Many times in fulfillment choosing the best carrier for your shipments is difficult. The three most common carriers used are USPS, FedEx and UPS. There are pros and cons for each carrier and in many cases your various shipments will be best served by different carriers. There is no one size fits all. It is best to evaluate types of shipments and use a specific carrier for each type. Let’s look at each carrier to see which ones are right for you.
- United States Postal Service (USPS): This carrier has the cheapest prices if your package is less than 2lbs. Generally your package will arrive in about 3 days. They even have flat rate boxes, no matter the weight. If it fits, it ships. This is a great deal if you have a heavy item that fits in their flat rate shipping box. So what are the cons? There is no guaranteed delivery date and tracking can be an issue. So if you need it there by a specific date this may not be the best carrier for you.
- FedEx: This carrier is extremely reliable. If you need it there tomorrow, it will be there. This carrier has great rates for packages that are over 3lbs. They also offer free packaging on express shipments, such as next day, two day and express saver. They do offer ground shipments but you must supply your own packaging. So what are the cons? They are not always the cheapest.
- UPS: This carrier offers negotiated rates when you are shipping high volumes. This one is also best served for packages over 3lbs. They have good tracking and are pretty reliable. So what are the cons? The one off package prices are high.
All three of these carriers will get your package to its destination. What you need to choose is what is most important to you. Does the delivery date matter or does price? However you choose, all the carriers have automated shipping to help process each shipment quickly.
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