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.
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.
eCommerce Rate Case Study 2: Clothing & Apparel
Our second case is derived from a pair of small online apparel retailers that ship high volumes of primarily smaller packages (clothing articles). USPS was generally their most cost-effective option in 2018 and, despite price increases, will remain so in 2019.
In order to minimize the impact of price increases, these sellers should look more carefully for opportunities to use USPS First Class Package Service for orders under one pound, and to possibly take advantage of flat- or regional-rate boxes by making some minor adjustments to the folding and packing of the garments.