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UPS Holiday Surcharges Waived for Stamps.com Customers

November 6th, 2020 Comments off

The holiday season is, for many, the most important sales period of the year. Small and medium-sized businesses will be pressured to cut prices to remain competitive with larger companies.

Together, UPS and Stamps.com, have helped thousands of SMBs that have pivoted to an e-commerce model or increased their online presence. When you create a UPS account within Stamps.com, many common surcharges are waived saving you even more money!

Eliminated UPS Fees & Surcharges for Stamps.com Customers
Discounted UPS Fees & Surcharges
Fuel SurchargesDelivery Area Air & Residential Surcharges
Ground Residential SurchargeAddition Handling Fees
Delivery Area Rural Ground Commercial SurchargeLarge Package Fees
Delivery Area Rural Ground Residential SurchargeDaily On-Route Pickup Fees
Residential Pickup SurchargeSmart Pickup Fees
Residential Pickup Area SurchargeOn Call Pickup Fees
Return Label Surcharge (Print & Electronic)

How to Add UPS Shipping to Your Stamps.com Account

Adding UPS to your Stamps.com account couldn’t be easier. Go to “Settings” in your Stamps.com account, select “Add a Carrier” and select “UPS.”  Once you activate your account, you’ll be ready to ship and take advantage of all the benefits of UPS through Stamps.com.

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UPS International Service Comparison

November 4th, 2020 Comments off

Shipping internationally can be daunting, but UPS has the services to get your shipment to over 220 countries and territories at the speed and price you need. Even seasoned shippers can get confused about which service level they should use, so we’ve listed and defined international UPS services available through Stamps.com below.

UPS Worldwide Saver®

International express shipments with guaranteed end of day delivery

  • Next business day delivery by the end of day to Canada
  • Second business day delivery by end of day to Mexico and major metropolitan areas worldwide
  • Day-definite delivery by the end of the business day to other locations worldwide, depending on destination
  • Door-to-door service with in-house customs clearance
  • Up to three delivery attempts

UPS Worldwide Expedited®

Expedited shipping is for fast, guaranteed deliveries for less-urgent international small package shipments

  • Send packages to over 220 countries and territories, and receive packages from over 80 countries and territories with expedited shipping
  • Door-to-door service with in-house customs clearance included
  • Up to three delivery attempts made

UPS Worldwide Express®

Express international shipping to destinations throughout the world

  • Send packages to 140 countries and territories and receive packages from all valid UPS origins
  • In-house customs clearance provided
  • Up to three delivery attempts made

UPS® Standard to Canada

Guaranteed economical standard ground delivery for less-urgent shipments

  • Ideal for your less-urgent shipments to and from the U.S. (except Alaska and Hawaii)
  • Door-to-door service provided
  • Up the three delivery attempts made

UPS® Standard to Mexico

Fast, reliable service for less urgent shipments

  • An ideal choice when speed needs to be balanced with economy
  • Day-specific delivery estimates let you plan delivery dates
  • Convenient door-to-door service
Guaranteed International Package Service Options
1-3 Days
UPS Worldwide Express®Guaranteed delivery in 1-3 days by 10:30 a.m., noon, or 2 p.m., depending on origin/destination
UPS Worldwide Saver®Guaranteed delivery in 1-3 days by end of day, depending on origin/destination
2-5 Days
UPS Worldwide Expedited®Guaranteed delivery in 2-5 days, depending on origin/destination
By Date Scheduled
UPS® Standard to CanadaFast, reliable ground service for less urgent shipments to Canada
UPS® Standard to MexicoFast, reliable ground service for less urgent shipments to Mexico

How to Add UPS Shipping to Your Stamps.com Account
UPS has the powerful logistics network to meet your international shipping needs. And adding UPS to your Stamps.com account couldn’t be easier. Go to “Settings” in your Stamps.com account, select “Add a Carrier” and select “UPS.”  Once you activate your account, you’ll be ready to ship and take advantage of all the benefits of UPS through Stamps.com.

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UPS Domestic Services

October 29th, 2020 Comments off

Choices matter.

UPS has a full catalog of different products available through Stamps.com. The wide variety of choices from UPS allow you to select the shipping options that make the most sense for you, your customers, and your budget!

Online retailers can focus on growing their business while UPS handles their shipping and logistics needs. No worries and no guess work—just simple shipping delivered. Demand for faster delivery is a growing trend with the largest e-commerce shippers moving from two-day to one-day delivery. UPS’s network enhancements and weekend services provide Stamps.com merchants industry-leading choice, convenience and speed to market.

