7 Reasons to Consider USPS Flat Rate Shipping

7 Reasons to Consider USPS Flat Rate Shipping

May 29, 2018 9:14 am

America Postal Service presents flat fee packing containers and envelopes which will assist on-line shops scale back delivery prices whereas enhancing a client’s shopping for expertise.

Delivery is usually a vital problem for ecommerce retailers. A enterprise should pay delivery fees and service charges, purchase packing supplies, and pay labor to select and pack every order. Furthermore, for a lot of the business, free and quick ecommerce supply is the norm. Buyers anticipate to put an order, get free delivery, and have that order in about two days. You may name this expectation the Amazon Prime impact.

Luckily, the USPS has been a pioneer in flat price delivery providers. The postal service’s first flat fee providing started in February 1991 when the Precedence Mail flat-fee envelope was launched.

Greater than a decade afterward November 20, 2004, the USPS launched the primary Precedence Mail flat price field. In the present day, USPS flat price providers handle many ecommerce supply issues and prices.

Benefits of Flat Price Delivery

Among the many numerous carriers obtainable to North American on-line retailers, the USPS presents a number of the most engaging choices, particularly with its aforementioned flat fee and pay as you go flat fee packing containers and envelopes.

Listed here are seven causes to think about these providers.

  • Free packing containers. USPS flat price bins are free. Retailers can merely get them organized for free of charge and begin delivery. Retailers will nonetheless have to buy packing peanuts or comparable cushioning materials, however not having to pay as a lot as $1 per field may be large financial savings.
  • Recognized prices. Though delivery calculators are correct, there are occasions when the precise delivery value for a package deal exceeds what the service provider anticipated. Flat price packing containers have a recognized value — no surprises.
  • Precedence supply. The USPS flat price bins are Precedence Mail, which means that a package deal will usually be delivered in two or three days. Precedence Mail packages additionally get particular dealing with within the USPS system.
  • No surcharges. The USPS doesn't add gasoline, residential, or Saturday supply surcharges to any cargo.
  • Extra addresses. The USPS delivers to each U.S. handle, together with publish workplace packing containers and authorities addresses like APO (Military/Air Pressure Publish Workplace), FPO (Fleet Submit Workplace, for Navy), and DPO (Diplomatic Publish Workplace, for U.S. embassies). Different U.S. carriers can solely attain these addresses when the postal service delivers that final mile.
  • Safety. Solely the USPS is permitted to put packages in mailboxes. Plus, in contrast to some carriers that merely depart packages on the porch, the USPS will attempt to re-ship giant packages in some instances. Not abandoning packages might assist forestall buy fraud or theft.
  • Regulation enforcement safety. Flat fee USPS shipments are protected by U.S. federal regulation enforcement, which, once more, might contribute to much less fraud and theft.

USPS Flat Fee Delivery Costs

The USPS presents a number of flat fee delivery choices, together with quite a lot of envelopes and bins. Every flat fee envelope or field consists of three pricing tiers. The “on the submit workplace” price is what a really low quantity shipper would pay. Almost any ecommerce enterprise would have the ability to acquire the “business base” fee, and excessive quantity ecommerce shippers would benefit from the “business plus” charges.

I collected the charges proven under on Might 20, 2018 from the USPS’s price sheets out there underneath the downloads tab on the USPS pricing web page.

Flat Fee ServiceDimensionsOn the Submit WorkplaceBusiness BaseBusiness Plus
Flat Price Envelope12 1/2" x 9 1/2"$6.70$6.fifty five$6.35
Padded Flat Price Envelope12 1/2" x 9 1/2"$7.25$7.10$6.ninety
Authorized Flat Price Envelope9 1/2" x 15"$7.00$6.eighty five$6.sixty five
Small Flat Price Fieldeight eleven/sixteen" x 5 7/sixteen" x 1 three/four"$7.20$7.05$6.eighty five
Prime-loading Medium Flat Price Fieldeleven 1/four" x eight three/four" x 6"$thirteen.sixty five$12.eighty five$12.forty five
Aspect-loading Medium Flat Fee Field14" x 12" x three half"$thirteen.sixty five$12.eighty five$12.forty five
Giant Flat Price Field12 1/four" x 12 1/four" x 6"$18.ninety$17.sixty five$17.10
APO/FPO Giant Field12 1/four" x 12 1/four" x 6"$17.forty$sixteen.15$15.60

USPS Charges In comparison with Different Carriers

With the USPS flat fee bins, “if it matches, it ships” (as much as 70 kilos), making the service particularly good for dense, heavy merchandise which are additionally comparatively small in measurement.

Under are a number of worth comparisons, taking a look at USPS flat fee delivery versus revealed United Parcel Service and FedEx retail charges.

Small flat price bins vs. floor delivery. On this first comparability, I checked out delivery charges for 1, three, and 5-pound packages that match within the eight eleven/sixteen inch by 5 7/sixteen inch by 1 three/four inch small flat fee field versus an analogous-sized package deal shipped by way of UPS Floor or FedEx House Supply.

