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Americans File Changes of Address Online-And Select Retail
Here's moving news: According to the National Association of Realtors, "home sales remain at
historically high levels." This means address changes filed with the United States Postal
Service will likely also remain high: about 45 million a year, Postal Service officials report.
If you'll be among those moving Americans anytime soon, you should know that many
consider the fastest, easiest and most convenient way to file a change of address is with the
Postal Service at usps.com. Other change-of-address options include Telephone Change of
Address at 1-800-ASK-USPS and the Mover's Guide found in Post Offices.
In addition to letters, statements and advertising mail, many movers want to make sure they
keep getting their favorite catalogs at their new home. For them, there's the optional Catalog
Request Card Service that is available online with the Change of Address form.
After customers complete the Internet Change of Address form, they can select specific retail
catalogs-current or new-or choose "No Thanks."
Since the program's inception last fall, participants have chosen to receive an average of six
retail catalogs after they move. And most of these are catalogs they were not previously
getting. Evidence, Postal Service officials say, that more and more people like to shop via the
Indeed, the Direct Marketing Association expects print catalog sales to hit $158 billion in 2009,
up from $152 billion in sales this year. The Association also says that nearly six out of 10
catalog shoppers keep a catalog they order from for at least three months.
"We're providing this service so that people can have their favorite catalogs on hand when
they're needed most, to organize their homes quickly and easily when it's convenient for
them," explained Charlie Bravo, senior vice president for Intelligent Mail and Address Quality.
The Postal Service, which gets no taxpayer dollars for routin