UPS Next Day Air Early®

  • Delivery commitment: Next business day
  • Delivery as early as 8 a.m.
  • Ideal when your shipment must be there for the start of the business day

UPS Next Day Air®

  • Delivery commitment: Next business day
  • Delivery typically by 10:30 am
  • Ideal for shipments that must arrive early in the business day

UPS Next Day Air Saver®

  • Delivery commitment: Next business day
  • Delivery by end of day

UPS 2nd Day Air A.M.®

  • Delivery commitment: 2 business days
  • Delivery as early as 8 am

UPS 2nd Day Air®

  • Delivery commitment: 2 business days
  • Delivery typically by end of day
  • Ideal for shipments that do not need overnight service

UPS 3 Day Select®

  • Delivery commitment: 3 business days
  • Delivery by end of day
  • An ideal mix of economy and guaranteed delivery

UPS Ground

  • Delivery commitment: 1-5 business days
  • Delivery based on distance to destination
UPS Domestic Package Service Options
1 Day
UPS Next Day Air Early®Overnight by 8 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and up to 2 p.m.
UPS Next Day Air®Overnight by 10 a.m., noon, or end of day
UPS Next Day Air Saver®Overnight by 3 p.m. or 4:30 p.m.
2 Days
UPS 2nd Day Air A.M.®Two-day delivery by 10:30 a.m. or noon
UPS 2nd Day Air®Two-day delivery by end of day
3 Days
UPS 3 Day Select®Three-day delivery by end of day
By Date Scheduled
UPS GroundDay-definite delivery in one to five days

UPS Network + Proven Performance
UPS has the network to support all of your shipping needs.

Add UPS to Your Stamps.com account today.
Want to try one of the UPS products above for UPS domestic shipping? It could not be easier to start shipping with UPS through your Stamps.com account. Go to Settings in your Stamps.com account, select Add a Carrier, and select UPS. Once you activate your account, you’ll be ready to ship and take advantage of all the benefits of UPS through Stamps.com.

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GlobalPost Holiday Shipping Deadlines 2020

October 26th, 2020 Comments off

GlobalPost, the industry leader in affordable, innovative international shipping services, has announced the 2020 Holiday shipping deadlines to assure package delivery by December 24th.

Be sure to mail by these deadlines so your packages arrive on time.

GlobalPost Economy InternationalGlobalPost Standard InternationalGlobalPost Plus
AfricaNov 27Nov 27Dec 4
Asia/Pacific RimDec 1Dec 1Dec 11
Australia/New ZealandDec 1Dec 1Dec 11
CanadaDec 1Dec 1Dec 11
CaribbeanDec 1Dec 1Dec 11
Central & South AmericaNov 27Nov 27Dec 4
MexicoDec 1Dec 1Dec 11
EuropeDec 1Dec 1Dec 11
Middle EastDec 1Dec 1Dec 11

GlobalPost Shipping Service Descriptions:

GlobalPost Economy International is a cost-efficient international shipping service that offers tracking into the destination country for packages up to 4.4 lbs. or Flats/Large Envelopes up to 1 lb. The service includes up to $100 in coverage against loss or damage, plus shipping costs. Duties and taxes are paid by recipient (DDU).

GlobalPost Standard International is an international shipping service that offers door-to-door tracking for packages up to 70 lbs. to over 200 countries. The service includes up to $100 in coverage against loss or damage, plus shipping costs. Duties and taxes are paid by recipient (DDU).

GlobalPost Plus is a premier international shipping service that offers Delivered Duty Paid (DDP), which allows the shipper to prepay duties and taxes on behalf of its customers to minimize delays and surprise fees at delivery. The service includes door-to-door tracking and has parcel coverage up to $200. There is a volume requirement of 30 international shipments per day.

What is GlobalPost?

The GlobalPost delivery network leverages partnerships with international postal operators as well as commercial carriers to offer worldwide delivery. GlobalPost services reach over 200 countries and territories and include features not found in traditional international postal services. Get more info on International Shipping.

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COVID-19’s Impact on USPS International Shipping Deadlines

October 22nd, 2020 Comments off

A typical year would have us just simply post the USPS holiday shipping deadlines and say “enjoy a great holiday shipping season”, but this year is like none other.

In my 20+ years of work with USPS international services I’ve never witnessed a more interesting year than 2020. I spoke with Kelley Martinez, Vice-President at RR Donnelly (a large international consolidator) and she agreed “It has been a very unique year with every day presenting new challenges. Volume surges during historically slower periods coupled with destination suspensions and resumptions with little notice has been both challenging and rewarding.” 

