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.
Our jewelry shipping case study is derived from a pair of online jewelry stores that ship high volumes of relatively small, typically lightweight packages. For these types of packages, USPS First-Class Package Service® is generally the best shipping option for packages under 16 ounces, and USPS Priority Mail® the best option for packages of 16 ounces or more.
E-commerce Case Study: Jewelry Shipping
It appears as though one of the vendors in this group had great negotiated rates with UPS in 2018, but even in this case there’s an opportunity to save by using USPS PM in 2019.
Let’s look at the shipping services they will be using in 2019 and see how the 2019 shipping rate increases impact how they ship:
We can see that while the shipping costs when continuing to use the same service will increase in 2019, there are many opportunities to save significantly. When replacing UPS shipping with USPS Priority Mail, these retailers can still hit the target delivery date while reducing costs.