USPS Shipping Volume in Top Three – Cites Affordable Delivery Options
One look at the US Postal Service’s shipping volumes and it is clear that its efforts to attract shippers are paying off.
The postal service delivered 524 million packages in December (an 18 percent increase over 2013) versus UPS and FedEx’s projected 585 million and 290 million respectively. (The latter two companies haven’t released their figures yet.)
Of that 524 million, a record 28 million were delivered in a single day — December 22 — ensuring that packages arrived in time for Christmas.¹ That’s some serious volume, indicating that a growing number of shippers are entrusting the USPS to handle their deliveries.
Now, the USPS is seeking to build on that momentum by attracting more shippers with affordable shipping services. In a notice filed with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), the U.S. Postal Service:
- Proposes no price increase for Priority Mail Express and Priority Mail services at current prices.
- Is NOT implementing new dimensional weight charges with this pricing proposal.²
Additional elements of the pricing proposal, which includes an overall 3.4% price increase, include:
- Priority Mail International will increase 6.8%, and pricing to Canada will now be zoned.
- Priority Mail Express International will increase 6.7% with Flat Rate pricing available.
Many ADSI customers have added the USPS to their Ship-IT system to automatically compare USPS rates and services with their other carriers. Based on their feedback, the savings can be significant on both domestic and international shipments. It’s a worthwhile exercise to take a batch of orders and and run a comparison of your current carriers’ charges versus the USPS charges.
If you have questions or would like assistance in performing this analysis, ADSI can help. Contact us for a free consultation.
¹”The Postal Service Emerges as Shipping Powerhouse for Small Businesses,” postal-reporter.com, January 22, 2015.
2 “Proposed New Postal Service Shipping Prices Designed to Capitalize on Strong Package Growth,” USPS.com, January 26, 2015.