Case Study: Clothing & Apparel Shipping – 2017 Update

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Clothing & Apparel is one of the business types that has a relatively easy time with shipping. Orders are usually light, non-fragile, and can be stuffed in poly mailers (as opposed to boxes) to save money on packaging. It’s not perfect, however, as clothing typically has a high return rate. Here we have a case study for a clothing & apparel company that ships out a varied mix of clothing items, leaning more toward fitness apparel.

eCommerce Rate Case Study 2: Clothing & Apparel

Our second case is derived from a few online apparel retailers that ship high volumes of primarily small, soft packages (clothing articles). USPS was generally their most cost-effective option in 2016 and, despite price increases, will remain so in 2017. It’s also worth noting that, given the relative flexibility of packaging apparel, the seller may be able to take advantage of flat or Regional Rate Boxes with some minor adjustments to the folding and packing of the garments.

Clothing & Apparel Shipping Mix

apparel shipping

Our clothing case study company offered a flat rate to shoppers, with an extra expedited 2-3 day option.

Clothing & Apparel shipping changes going into 2017

apparel shipping options

Our apparel company for this case study will be switching from UPS and a USPS mix in their shipping to a pure USPS policy. Utilizing the various services USPS has for different types of orders and shipments, they are looking to make savings across many of their order types, but will still be paying more for USPS First Class Package orders.


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

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