of the world is a subscriber to a social media platform, with over 1.3 billion people actively using Facebook alone. With its growing popularity, social media plays a critical role in the success of any business. Take advantage of this popular marketing channel by promoting your Twitter, Youtube and other social accounts right on your customer’s email receipt.

Try including links to your social media accounts in the footer of your receipt (or any other location of your preference). Social media is a convenient, excellent avenue for customers to attain information about promotions, sales, contests, and other news related to your business. Customers in the loop are customers who will return for your next big sale.

4. Add a Survey and Collect Feedback

While your sales numbers may not suggest anything’s amiss, it’s possible there are issues or concerns your customers are facing that you’re unaware of, potentially affecting your conversions. Unsatisfied customers often voice their opinions via social media, but that doesn’t have to be your only source for collecting valuable feedback.

Try including a short, easy-to-answer survey in your email receipts. Information collected from surveys will allow you to stay up-to-date with your customers’ level of satisfaction and alert you of any potential issues that may develop into a serious, wide-reaching nightmare.

Brand loyalty can only be established when a customer knows their opinion is valued and that measures are taken to address any and all concerns. Acquiring feedback is the first and best step to ensuring every customer is a happy customer.

5. Encourage Customers to Share Their Purchase Socially

As discussed earlier, social media plays a major role in the daily life of a huge percentage of your customers. Make it easy for customers to share their purchase by including a share link in your email receipt.

A customer who has just made a purchase is experiencing a shopping high, and with a subtle nudge, is likely to share their purchase with their own social network. According to Nielsen, 92% of consumers around the world say they trust word-of-mouth or recommendations from friends and family above all other forms of advertising.

Increase your likelihood of attracting traffic from your customer’s network by making it easy for them to share your beloved products.

Drive Traffic and Sales with the Power and Pull of Social Media

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Social Media is a powerful eCommerce tool that delivers big results at a fraction of the cost of traditional marketing channels. Leading social platform Facebook has spearheaded social media’s ubiquitous presence in everyday life, helping businesses and customers connect and engage 24/7/365, all around the world.

In today’s day and age, regular social engagement plays a key role in establishing a business’s credibility, building customer relationships, and of course, securing a strong online presence. According to Duke University, social media spending currently accounts for 9% of the average business’s marketing budget, and is expected to increase to more than 21% in the next 5 years!

A business’s social media profile page is more than just an outlet for news and information; it’s a massive, evolving commerce gateway that can affect a business as much (or more) than a physical storefront. And while Facebook is hardly the only outlet for building your brand, its massive following secures its positions as the biggest fish in the pond.

In its 2015 Q3 earnings report, Facebook revealed that their total monthly users reached 1.55 billion in Q3, an impressive 14% increase compared to the same time last year. Furthermore, the platform also witnessed an incredible surge in daily active users, rising 17% to reach 1.01 billion users.

Take a look at the infographic released by Zuckerberg on Facebook after the earnings release:

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If you’re looking to reap big rewards from social media, you’ll need to publish great content on a consistent basis – a difficult undertaking for merchants strapped on time and/or energy. Creating great content multiple times a week is a big responsibility, and proves even harder when your business lacks exciting news such as the release of a new product or a storewide blowout.

3dcart’s Social Media packages are the ideal solution for merchants looking to tackle and utilize the power of social media’s largest platform without any of the stress or hassle of day-to-day social management. Designed for businesses of every size, 3dcart’s plans guarantee a strong Facebook presence that’ll lead to increased conversions and improved customer satisfaction.

Here’s a brief overview of some of the awesome features included in our Social Media packages:

  • Access to a dedicated social media Expert
  • Campaign kickoff call
  • Industry-proven social media strategy
  • Social Research
  • Regular social media engagement
  • 2 (Lite), 4 (Standard) or continuous (Ultimate) engaging social media posts per week
  • Monthly analytics report
  • Optimization of social media profile
  • Monthly results phone call (for Standard/Ultimate)
  • Access to our social media Experts
  • Weekly (Standard) or continuous (Ultimate) monitoring of social activity
  • Monthly social analysis and campaign results phone call (Standard/Ultimate)

For a full list of provided services, check out our Marketing Services page here.

Whether your business is just starting out or already boasts a large following, it’s never too late to start building a strong social media presence. Start crafting quality, engaging posts, today, and experience the impact a social platform can have on your online store.

USPS Postage Rate Increase Starts January 17, 2016

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Effective January 17, 2016, the U.S. Postal Service® (USPS) will change many of its postage prices and special service offerings. The price change comes on the heels of UPS® and FedEx® rate increases, which were implemented on December 28, 2015 and January 4, 2016, respectively.

The new price changes will see the first price increase to Commercial Priority Mail in more than three years. But although the average price increase for Priority Mail is 9.8%, the overall change is approximately 3.3% when averaged over the three year period.

Some additional key highlights of the changes that will be introduced come January 17, 2016 include:

  • First-Class Package Service maximum weight will increase from 12.99oz to 15.99oz for Commercial Base shippers
  • Discontinued offerings: Priority Mail Express Flat Rate Box, Priority Mail Regional Rate C Box (domestic and international), Critical Mail and Critical Mail with Signature
  • Standard Post will be renamed Retail Ground
  • Parcel Select Non-presort will be renamed Parcel Select Ground
  • Commercial Plus Pricing (CPP) discounts over Commercial Base Pricing (CBP) will be greatly reduced or in some cases altogether eliminated.
  • The 14, 15 and 15.999 ounce First-Class Package Service offering, currently restricted to CPP, will be consolidated into the Commercial Base price category.

Here are a few of the postage rate changes to take place. Please keep in mind that the following values reflect averages and may differ than your actual costs.

  • Priority Mail Flat Rate: prices will be increased across the board anywhere from $0.40 to $0.85 each
  • Average retail price of Priority Mail will increase by 8.6% and the average retail price of Priority Mail Express will increase by 14.4%
  • First-Class Package Service will increase 12.8% overall
  • Standard Post Prices will be raised by an average of 10%
  • International Shipping products will be increased. Some average price changes include: Global Express Guaranteed will increase 7.1%, Priority Mail International will increase 10.2%, Priority Mail Express International will increase 11.6%, and First-Class Package International Services will increase by 21.6%

For more detailed information about U.S. Postal Service’s price changes, visit Endicia or Stamps.com