Taking a Page from a Popular Playbook

Shipping Value and Peace of Mind

Recently, one of the Postal Service’s biggest competitors rolled out flat rate shipping options in an attempt to cash in on the popularity of USPS’ premier product. Here’s a brief look at flat rate shipping features and costs offered by the Postal Service and FedEx.

Feature comparison of FedEx One Rate shipping vs. USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate shipping:

FedEx

USPS

Ship up to 50lbs Ship up to 70lbs
Declared value up to $100 $50 insurance ($100 for large volume shippers)
Time-definite delivery Day specific delivery
Money back guarantee No money back guarantee
$4 pickup fee for each package No package pickup fee
Free packaging Free packaging
Price varies by distance traveled One price regardless of distance traveled
Price includes fuel, residential, and delivery area surcharges No surcharges for fuel, residential, or delivery

Pricing of different flat rate shipping options from Phoenix, AZ, to Charlotte, NC:           

FedEx                                                 

 

Standard Overnight

2-Day

Express Saver

Large Box –                  $80.25 –                  $47.50 –                  $18.50
Medium Box –                  $55.50 –                  $38.00 –                  $13.75
Small Box –                  $53.50 –                  $20.50 –                  $10.50

 USPS

 

Priority Mail Express

2-Day Priority Mail

3-Day

Large Box –                  N/A –                  $15.30 –                  N/A
Medium Box –                  $39.95 –                  $11.50 –                  N/A
Small Box –                  N/A –                  $5.15 –                  N/A

While FedEx offers a 1-Day shipping option for large and small boxes that USPS does not, Priority Mail Express offers a Medium Box option that costs 28 percent less than FedEx’s Standard Overnight Medium Box option. USPS 2-Day online prices are also less than 1/3 of FedEx 2-Day pricing. An individual could essentially send three USPS 2-Day packages to our sample destination for the same price he or she could send one via FedEx’s 2-Day option.

The Postal Service has many shipping options that its competitors may attempt to mimic over time. Though they may try to take a page out of USPS’ playbook, no package company can provide the service reliability and value offered by the original package shipper in the United States.

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1 Comment

  1. K.S.

     /  November 13, 2013

    I THINK THESE AND OTHER COST COMPARISONS SHOULD BE POSTED IN POST OFFICES ACROSS THE COUNTRY FOR OUR CUSTOMERS TO SEE. I’M SURE THE POSITIVE “WORD OF MOUTH” COMMENTS WOULD SOON GET AROUND. ESPECIALLY THE PART ABOUT SURCHARGES.

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