There is more to saving money on shipping rates then the rates themselves. Save money by considering the following:
Points to consider:
- Which #UPS shipper offers the best rate, the small mom and pop, the big box office supply store or The #UPS Store close by your office or home?
- Is the right sized box important or can you just grab the cheapest box you can find?
- How much money do you get back if the #shipper loses your package or it gets lost?
- What happens if your valuable merchandise gets broken and you fail to meet the shipper’s guidelines for packing?
- What time is it?
Which shipping outlet should you use for low rates?
Mom and pops frequently contract to ship through two or more shippers, so you might think you can get a bargain there. Don’t take my word for it. Check it out. The mom and pops have no limits on what they can charge you for UPS shipping. Get a quote from one or more of them and then ask a UPS Store for a quote. The UPS Stores are contractually bound to be no higher than the official UPS hub rates. In exchange for this they get the best rates of any of the shipping outlets from UPS to allow them to make a reasonable profit. The small mom and pops don’t get these rates and they may have to upcharge to higher prices to get by. Or they may think they can get by with high rates in their area.
What time is it?
Getting your package into the hands of a UPS driver before their deadline may save you a day in shipping. For example. You may need a package shipped from Phoenix to Southern California in two days. The UPS pickup spot you normally use picks up at 4:00 PM. It is now 4:30 PM. That means to get your package guaranteed delivered to your destination in two days requires next day delivery because you missed the pick up today and it officially gets shipped tomorrow. However, if you get it shipped today you may have the option of using the guaranteed ground transportation option that could be 1/3 to 1/4th the cost of next day air because ground guarantees two day delivery to many contiguous areas.
Check www.UPS.com for the latest times near you. The UPS Stores get favored pick up times so that may be your best bet if there is one close by (with over 5,300 store nationally that is likely).
Why is box size important?
Your shipping costs are determined by both size and weight. Trucks obviously have limited space in the back. And they can only run certain weights over the highways; as heavy trucks damage the roads.
In the case of air transportation, weight is even more important than size. In both trucks and airplanes weight also adds fuel cost as it takes more energy to move heavier items. It is simple physics and math. So, when you pick a box make sure it is as small as possible and still allow enough dimension for proper packing peanuts and bubble wrap. By the way, newspaper sucks as a packing material. It crushes and never bounces back. Your merchandise then rattles around in the box and may get damaged.
Well trained shipping stores normally keep a lot of different sized boxes handy to keep your box size to a minimum; thus saving you money. They know the required packaging needed to get fragile and normal items delivered safely to their destination.
They also know how to cut a box down to size. They can cut down the corners of a box and then perforate the box where they will fold the new flap over. Thus they can make a custom sized box to save you even more money and reduce the packing material needed to fill the box.
What about refunds for lost or broken items shipped?
UPS has many private store outlets. Only one has the Pack and Ship Guarantee. See The UPS Store web site for details but generally it says that if you ship with a participating The UPS Store you will get the value of the lost or damaged item back plus the cost of the packing materials and the cost of shipping. This only happens if the UPS Store packs and ships the item for you. No other UPS shipper can provide this to you. All other UPS outlets and other competing shippers will only give you the value of your damaged or lost item. Make sure you know the detailed rules before you take advantage of this important benefit. Your local The UPS Store can help.
What if you decide to pack the item yourself and it gets broken?
UPS and other common carriers all provide insurance. However, they will look at the condition of the package used to ship the broken item to determine if it was packed to their required specifications. If it isn’t they may choose to deny your claim. So either get on the web site of the carrier you are using, and follow their #packing #material requirements, or hire a knowledgeable shipping store to help.
Saving money means more than the cheapest shipping rates!
Rates are important, which store you choose to ship with is important, when you ship is important and who packs your merchandise is important. Select wrong and your shipping may cost you a lot more than you thought it would.
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