Businesswoman Challenges Me to Save on Shipping

My first challenge!

  • A businesswoman has a preferred UPS account with a 10% discount.
  • She ships about 15 packages a week ground.
  • Packages are shipped to businesses across the country.
  • The majority of her shipments are samples weighing 8 ounces.
  • She pays $6.90 to send this to a destination that is in the middle of the country.

Here is what the Shipping Coach suggests:

  • Ship it with the US Post Office
  • Use the First-Class Mail Package Rate of $2.32
  • Buy the extra service, Delivery Confirmation for an additional $.18 (when shipping online)
  • Delivery Confirmation allows the capability to obtain delivery information online or by phone.
  • Estimated delivery is 3 days
  • Total cost is $2.50 today
  • Savings is $4.40 or 64%!

On 10 packages a week, that is $44 or almost $100 a month!

Most people think that United States Post Office’s First-Class Mail is only for envelopes, but a little known secret is that you can also use it to send parcels.

Packages need to weigh less than 13 ounces and be at least ¾” thick.


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