I have been working in the mailing and parcel industry since 1976—34 years! I am still surprised at what I see and hear. If you don’t know what you are doing, you can waste a ton of money. The worst part is that the carriers don’t make it easy for you, the small parcel shipper, to do it right. In fact, it almost seems like they confuse you on purpose. Let me give you an example, let’s say that you want to ship a package on Monday and get it to your customer by Wednesday. Which service would you use? Many would choose a service like UPS 2nd Day Air or FedEx 2 Day service. Others might use US Post Office Priority Mail. What if you want to be sure that it gets there and choose the most economical service?
What is the best way to ship this package: UPS, FedEx, or US Post Office?
I went online to FedEx.com, USPS.com, and UPS.com and researched shipping a 5 pound package being shipped from Plymouth MI to a residence in Lawrence KS.
Here are the results of my analysis:
- The most expensive choice was UPS 2nd Day Air for $27.91—guaranteed.
- FedEx 2Day would get my package there for $27.58—guaranteed. (almost the same)
- USPS Priority Mail was only $11.76. This would save me 57% but it is not guaranteed.
- But wait, if you look at the display below, you would see that FedEx Home Delivery would get it there in “2 Business Days.”
- Why do they have to make me figure out that 2 Business Days is Wednesday! Why do they make it so hard!
- I could pay $11.85 and it would be guaranteed. Looks like the best deal, but why pay retail if I could get a discount?
- I checked my discounted rates and saw that it was only $9.21, 22% less than retail. (email me and I will tell you how to get this discount)
Look at how much difference there is between rates. If I didn’t know what I was doing, I could have paid as much as $27.91!
I saved $18.70 on one package, or 67%.