Atlanta was the first market to test the new service, which is designed for small- and medium-sized mailers that do not typically qualify for postal discounts on first-class mail.
Many small- to medium-sized mailers typically don't qualify for postal discounts on first-class letters because they don't generate enough daily volume. However, because UPS consolidates mail from a number of customers and then tenders it to a presort company, which sorts the mail and delivers it to the U.S. Postal Service, UPS says customers can take advantage of reduced postal rates.
“This area is experiencing significant growth and activity, which makes our market an excellent choice for the next expansion of this service," said Gerard Gibbons, UPS southwest regional sales manager. "This service is a logical extension of UPS's core capabilities and complements the overall strategy of enabling global commerce."
Through the presort service, customers meter their mail at a reduced rate and then place the first-class letters into a specially provided, bright yellow UPS bag. The UPS driver who stops at the business every afternoon picks up this package along with the other UPS packages.