The E-commerce Seller’s Guide to 2018 Shipping Rate Changes

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All the major carriers—the United States Postal Service (USPS), FedEx, and UPS—are rolling out price increases for 2018; regardless of which carrier(s) or service(s) you use, these changes will affect you.

But don’t panic—as we do every year, the content team at ShippingEasy has developed this award-winning guide to help you navigate the changes and get the most out of every penny you spend on shipping in 2018. Our E-commerce Seller’s Guide to 2018 Shipping Rate Changes is  the only resource you’ll need to:

  • Understand and compare the changes across all major carriers: The guide includes a side-by-side comparison of the changes and guidance on how to interpret them for your business.
  • Find the most cost-effective carrier for a given set of shipping parameters: A set of easy to use tables allows you to quickly determine which carrier provides the best pricing for a package based on its weight, destination zone, and delivery time (e.g. overnight, 2-3 day, and greater than 3-day), and whether there are alternative services (e.g. USPS First-Class Mail®, USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate®, or USPS Priority Mail Regional Rate® boxes) that may be even more cost effective.
  • See how the changes impact real-world e-commerce businesses: We’ve once again analyzed proprietary, anonymous ShippingEasy client data now to calculate the impact of the planned rate increases for specific shipping situations—and how the impact can be mitigated by looking at alternative carriers and/or services.


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Table of Contents

  • Introduction 1
  • Summary of upcoming changes 2
  • What the changes mean for you 3
  • Which carrier should I use? 4
  • Overnight delivery 5
  • 2 to 3 day delivery 6
  • 2 to 3+ day delivery for packages less than 1lb 7
  • Greater than 3 day delivery 9
  • Case studies 10
  • Cosmetics retailers 11
  • Apparel retailers 12
  • E-cigarette retailers 13
  • Online grocers 14
  • Automotive parts retailers 15
  • How ShippingEasy can help 16
  • Appendixes 17
  • A note regarding dimensional pricing 17
  • Rate comparison tables 18
  • Assumptions 24