USPS changes effective September 3rd, 2017

Applies to: AbleCommerce Gold

Last Update Date:  10/13/2017

Severity: Normal

 

OVERVIEW OF CHANGES

September 2017 Rate and Name Change

The U.S. Postal Service announced that it will increase its rates on First-Class Mail® Parcels (FCM Parcels) by a weighted average of 9.9 percent, effective September 3, 2017.

The Postal Regulatory Commission's approved the reclassification of First-Class Mail Parcels as retail prices for First-Class™ Package Services (FCPS).

Starting September 3rd, 2017:

  • "USPS First-Class Mail Parcel" service name is changed to "USPS First-Class Package Service - Retail"

Patch Includes:  

Updated ~\App_Data\uspsmethods.csv

OPTIONAL - If you already have a current list of USPS shipping methods, you may optionally update your existing uspsmethods.csv file by following the instructions in the last section of this document.  There is one line changed.

 

Instructions to apply the USPS Patch to AbleCommerce Gold

1. Download: uspsmethods_Sept_2017.zip  MD5: 9e2ce1665576e24ad8a046a36426db7d

2  Using the MD5 checksum number provided, you can verify the integrity of the download before extraction (see below).  This step is optional to ensure the download is valid.

TO VERIFY THE DOWNLOAD:

a.  Go to WinMD5.com or any other utility that can provide checksum validation.

b.  Download and Run the utility.

c.  Select the downloaded file.

d.  In the field provided, past the original MD5 value provided by AbleCommerce help site, and click Verify.

e.  If the validation fails, do NOT install the patch.  Instead, contact support for help.

3. Extract the file to the ~\App_Data\ folder of your installation.

4. You may need to restart IIS or recycle the application pool.

5. Login to your Merchant Menu.

6. Go to the Configure > Shipping > Integrated Carriers page and edit the USPS configuration.

7. Remove the existing configuration for "USPS First-Class Mail Parcel".

8. Now add the updated one "USPS First-Class Package Service - Retail".

9. Save changes.

10. Run a quick test by using the shipping estimate form with an eligible product.

 

 

TO MANUALLY UPDATE YOUR USPS SERVICE NAME

1. Make a backup of the "uspsmethods.csv" file in the /app_data/ folder.

2. Open the CSV file.

NOTE: You may need to stop the website if the file is in use.

If you have trouble using Excel and saving the CSV file, then you may optionally rename the file to a .txt, make the change, then rename back to .csv.

3. Make the following change to Row 13

CHANGE FROM -

First-Class Mail<sup>®</sup> Parcel|USPS First-Class Mail Parcel

CHANGE TO -

First-Class Package Service - Retail<sup>™</sup>|USPS First-Class Package Service - Retail

4. After making the change to the CSV file, you must recycle the application, or restart the website.

5. Login to your Merchant Menu.

6. Next, go to the Configure > Shipping > Integrated Carriers page and edit the USPS configuration.

7. Remove the existing configuration for "USPS First-Class Mail Parcel".

8. Now add the updated one "USPS First-Class Package Service - Retail".

9. Save changes.

10. Run a quick test by using the shipping estimate form with an eligible product.

 

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