Shipping ROI Tip #2: Add USPS Online Postage to Your Carrier Portfolio

Online Postage is a Cost-Saver for USPS Shipping, APO Shipping and FPO Shipping

Chances are that you already use the U.S. Postal Service in some areas of your shipping operations. But is it integrated into your shipping system? If you added USPS shipping rates to your multi-carrier shipping system, you could eliminate many time-consuming, manual processes and reduce your costs related to labor and your freight rates.

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The USPS is proving to be a cost-effective carrier for online retailers, manufacturers and distributors shipping to businesses and residential addresses. Adding the U.S. Postal Service or Internet postage to your multi carrier shipping software also gives you further opportunities to reduce freight costs by comparing services between all your small parcel carriers. As many shippers are finding out, the U.S. Postal Service’s postal shipping service also meets their small parcel delivery requirements – often at a lower overall price.

The U.S. Postal Service® offers powerful cost-cutting benefits for small parcel shippers:

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Flat-rate products simplify shipping – Priority Mail Flat Rate service is a simple, time-saving alternative to traditional shipping. If it fits, it ships®* anywhere in the country for a low flat rate. Designed for shipments up to 70 lbs., there’s no weighing, no looking up zones, and no calculating postage. Four box sizes are available to accommodate a wide range of shipments. The USPS also offers international flat-rate options.

No fuel surcharges – Have you really checked your shipping invoices to see what your carrier is charging in added fuel costs? With fuel costs still elevated, business shippers have a strong interest in this USPS® advantage. The USPS does not add on fuel surcharges.

Saturday and residential delivery at no extra charge†.
Currently the USPS delivers packages on Saturday at no additional cost giving you up to 52 extra surcharge-free delivery days a year that you won’t get from competitors.

The USPS doesn’t charge extra for residential delivery – Compared to other carriers, who charge $2.50 or more per delivery, the savings can really add up.

Largest delivery network in the U.S. – The USPS has the largest delivery network in the U.S. and is the only shipper that delivers to PO Box™ and APO/FPO military addresses.

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Comprehensive delivery tracking – The USPS has significantly enhanced its delivery tracking capabilities for postal shipping. Shipments are now scanned an average of 6 to 7 times to track package movement, providing a high level of visibility to the shipper and their customer.

Customer service is a USPS priority – According to USPS Business Alliances Manager Marcia Sapien, in a recent shipper’s survey, the USPS was the only major shipper to improve in every category, including customer service, on-time performance, delivery performance, claims processing, refunds for late delivery, and pricing.

How real are the savings?

There are a number of ways to put USPS rates to work for you. Ship-IT allows you to compare carriers based on rates, delivery requirements and choose the best option for the order. Ship-IT multi-carrier shipping software is very flexible, and can be installed as an enterprise shipping system, desktop shipping system or an SaaS shipping system.

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ADSI is a long-standing partner with the USPS. For Ship-IT multi-carrier shipping software customers, adding the USPS rate server and automatic label printing is very simple. Once installed, your staff follows the same shipping routine and simply sees the USPS as an additional carrier option in the rating screen.

CASE STUDY: Find out how one ADSI customer, Other World Computing, has reduced costs and improved its services to its customers.

To find out more about the benefits of adding the USPS and online postage to your carrier portfolio, contact ADSI. Our shipping specialists will be happy to assist you, contact us for more information.

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