Case Study: Automotive Parts Shipping 2017 Update

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Our final shipping rate case study involves automotive parts. Much like food and beverage, automotive parts come in all sizes and weights, however they don’t share the same perishable qualities as food does. Also, a large section of automotive parts customer base isn’t consumers, but businesses and mechanics needing parts for the cars they are working on.

eCommerce Rate Case Study: Automotive Parts

This case study was created from a pair of online automotive retailers that ship high volumes of relatively dense, sometimes bulky packages. This case illustrates that when we get into heavier packages FedEx can sometimes beat USPS, even assuming USPS CPP and FedEx Standard rates (it should be noted that some of the 2016 UPS and FedEx costs in this example are probably based on negotiated rates). Retailers dealing in larger/heavier packages with decent volumes should explore potential negotiated rates with UPS and FedEx.

Automotive Parts eCommerce Shipping Mix

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Automotive parts come in all shapes, sizes, prices, and work with mechanics and other business, hence the need for dynamic and guaranteed shipping options. To handle less urgent customer demands, they offer standard shipping free to customers as an option.

Automotive Parts shipping changes going into 2017

Keeping a healthy mix of shipping carriers and services, our automotive parts companies will be seeing an increase across most shipping services as they are already fairly dynamic in their shipping choices, leaving little wiggle room to switch to services that could provide better savings.

This is from The eCommerce Seller’s Guide to 2017 Rate Changes from ShippingEasy:

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