|Mon Sept 5 2016 21:10:21|
Would You Use a Flat Rate Service from UPS?
By: Ina Steiner
Many small sellers find USPS Priority Mail and Media Mail to be viable options, especially since UPS and FedEx moved to dim-weight (dimensional weight) pricing - and since UPS and FedEx impose fuel surcharges and surcharges for Residential delivery. (Larger sellers can negotiate better prices with the two carriers than lower-volume sellers.)
But now, UPS is testing a flat-rate service in stealth mode.
Packages weighing up to 70lbs and measuring under 900 cubic inches can be shipped for $11.35 for 3-day delivery with no surcharges, and there's a rate for Ground service at under $10. One caveat: your package must not exceed 900 cubic inches or you'll be slapped with a very big penalty fee.
We broke the story in Monday's inaugural issue of EcommerceBytes 411, which provided more details.
Would you be attracted to a UPS service that let you ship small, heavy items for one flat rate, with no surcharges? Would Ground be fast enough - would your customers spring for the 3-day service?
There's something to be said for the simplicity of knowing that as long as your item fits inside a certain size box, it doesn't matter how much it weighs. That said, it appears these are early days of testing for UPS, and there's nothing to say the ultimate service it launches looks like this pilot program, if it proceeds.