Cheapest Carrier in 2016: 3 Day+ Shipping Rates

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3 day+ delivery is a shipping option for packages that don’t need to meet a strict deadline for arrival. Extended delivery windows for shipping is good for customers that don’t care how long an item takes to ship, as long as it arrives and they didn’t pay a lot for shipping.


For the chart below, where relevant we’ll color code the table cells to indicate if a USPS flat-rate or regional-rate option may be more cost effective. To use these tables simply find the row in the table with your shipment weight and the column with your destination zone; the code at their intersection will tell you who is typically the lowest-cost carrier for that scenario (based on USPS Commercial Plus® pricing and standard FedEx and UPS pricing, including residential and fuel surcharges).

If the cell is colored, look at the key to find out which USPS flat- or regional-rate service might be an even better deal.


Cheapest Over 3 Day Delivery Options in 2016

This delivery time-frame is actually the most complicated due to the number of different services that can be considered. We have attempted to simplify it by including the services that are, in our view, most relevant:

  • USPS Priority Mail®: given the 2016 rate changes, Priority Mail Commercial Plus® Pricing actually becomes competitive in this space—with the huge bonus of almost certainly getting your package to its destination faster than any other option listed here
  • As with the 2-Day Delivery timeframe, USPS Priority Mail Regional Rate® Boxes can also provide a compelling value proposition here; consider them for weight/zone combinations highlighted in the table
  • USPS Retail Ground: Since there is no commercial pricing for this service level, USPS Priority Mail with Commercial Plus® Pricing often offers lower cost
  • FedEx Ground® and UPS® Ground struggle to compete with USPS Priority Mail Commercial Plus® Pricing for most weight/zone combinations due to their surcharges


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Since costs are going up across the board, thinking about diversifying shipping services used for your orders and which carrier to work with has become a bit more nuanced. Surcharges and extra fees can really cut into costs, so making them a part of your initial shipping choices can help paint a clear picture of what’s best for your business.


See the other charts for the best shipping options depending on package weight and delivery time windows:


This is from the 2016 Shipping Rate Changes Guide from ShippingEasy:



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