|Thu Nov 1 2012 10:18:26|
Survey: Which Shipping Services Do You Use and Why?
By: Julia Wilkinson
We're about knee-deep in holiday sales prep, if not the sales themselves, and sellers will be frenetically packing and shipping more items than any other time of the year. We thought it would be a good time to look at the various shipping services available, and what you like or dislike about them. Also, what are the problems you've had, and what would features or fixes would you like to see?
To that end, we have a short survey we'd love for you to take, linked at this end of this blog. An informal survey I conducted among the sellers I know revealed most use USPS (and they love those free boxes), though those who use Fulfillment by Amazon usually use UPS, with its special FBA-discounted rates to ship their bulk inventory to Amazon's warehouses.
Some said they use FedEx if the price is right; others said it costs too much. And let's not forget Canadians...there's Canada Post too. Although this survey focuses on American shipping solutions.
In terms of problems, one seller said even when she used delivery confirmation w/ USPS, her items weren't showing up as confirmed delivered. She was told possibly the scanners weren't working.
But we'd like to hear about all your experiences, and then we will present the results along with any info from the shipping companies themselves, so this holiday season you can make well-informed shipping decisions.
Please click here to take the survey!