default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
Logout|My Dashboard

Shipping Options That Save Money

Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Thursday, March 27, 2014 4:44 am | Updated: 1:33 am, Fri Mar 28, 2014.

(NAPSI)—A common task shared by consumers and small-business owners is shipping, and navigating the different shipping carriers and services can be confusing. But it doesn’t have to be, and understanding the options can save time and money.

Here’s a breakdown of the top carriers—USPS, FedEx and UPS—and their strengths, so that you can send that next package with confidence and ease.

The Cost-Effective Choice for Small Packages

USPS is the most affordable option for small packages-particularly those weighing 5 lbs. or less. It is also the preferred option if you are shipping to a residential address because it does not tack on any residential delivery surcharges.

If you’re shipping something heavier than 5 lbs., consider a USPS Flat or Regional Rate box. These boxes can be a cost-effective choice for small, heavy items.

And remember: If you are shipping to PO Boxes or APO/FPO/ DPO addresses (military and diplomatic addresses), USPS is the only option for delivery.

Other reasons why many choose USPS include:

- Delivery is available—with limited exceptions—365 days a year.

- Tracking capabilities give shippers the visibility they need, with up to 11 scan points.

- Businesses don’t have to go to the Post Office to ship their packages. Instead, the USPS will pick up packages directly from your home, office or warehouse upon request.

Shipping expert and Endicia co-founder Harry Whitehouse identifies the Postal Service’s strengths: “If you’re shipping lightweight packages to residential addresses and not looking at the Postal Service, you should really investigate them as a carrier option. USPS is the most cost-effective option for smaller packages, helping business owners achieve competitive pricing for their lighter-weight goods.”

Cost-Effective Choices for Large Packages

UPS and FedEx are the most affordable options for larger or heavier packages—particularly those weighing over 5 lbs. and incapable of fitting in a USPS Flat/Regional Rate box.

UPS and FedEx are also worth investigating if you are shipping to a business address. It’s worth noting that UPS and FedEx tack on surcharges for residential delivery.

There are other reasons for choosing UPS and FedEx. For example, they have a variety of guaranteed-date and time-specific delivery options. UPS and FedEx are also a better option if a package weighs more than 70 lbs., as the USPS does not accept packages over that weight limit.

Finding The Right Mix

“Each carrier offers individual strengths, but when it comes down to it, it’s all about finding the right shipping mix,” added Whitehouse. “Luckily, consumers and business owners don’t have to go it alone. With help from shipping technologies, such as Endicia (and with the tips offered here), you can easily identify the most cost-effective shipping solution in every situation.”

To learn more about saving on shipping, visit www.endicia.com.


On the Net:North American Precis Syndicate, Inc.(NAPSI)

Rules of Conduct

  • 1 Use your real name. You must register with your full first and last name before you can comment. (And don’t pretend you’re someone else.)
  • 2 Keep it clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually oriented language.
  • 3 Don’t threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
  • 4 Be truthful. Don't lie about anyone or anything. Don't post unsubstantiated allegations, rumors or gossip that could harm the reputation of a person, company or organization.
  • 5 Be nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • 6 Stay on topic. Make sure your comments are about the story. Don’t insult each other.
  • 7 Tell us if the discussion is getting out of hand. Use the ‘Report’ link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • 8 Share what you know, and ask about what you don't.
  • 9 Don’t be a troll.
  • 10 Don’t reveal personal information about other commenters. You may reveal your own personal information, but we advise you not to do so.
  • 11 We reserve the right, at our discretion, to monitor, delete or choose not to post any comment. This may include removing or monitoring posts that we believe violate the spirit or letter of these rules, or that we otherwise determine at our discretion needs to be monitored, not posted, or deleted.

Welcome to the discussion.



Your News

News for the community, by the community.

Mailing List

Subscribe to a mailing list to have daily news sent directly to your inbox.

  • Breaking News

    Would you like to receive breaking news alerts? Sign up now!

  • News Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily news headlines? Sign up now!

  • Sports Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily sports headlines? Sign up now!

Manage Your Lists