The E-Commerce Seller’s Guide to Flat Rate Shipping

All the major shipping carriers—USPS, FedEx, and UPS—now have flat rate shipping services. UPS offers Simple Rate, FedEx has One Rate, and USPS has Priority Mail Flate Rate and Regional Rate options.

Which of these flat rate shipping options will be more cost-effective over the other? When will they be more cost-effective versus other shipping methods offered by these three carriers? Our E-commerce Seller’s Guide to Flat Rate Shipping is the only resource you need to make smart shipping choices. Here’s why:

  • Understand and compare the specifics: Each flat rate shipping method has its own unique set of options and nuances, including free supplies or the ability to use your own supplies. We extrapolate the details of each.
  • The pros and cons of using flat-rate shipping: This guide explains when it might be appropriate and cost-effective to consider flat-rate shipping and when it might not make sense for your business. At-a-glance tables break down these comparisons for you.
  • Packaging types and price comparisons: There are similarities and differences that can make comparing each option difficult. This guide gives you quick-reference tables to view comparable services from each carrier.
  • Find the most cost-effective flat-rate option for varying sets of shipping parameters: Quickly determine which carrier and service are best for a package based on its size tier, volume, and destination zone.

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