DC Velocity--The U.S. Postal Service's (USPS) proposed 2013 rate increases on shipping services will hit e-tailers fairly hard but take it somewhat easier on high-volume users of the USPS' Priority Mail service. The increases are slated to take effect Jan. 27.

The biggest proposed increase will be a 9 percent jump in the USPS' popular Parcel Select service. Under the Parcel Select service, parcel consolidators or carriers, like FedEx Corp., UPS Inc., and DHL Express, can deliver shipments deep into the postal system and then have the final delivery made by USPS letter carriers. In this way, shippers can take advantage of the fact that by law the USPS must serve every address in the United States.

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