Where to Buy Postal Uniforms? - The (3) Places to Purchase
So you just received your new postal uniform allowance for the year, and confirmed your balance on your Uniform Allowance Purchase Card (UAPC). Or perhaps you're a city carrier assistant (CCA) and you've received your CCA voucher (nice!), but you're a bit confused on where you can purchase postal uniforms. You know there are some shops that sell online, and there are probably 1 or 2 local uniform stores near you (who may or may not be authorized to sell postal uniforms), and you've heard that every now and then someone will arrive to your station with some sort of catalog of postal uniforms. But are those really the only options? And if so, which one is the best?
1) Buying Postal Uniforms Online
There are a number of postal uniform vendors that sell online. PostalUniforms.net has a great resource that lists all licensed online vendors. Companies like Postal Uniforms Direct, SKAGGS, My Postal Uniforms, Brookfield, US Uniforms, & others offer uniforms. However, many sites that sell postal uniforms online are all owned by 1 or 2 bigger companies, making it very difficult to actually shop around, if you're looking for the best quality, or best value.
Many vendors will offer "discounts" or "allowance bonuses" if you meet certain requirements. It's important to do your research and find out exactly who you're purchasing from, and what exactly you're getting. A lot of online vendors will mark up the prices 25-30%, and then offer a 20% bonus if you spend your entire postal allowance.
Here are PostalVendor.com, we always pass along the savings directly to our customers, we always ship via USPS Priority (with FREE tracking confirmation), and we guarantee to provide 100% customer satisfaction.
2) Buying Postal Uniforms In-Store
This is a great option if you happen to have a licensed postal uniform vendor near you with a retail location. LiteBlue has a complete list of all licensed uniform vendors, with business name, address, and contact information. It's always best to give the store a call before your visit, to double check their business hours, and also to make sure the specific items you have are in-stock. If you're searching by state, our friends at PostalUniforms.net has a list of retail vendors as well.
The great thing about purchasing your postal uniforms in-store, is you can try on the products before purchasing, AND you get to take home the uniforms the same day (if they have what you want in-stock, of course). However, many retail locations just won't have a big enough warehouse or storage facility to have every type of uniform in every size available. Also, visiting a retail location might just be too inconvenient, either because of distance or scheduling, so purchasing online if oftentimes a better option.
3) Buying Postal Uniforms In Station
The last option to buy postal uniforms is to purchase them in station, when a representative from a licensed postal uniform vendor schedules an appointment with your post office station location. Section 937.2 of the ELM states that "postmasters may permit a licensed vendor of official postal uniform items access to postal installations and their subinstallations." However, this will only be authorized if the representative shows proper identification, the location has a large enough lunchroom or other "non-work" area, and the vendor adheres to strict local rules, such as location and hours, as required by the postmaster.
This is probably the least common, and most inconvenient way to purchase postal uniforms.
So what should you do?
We always recommend purchasing your postal uniforms from a reputable online vendor, if there isn't a retailer near you. We've been in business providing high quality postal uniforms for USPS employees for over 20 years, with our retail location based in Queens, NY, and PostalVendor.com is the online part of our business. We launched PostalVendor.com in the summer of 2019 to be able to provide high quality postal uniforms to USPS employees all over the country.
As always, be sure to check out our complete guide on buying postal uniforms.