eCommerce Seller’s Guide to 2016 Shipping Rate Changes

As an eCommerce seller you know that shipping provides the only direct, physical link you have to your customers—making it the foundation of a great customer experience. You also know that shipping represents a significant cost which you may or may not be able to pass along to your customers.

And you know that in 2016, all the major carriers—the United States Postal Service (USPS), FedEx, and UPS—are rolling out price increases; regardless of which carrier(s) or service(s) you use, these changes will affect you.

To help you minimize the cost impact of these changes while maintaining the customer experience benefits that shipping critically provides your business, ShippingEasy is putting together an eCommerce Seller’s Guide to 2016 Shipping Rate Changes.

It’s the only resource you’ll need to:

  • Understand and compare the changes across all three carriers: We provide a side-by-side comparison of the changes and guidance on how to interpret them for your business.
  • Find the most cost-effective carrier for a given set of shipping parameters: Through a set of easy to use tables, you will be able to quickly determine what carrier provides the best pricing for a package based on its weight, destination zone, and delivery time (e.g. overnight, 2-3 day, and greater than 3-day), and whether there are alternative services (e.g. USPS First-Class Mail®, USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate® or USPS Priority Mail Regional Rate® boxes) that may be even more cost effective.
  • See how the changes impact real-world eCommerce businesses: We’ve analyzed proprietary, anonymous ShippingEasy data to demonstrate the impact of the rate increases for specific shipping situations—and how the impact can be mitigated by looking at alternative carriers and/or services.

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction: 1
  • Summary of 2016 Rate Changes 2
  • What these changes mean for you 3
  • What carrier should I use? 4
  • For overnight delivery 5
  • For 2-3 day delivery 6
  • 2-3 day packages that weigh less than 1 pound 7
  • 2-3 day packages that weigh more than 1 pound 8
  • For more than 3 day delivery 9
  • Case studies: before | after the 2016 rate changes 10
  • Beauty & Cosmetics 11
  • Clothing & Apparel 12
  • Food & Beverage 13
  • Automotive Parts 14
  • How ShippingEasy can help 15
  • Appendix 16
  • Assumptions 19