So, let’s have an honest conversation about 2020 “Peak” and what you really need to know about the international shipping deadlines for the 2020 holiday season.

Holiday Shipping Deadlines at First Glance

After reviewing the holiday shipping deadline (see table below) for major international markets, the USPS deadlines have not changed much from previous years. This is very interesting since postal and shipping carriers across the globe have seen delivery delays due to COVID-19 closures and increased residential delivery due to growth in e-commerce. 

First Class Package International Service201820192020
Africa1-Dec30-Nov30-Nov
Asia/Pacific Rim8-Dec7-Dec7-Dec
Australia/New Zealand8-Dec7-Dec7-Dec
Canada8-Dec7-Dec7-Dec
Caribbean8-Dec7-Dec7-Dec
Central & South America1-Dec30-Nov30-Nov
Mexico8-Dec7-Dec7-Dec
Europe 8-Dec7-Dec7-Dec
Middle East8-Dec7-Dec7-Dec
Priority Mail International201820192020
Africa1-Dec30-Nov30-Nov
Asia/Pacific Rim8-Dec7-Dec7-Dec
Australia/New Zealand8-Dec7-Dec7-Dec
Canada8-Dec7-Dec7-Dec
Caribbean8-Dec7-Dec7-Dec
Central & South America1-Dec30-Nov30-Nov
Mexico8-Dec7-Dec7-Dec
Europe 8-Dec9-Dec7-Dec
Middle East8-Dec9-Dec7-Dec
Priority Mail Express International201820192020
Africa8-Dec7-Dec7-Dec
Asia/Pacific Rim15-Dec14-Dec14-Dec
Australia/New Zealand15-Dec14-Dec14-Dec
Canada15-Dec16-Dec14-Dec
Caribbean15-Dec14-Dec14-Dec
Central & South America8-Dec7-Dec7-Dec
Mexico15-Dec14-Dec14-Dec
Europe 15-Dec14-Dec14-Dec
Middle East15-Dec14-Dec14-Dec

There are two challenges that we feel will have a significant impact on international parcel delivery during the holiday peak period.  After analyzing global parcel delivery over the last 120 days, we feel you should allow for 1-2 weeks of delay for peak this year. So, if take the most popular product by volume and destination (First Class Package International Service to Canada) and the USPS deadline provides a “mail by December 7” date, then I would try to have it out by November 30 to be safe.

Challenge #1 – COVID-19’s Impact on International Airplane Transportation

Many might not know, but those very planes you take to visit your Aunt in France are the same planes that deliver packages to other countries. Reduced routes because of COVID-19 means fewer flights and fewer flights means more packages being held waiting at transportation hubs. The situation became such an issue that USPS has resorted to ocean freight for parcels. If transportation is still limited during the holiday season, then we should expect continued delays from international transportation alone.

Challenge #2 – COVID-19’s Impact on Domestic Parcel Delivery

USPS has five international service centers located around the country in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, New York, and Miami. Depending on where you ship your package, your shipments will travel through one of these locations. To get your package to these locations, your shipments will travel on the very same network used for domestic shipments. Right now, USPS is experiencing an increase in domestic parcel delivery (up 46% in July 2020, compared to July 2019 according to data from ShipMatrix) and the holiday peak period is starting to look like a monster. If the domestic network gets clogged it will surely impact the speed of your international shipments to one of those processing centers.

Giving a Refresh on the USPS International Shipping Deadlines

I would start your Q4 seasonal sales promotions by at least two weeks earlier than previous years. By doing so it will allow a little more time to get your packages to your recipient and it will fall outside the typical holiday windows that will impact domestic and international transportation.

Should I Seek an Alternative Carrier?

Not necessarily. USPS still offers a very competitively priced product and with proper planning, you should be fine. Also, other alternatives are not immune to some of the same delivery issues and this year looks to be a challenge for all in the international shipping space. At GlobalPost, we try to address these impacts by using a mix of postal based services using USPS and other postal operators to provide the best possible postal optimized delivery experience. 

What is GlobalPost?

The GlobalPost delivery network leverages partnerships with international postal operators as well as commercial carriers to offer worldwide delivery. GlobalPost services reach over 200 countries and territories and include features not found in traditional international postal services. Get more info on International Shipping.

About the author

Shea Felix, General Manager – GlobalPost

With years of implementing global business solutions under his belt, Shea Felix brings distinct insights into the world of shipping. As the global shipping guru for Stamps.com, Shea inspires and empowers small businesses to take their services global. He is experienced in strategic planning and tactical execution, and has an exceptional understanding of product development, cross-border trade and logistics, e-commerce technology, website and mobile design, and global online marketplaces.

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