Within the examples, the packages are all shipped from Caldwell, Idaho, ZIP code 83607. The locations, representing a number of delivery zones, are New York, Chicago, Dallas, San Diego, and Las Vegas.

The united statesand FedEx charges are based mostly on supply to a residential handle. The USPS charges are for the business base tier. The FedEx charges don't embrace dimensional weight.

Lastly, it's value mentioning that whereas it isn't proven on this desk, the USPS provides flat fee packing containers freed from cost. I service provider would wish to pay about $1 per order or extra to buy a delivery field for UPS or FedEx.

For small packages, USPS flat price packing containers are troublesome to beat, particularly when a enterprise is delivery throughout a number of zones. In lots of instances, it was half the price to ship by way of a USPS flat price field. The potential financial savings held true whether or not one compares USPS flat fee bins to UPS Floor or FedEx House Supply.

1 Lb. Small Field | Vacation spot (ZIP code)USPS PriceUSPS Days to ShipUPS Floor FeeUPS Floor Days to Ship
New York, NY (10007)$7.052 to three Days$eleven.045 Days
Chicago, IL (60602)$7.052 to three Days$eleven.01four Days
Dallas, TX (75201)$7.052 to three Days$10.ninety sixthree Days
San Diego, CA (92111)$7.052 to three Days$10.seventy two2 Days
Las Vegas, NV (89101)$7.052 to three Days$10.forty two2 Days
three Lbs. Small Field | Vacation spot (ZIP code)USPS PriceUSPS Days to ShipUPS FeeUPS Days to Ship
New York, NY (10007)$7.052 to three Days$sixteen.015 Days
Chicago, IL (60602)$7.052 to three Days$thirteen.forty ninefour Days
Dallas, TX (75201)$7.052 to three Days$12.fortythree Days
San Diego, CA (92111)$7.052 to three Days$eleven.seventy five2 Days
Las Vegas, NV (89101)$7.052 to three Days$eleven.142 Days
5 Lbs. Small Field | Vacation spot (ZIP code)USPS PriceUSPS Days to ShipUPS FeeUPS Days to Ship
New York, NY (10007)$7.052 to three Days$18.275 Days
Chicago, IL (60602)$7.052 to three Days$sixteen.sixty sixfour Days
Dallas, TX (75201)$7.052 to three Days$15.07three Days
San Diego, CA (92111)$7.052 to three Days$thirteen.seventy five2 Days
Las Vegas, NV (89101)$7.052 to three Days$eleven.sixty six2 Days

1 Lb. Small Field | Vacation spot (ZIP code)USPS PriceUSPS Days to ShipFedEx FeeFedEx Days to Ship
New York, NY (10007)$7.052 to three Days$10.forty eight5 Days
Chicago, IL (60602)$7.052 to three Days$10.forty fivefour Days
Dallas, TX (75201)$7.052 to three Days$10.forty onethree Days
San Diego, CA (92111)$7.052 to three Days$10.182 Days
Las Vegas, NV (89101)$7.052 to three Days$9.892 Days
three Lbs. Small Field | Vacation spot (ZIP code)USPS PriceUSPS Days to ShipFedEx PriceFedEx Days to Ship
New York, NY (10007)$7.052 to three Days$15.205 Days
Chicago, IL (60602)$7.052 to three Days$12.eighty onefour Days
Dallas, TX (75201)$7.052 to three Days$eleven.seventy eightthree Days
San Diego, CA (92111)$7.052 to three Days$eleven.sixteen2 Days
Las Vegas, NV (89101)$7.052 to three Days$10.fifty eight2 Days
5 Lbs. Small Field | Vacation spot (ZIP code)USPS PriceUSPS Days to ShipFedEx PriceFedEx Days to Ship
New York, NY (10007)$7.052 to three Days$17.355 Days
Chicago, IL (60602)$7.052 to three Days$15.eighty twofour Days
Dallas, TX (75201)$7.052 to three Days$14.31three Days
San Diego, CA (92111)$7.052 to three Days$thirteen.062 Days
Las Vegas, NV (89101)$7.052 to three Days$eleven.072 Days

Giant flat price bins vs. floor delivery. On this subsequent set of worth comparisons, I checked out delivery a 5, 10, and 15-pound package deal in a USPS giant flat price field versus delivery an identical package deal by way of UPS Floor or FedEx House Supply.

In these examples, there are various occasions when delivery a 5-pound field by way of UPS and FedEx Residence was inexpensive than the USPS, particularly throughout a few zones. Because the variety of zones and the load will increase, nevertheless, USPS flat price delivery turns into a really aggressive choice. At 15 kilos, a web-based shipper may save 50 %.

I used the identical ZIP codes as above, aimed toward residential deliveries.

