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 coming in 2019.
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.
E-commerce Rate Case Study: Automotive Parts Shipping
This case study is derived from three small online automotive retailers that ship high volumes of relatively dense, sometimes bulky packages. This case illustrates that USPS Flat Rate and Regional Rate products can be very competitive on these sorts o f packages, even against great UPS negotiated rate.
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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. To handle these parts, shipping costs are based off weight and value, and a threshold-based free shipping is offered.