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Free shipping supplies!

So you’ve got the goods, you’ve picked your carrier….There’s only one thing left. Shipping supplies. Did you know that all of the major carriers offer their users FREE shipping supplies simply by holding an account with them?

UPS shippers holding a UPS account qualify for free shipping supplies. By simply logging into your My UPS account, you can search and order packaging, labels, air freight supplies and even pre-printed forms.  The best part is that if you use the same supplies over and over, My UPS allows you to easily reorder the supplies you use frequently. All of our NRGship customers also qualify for free labels to use in their thermal or laser printers and are provided with a quick link to order supplies from all of our solutions.

Similar to UPS, FedEx also offers their registered users access to free shipping supplies. They provide free shipping of their products and guarantee them to arrive within 2-5 business days.  They also allow shippers to visit any of their local FedEx locations to pick up supplies if they are needed quickly.  Also offered for free are various specialty shipping supplies including COD air waybills, Clinical Pak’s and identifier labels.

The USPS provides everyone the opportunity to receive free Priority Mail boxes, various shipping forms and Express Mail packaging. You can even get mailing stickers and entire shipping kits at no charge. Visit the USPS Postal Store for more details. USPS packaging, forms and labels can also be ordered for free through Endicia.

Visit your carrier website today for more information on how to get your own free shipping supplies and be on your way to easier shipping!

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USPS Plays iPhone App Catch-Up with USPS Mobile™

In time for your last minute holiday shipments, USPS has delivered on their promise to provide a native app for iPhone users. The app provides the ability to locate postal properties, get zip codes and track shipments.

Look for a full review of UPS Mobile in the upcoming week.

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USPS Mobile -or- 5 Things I Hate About


Last week the USPS announced that they are offering a mobile-optimized version of the most popular functions from the website. While some will appreciate this addition, the implementation of the iPhone specific version is a bit disappointing.

1. No good looking icon for my iPhone home screen! – when you add the web page to your home iPhone, it’s displayed with a generic icon, making it hard to locate amidst all my apps and links. It doesn’t take much effort to create a 57×57 icon named apple-touch-icon.png.

2. No way home! There is always link home at the bottom of the page, but I have to scroll. Make the header image link home please.

3. Bad Form Validation. If I error in form input, it has to reload a page, which is really annoying on a mobile device. Simple client side JavaScript can have been utilized to check for form requirements/errors quickly.

4. Not optimized for the iPhone! There are tons of templates out there, and it’s not hard to create your own. iui or another framework could have been utilized to provide a iPhone-like appearance. At least the address bar could be hidden to provide more screen real estate.

5. The locator function could utilize Geographic Location Classes.

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