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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Free Guide: Easily Compare Priority Mail Rates

February 24th, 2014 Comments off

Stamps.com has released the 2014 edition of its popular Priority Mail Rate Comparison Guide. The PDF guide is FREE – download it now!

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When pricing out a package, shippers can select from three types of Priority Mail along with the Flat Rate Padded Envelope. With so many options, finding the lowest rate for your package can be a challenge.

To simplify everything for shippers, Stamps.com created the FREE Priority Mail Rate Comparison Guide. The Guide provides rates for each type of Priority Mail by weight and shipping zone. Once you find your package weight and the specific shipping zone your package is being delivered to, you’ll be able to see all the Priority Mail rate options listed in order from lowest price to highest price.

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Example of 1 lb. package, shipped to Zones 1 and 2. Note the cheapest option is regular Priority Mail at $5.05

The guide provides you with an easy way to find the lowest Priority Mail cost for your package. Rates are included for regular Priority Mail, Priority Mail Flat Rate (boxes and padded envelope) and Priority Mail Regional Rate boxes.

Download the FREE 2014 Priority Mail Rate Comparison Guide (PDF file) now!

NOTE: Click here to find your USPS postal zone. Just input your zip code and you’ll get postal zones across the country for your location.

Free Guide: Understanding the 2014 USPS Postage Rate Increase

January 23rd, 2014 Comments off

The USPS is introducing new rates and services this Sunday, January 26, 2014.  To ensure a smooth transition for you and your business, Stamps.com has created the 2014 USPS Postage Rate Increase Guide.

A free, downloadable PDF designed to help you understand all the USPS changes, the Guide contains detailed rate information for each USPS mail class – both domestic and international – and includes tips and recommendations to help small businesses lower their postage costs.  The guide also contains a comprehensive Q&A section to help with commonly asked questions around the 2014 USPS Postage Rate Increase.

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The guide is free and can be downloaded at: http://www.stamps.com/whitepapers/2014-usps-postage-rate-increase-guide.pdf

 

Video: 10 Holiday Shipping Tips for Ecommerce Sellers

December 12th, 2013 Comments off

Need some last minute tips to help get your holiday e-commerce orders shipped? Watch this video to learn the secrets to simple order fulfillment.

Happy Holidays!

Free! Holiday Shipping Guide for E-commerce Sellers

November 11th, 2013 Comments off

Stamps.com has released the Holiday Shipping Guide for E-commerce Sellers! The FREE, downloadable PDF guide provides online sellers with best practices to optimize their shipping and increase sales during the 2013 holiday season.

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Even for the most seasoned online sellers, the holiday rush during November and December can present obstacles to efficient shipping. That’s why Stamps.com has created a comprehensive PDF guide with the information e-commerce sellers need to maximize their order fulfillment process, lower their shipping costs, and increase sales.

The Holiday Shipping Survival Guide for E-commerce Retailers features:
• Five Tips for Holiday Shipping
• Secrets to Save Money with Priority Mail
• Getting Started with International Shipping
• Three Ways to Improve Return Shipping
• USPS Holiday Shipping Deadlines
• Plus Much More…

Download the free shipping guide today! It’ll help you wrap up a successful holiday season.

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