Free Guide: Understanding the 2015 USPS Postage Rate Increase

May 27th, 2015 Comments off

The USPS is implementing the 2015 Postage Rate Increase on Sunday, May 31st.  Check out Stamps.com’s 2015 USPS Postage Rate Increase Guide to understand what the changes are and how your mailing and shipping processes may be impacted.

The FREE downloadable PDF Guide includes details on the USPS rate changes for each mail class – both domestic and international – and special USPS services.  Additionally, the 2015 USPS Postage Rate Increase Guide provides tips and recommendations on when each mail class should be used along with a comprehensive Q&A to help with commonly asked questions around the 2015 USPS Postage Rate Increase.

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The guide is free and can be downloaded at: http://www.stamps.com/whitepapers/2015-usps-postage-rate-increase-guide.pdf.

FREE Guide! How to Calculate Dimensional (DIM) Weight

December 26th, 2014 Comments off

Starting in 2015, UPS Ground and FedEx Ground/Home Delivery will modify their shipping rates. The current rates are based on the weight of the package, but the new shipping rate method will be based on the size of the package. This pricing program is known as Dimensional Weight Pricing, also referred to as “DIM Weight.”

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Stamps.com has released a NEW Dimensional (DIM) Weight GuideThe FREE downloadable PDF includes everything you need to know about DIM Weight including:

  • New rates being implemented by UPS and FedEx in 2015
  • Description of DIM Weight
  • How to Calculate DIM Weight Pricing
  • DIM Weights for the 25 Top Selling Box Dimensions
  • Benefits of using the USPS, Pricing Examples, Tips to Reduce Costs
  • and much more!

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Free! USPS Military Mail Guide

November 12th, 2014 Comments off

Sending packages via Military Mail can be tricky, especially when it comes to addressing the shipping label, determining whether or not to include customs forms and also understanding what you can and cannot send to military personnel. Learn how to ship packages to Military Mail APO/FPO/DPO addresses with the USPS.
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Stamps.com has released a NEW USPS Military Mail GuideThe FREE downloadable PDF includes information on:

  • How to address a shipping label for an APO/FPO/DPO package.
  • How Military Mail is processed and if you need to include Customs Forms for your packages.
  • What to do in case your Military Mail package goes missing.
  • Estimated Delivery Times by Destination and Mail Class.
  • Restricted products and specific shipping tips for APO/FPO/DPO packages.
  • and much more!

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Free! Ultimate Guide to Sept 2014 Priority Mail Rate Changes

September 7th, 2014 Comments off

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Need more info about the Priority Mail rate changes that are starting on Sunday, September 7, 2014?

Stamps.com has released a Complete Guide to the September 2014 USPS Priority Mail Rate Changes. The FREE downloadable PDF includes:

  • New rates by weight and zone for postage purchased at the Post Office (Retail Rates)
  • New rates by weight and zone for Commercial Base (Online Postage) pricing
  • New rates by weight and zone for Commercial Plus pricing
  • Includes Priority Mail, Priority Mail Flat Rate and Regional Rates

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Study Shows USPS Beats UPS, FedEx on Delivery Times and Cost

March 19th, 2014 Comments off

As two-day delivery becomes more common with the growth of Amazon Prime, online retailers are being forced to speed up their package delivery and provide free or low-cost shipping to satisfy buyers. And with new prices and products being introduced from the top U.S. shipping carriers each year, optimizing your shipping program is more important than ever in order to keep costs low.

Stamps.com decided to run a head-to-head competition with FedEx, UPS and USPS.  We looked at criteria that e-commerce business owners use to evaluate their shipping programs: reliability, delivery time and cost. Using FedEx Home Delivery, UPS Ground and USPS Priority Mail, we shipped 144 total packages to each shipping zone from three separate locations. Here’s what we found:

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FINDING #1 – PACKAGE TRACKING

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• The study measured package scans, the information transmitted back to customers to keep them informed of the whereabouts of their packages.  The total number of package scans were almost identical among all carriers with the USPS at 9.42 scans, FedEx at 10.38 scans and UPS at 9.79 scans.

FINDING #2 – DELIVERY SPEED

• For packages shipped on a Monday, USPS Priority Mail (1.79 days on average) delivered packages almost one full day faster than UPS Ground (2.75 days on average), and about a half day faster than FedEx Home Delivery (2.21 days on average).

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FINDING #3 – SHIPPING COSTS

• The average cost to ship a 2 lb. package across all zones is $7.34 for USPS Priority Mail, $10.45 for UPS Ground and $10.40 for FedEx Home Delivery.

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• For packages weighing 3 lbs. to 7 lbs. and traveling to Zones 1 to 4, the USPS offered cost savings between $1.37 and $4.29, compared to UPS Ground and FedEx Home Delivery.

• For packages weighing 5 lbs. to 10 lbs. and traveling longer distances (Zones 5 and higher), UPS Ground and FedEx Home Delivery offered cost savings between $0.75 and $17.36 compared to USPS Priority Mail.

METHODOLOGY

The study was based on 144 packages shipped using the USPS, FedEx and UPS. Packages were sent on two different days (Monday and Thursday) to all eight shipping zones from three separate locations (Los Angeles, Chicago and Virginia). For each package, the number of scans, delivery time in transit and total delivery days were tracked. For shipping costs, “earned discounts” of 15% were added and a $2.80 residential surcharge and fuel surcharge for FedEx and UPS were incorporated.  For the USPS shipping costs, Commercial Base (online postage discounts) rates were used.

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