Let’s look at some real-world shipping scenarios derived from ShippingEasy customer data (with all identifying characteristics removed) to examine the kinds of shipping methods used for actual shipments, versus what method would make sense given the rate changes that occurred in 2020.
Automotive parts come in all sizes and weights and can present some unique challenges. Also, a large section of automotive parts customer base isn’t consumers, but businesses and mechanics who need parts for the cars they are working on.
E-commerce Case Study: Automotive Parts Shipping
This case study is derived from some small online automotive retailers that ship high volumes of relatively dense, sometimes bulky packages. Here you can see the massive savings when optimizing shipping with USPS versus even great negotiated rates with UPS and FedEx. USPS has become very competitive in the next-day shipping business, and the savings add up quickly.
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Since automotive parts come in all shapes, sizes, prices, and distributors work with mechanics and other businesses, there is a need for dynamic and guaranteed shipping options. Smart retailers base shipping costs on weight and value, and often offer threshold-based free shipping to customers.