5 Lbs. Giant Field | Vacation spot (ZIP code)USPS PriceUSPS Days to ShipUPS Floor FeeUPS Floor Days to Ship
New York, NY (10007)$17.sixty five2 to three Days$19.ninety two5 Days
Chicago, IL (60602)$17.sixty five2 to three Days$18.15four Days
Dallas, TX (75201)$17.sixty five2 to three Days$sixteen.70three Days
San Diego, CA (92111)$17.sixty five2 to three Days$14.702 Days
Las Vegas, NV (89101)$17.sixty five2 to three Days$12.092 Days
10 Lbs. Giant Field | Vacation spot (ZIP code)USPS PriceUSPS Days to ShipUPS Floor FeeUPS Floor Days to Ship
New York, NY (10007)$17.sixty five2 to three Days$25.eighty three5 Days
Chicago, IL (60602)$17.sixty five2 to three Days$22.30four Days
Dallas, TX (75201)$17.sixty five2 to three Days$20.70three Days
San Diego, CA (92111)$17.sixty five2 to three Days$18.forty four2 Days
Las Vegas, NV (89101)$17.sixty five2 to three Days$thirteen.seventy five2 Days
15 Lbs. Giant Field | Vacation spot (ZIP code)USPS PriceUSPS Days to ShipUPS Floor FeeUPS Floor Days to Ship
New York, NY (10007)$17.sixty five2 to three Days$37.705 Days
Chicago, IL (60602)$17.sixty five2 to three Days$33.08four Days
Dallas, TX (75201)$17.sixty five2 to three Days$27.eighty onethree Days
San Diego, CA (92111)$17.sixty five2 to three Days$21.fifty eight2 Days
Las Vegas, NV (89101)$17.sixty five2 to three Days$15.092 Days

5 Lbs. Giant Field | Vacation spot (ZIP code)USPS FeeUSPS Days to ShipFedEx FeeFedEx Days to Ship
New York, NY (10007)$17.sixty five2 to three Days$17.355 Days
Chicago, IL (60602)$17.sixty five2 to three Days$15.eighty twofour Days
Dallas, TX (75201)$17.sixty five2 to three Days$14.31three Days
San Diego, CA (92111)$17.sixty five2 to three Days$thirteen.062 Days
Las Vegas, NV (89101)$17.sixty five2 to three Days$eleven.072 Days
10 Lbs. Giant Field | Vacation spot (ZIP code)USPS PriceUSPS Days to ShipFedEx PriceFedEx Days to Ship
New York, NY (10007)$17.sixty five2 to three Days$24.fifty three5 Days
Chicago, IL (60602)$17.sixty five2 to three Days$21.18four Days
Dallas, TX (75201)$17.sixty five2 to three Days$19.sixty sixthree Days
San Diego, CA (92111)$17.sixty five2 to three Days$17.fifty one2 Days
Las Vegas, NV (89101)$17.sixty five2 to three Days$thirteen.062 Days
15 Lbs. Giant Field | Vacation spot (ZIP code)USPS FeeUSPS Days to ShipFedEx PriceFedEx Days to Ship
New York, NY (10007)$17.sixty five2 to three Days$35.eighty three5 Days
Chicago, IL (60602)$17.sixty five2 to three Days$31.forty twofour Days
Dallas, TX (75201)$17.sixty five2 to three Days$26.forty onethree Days
San Diego, CA (92111)$17.sixty five2 to three Days$20.502 Days
Las Vegas, NV (89101)$17.sixty five2 to three Days$14.332 Days

USPS flat fee vs. different flat fee delivery. Though the USPS is the primary service to supply flat price delivery, it isn't the one choice. For instance, FedEx has its One Fee service.

The desk under compares three fashionable field sizes for FedEx and the USPS. The FedEx One Fee is actually three charges. There's a native fee, which is inside one hundred fifty miles of the shipper’s location. There's a regional price for shipments between 151 and 600 miles. And the nationwide fee is for shipments touring greater than 600 miles.

USPS Flat Fee Packing containers  FedEx One Fee Packing containersDimensions of FieldCharges (Native, Regional, Nationwide)
Small Fieldeight eleven/sixteen" x 5 7/sixteen" x 1 three/four"$7.05Small Fieldeight three/four" x 2 5/eight" x eleven 1/four"$eight.sixty five, $9.ninety, $10.ninety five
Medium Fieldeleven 1/four" x eight three/four" x 6" or 14" x 12" x three 1/2"$12.eighty fiveMedium Fieldeight three/four" x four three/eight" x eleven 1/four"$eleven.20, $thirteen.50, $thirteen.seventy five
Giant Field12 1/four" x 12 1/four" x 6"$17.sixty fiveGiant Fieldeight three/four" x 7 three/eight" x eleven 1/four"$17.30, $18.eighty, $19.05

Protect Margins

In a aggressive market the place the development is to supply free delivery to each buyer no matter order measurement, utilizing USPS flat price bins will help retailers protect margins. USPS flat fee packing containers sometimes ship quicker than floor delivery, probably enhancing the consumer’s expertise.


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