Here is yet another reason why small businesses should be using cloud based software for getting work done –

On January 2, 2011, USPS increased the rates on most mail categories. On average, rates were increased by 3.9% for retail prices. The table below shows a summary, but if you want to see more details, you can find it here.

USPS rates 2011

But more than the small increase in the postage rates, this change seems to have caused a lot of headache for many small businesses. For the past two days, Twitter has been active with messages about broken shipping label printing. A widely retweeted question is “Don’t forget new postage┬árates! Did your machine update properly”

USPS rate changes Twitter

For the merchants who are using Ordoro to manage their orders and shipments, this issue has been irrelevant. When the rates changed overnight, there was nothing to update, nothing to upgrade. The new rates automatically showed up in all their new usps labels. Because keeping up with interface and database changes is our problem, not theirs.

This is yet another reason why the merchants shouldn’t be wasting their time installing and updating software. You are in the retail business, and your focus should be on selling and shipping stuff. Not on database changes, and software upgrades. And this is why we truly believe that 2011 is going to be the year of the cloud for small businesses.

How did the usps rate changes affect your business? Let us know by commenting below.