My friend asked one day, WHAT IS THE BEST WAY OF SHIPPING IN 2022? And I was like— What? It isn't easy to announce the VERDICT without going into the FUNDAMENTALS.
No doubt, our Sourcing experts have dealt with several cases of shipping.
A decade of experience has made us achieve HIGHER OUTPUTS. In the end, your CUSTOMERS will be CONTENT with our in-time services.
Settling on one point and neglecting the other aspect of SHIPPING will make choices WRONG and REPENTABLE.
So, what to do in that case?
Easy. What can you do? Learn about the SHIPPING OPTIONS vetted by our experts. Till the end of GUIDE, you will crack code for FASTEST, CHEAPEST, and ON-TIME services.Here are the following types of SHIPPING OPTIONS.
Check them out.
Are you worried about INCREASING COSTS upon increasing weight? The size of the packet is larger? Only and only one SOLUTION.
Try FLAT-RATE shipping. It is a SHIPPING TYPE that allows you to ship the products at a fixed rate.
For example, if you use USPS, they will issue a BOX. Stuff whatever you can; it doesn't matter if the weight is HIGH or the dimensions are more extensive.
The CHARGES for the shipping box will be the same.
You should TRY( not compulsory) when the product dimensions are small and fit into the BOX. But product weight is more. Simple talk. Something compact but weighty.
FREE MEANS FREE.
Free Shipping refers to 100% FREE SHIPPING. Is that even possible? Many customers ask us such questions. And the answer is yes— NO COST shipping is possible. At ALIBABA or eCommerce websites, most retailers or wholesalers offer FREE SHIPPING. All counts on your SUPPLIERS and MANUFACTURERS. From packaging to SHIPPING, everything is FREE.
For EVERYONE. I said, EVERYONE. No matter whether you have bulk inventory or are ordering a packet. Whether the product weight and dimensions are considerable or not.
When you have the FREE SHIPPING opportunity, GRAB IT!
REAL-TIME and CARRIER are two different words. Once you crack the meanings, you absorb the WHOLE STORY. Real-time means the current and changing values as per the instant time.
So, what will be the REAL-TIME CARRIER RATES? SIMPLE. Current and exact shipping rates vary depending on the market shipping rates. They are charged when you are CHECKING out the product and paying the PRICE.
So, any pros? Yes
Do you know it? It refers to the DOMESTIC. Let me explain it with an EXAMPLE.
If you order from the ALIEXPRESS supplier and you live in the US. If the ALIEXPRESS supplier ships the products from the DOMESTIC WAREHOUSES in the US, it will be the LOCAL SHIPPING.
It is a better option with multiple benefits. Here are these:
Sometimes, when you track your ORDERS, it shows the PICK-UP. Do you know what that is? It means your products have arrived at the LOCAL collection centre.
Suppose your shipping carrier is in CHINA and sends products to you in Temecula, CA, US. The shipping method is USPS. The PICKUP location will be the local office of the USPS in Temecula, CALIFORNIA.
So, is it beneficial?
If you order a product on September 28, what do you mean by SAME-DAY delivery?
Simple CASE. The same day means you get the product on September 28. (more precisely, in a few hours, the product will be at your address)
Same-delivery is SUITABLE for short-term working articles. For example, HOUSEHOLD ITEMS or GROCERIES.
Same-day delivery is POSSIBLE with local shipping. Most AMAZON sellers or CHINESE sellers ship locally on the SAME DAY.
I considered it to be a SAME-DAY delivery. And even most people think so. But it is not. So, what is the difference between SAME-DAY DELIVERY and OVERNIGHT DELIVERY? Same-day delivery ships the products on the same(not a specific number of hours or time). Overnight shipping is GUARANTEED. If it says your product will arrive by 3 pm at your DOORSTEP, it will. In case of late shipments, you can claim a refund. (only possible if the sellers allow it)
Oh, it isn't evident not only for the drop shippers but also for the customers expecting the product reception. Expedited shipping is an UMBRELLA term. Not completely OBVIOUS, not too VAGUE.
So, what is expedited shipping? Expedited shipping takes less time than REGULAR delivery. For example, if the regular delivery takes FIVE DAYS, expedited shipping takes 2-3 DAYS.
So, what are the PROS of expedited shipping?
A small package doesn't TAKE much time because we have a BUNCH OF LOGISTICS that ship it FAST. DHL, FedEx, or UPS offer to EXPRESS SHIPPING for small packages.
Here are some factors to look at for small package shipping.
Delivery time determines; HOW FAST YOUR PRODUCT ARRIVES.
So, is your packet URGENT?
Choose FAST-SHIPPING options such as UPS. If they offer same-day or Overnight delivery, it is even better.
DELIVERY COST is crucial. You have to keep an eye on it. You can't pay the higher prices. So, go through multiple logistics, determine costs, and hit the shipping option to get your PRODUCT. Remember. You must JUSTIFY the shipping price.
Does the shipping company offer a TRACKING system? It is GREAT. You must choose a shipping company that enables the REAL-TIME tracking of products.
Shipping costs depend on VARIOUS FACTORS. These can be:
Here are different logistics options.
Flat-rate envelopes charge the price of $8.90 per item. Small boxes charge about $10. Your prices vary as per weight and size.
USPS first-class shipping charges start at around $3.01, but they may vary depending on your shipping packet size and weight. USPS Priority Mail Express starts at $7.16 but depends on the size and weight.
UPS costs for a small package around $7-$12. Again, it depends on the size and weight.
Before choosing the BEST OPTION, what are your shipping requirements?
When shipping internationally from the US, you have multiple options to send the ITEMS.
The top logistics companies include:
USPS has the cheapest shipping rates depending on the DESTINATION ADDRESS and weight of the package.
UPS has broader coverage. It is available in numerous countries, offering a FAIR SHIPPING COST.
FedEx is the FASTEST. They have priority mail and express shipping options. It was a bit expensive but a fair price for shipping inventory to a more considerable distance.
So, what is the best among these?
CONFUSING. All are the best. You can compare the prices, determine your shipping requirements, and use any of these LOGISTICS companies.
ePacket is the BEST option if you are shipping from CHINA.
Whatever logistics company you choose, you need an efficient all-in-one package tracking solution to to keep track of shipments and make sure that they get into your customers' hands.
Package size can be in inches and feet. Depending on the package size, you have to choose the correct shipping option.
Here are multiple best options.
First-class envelopes and Flat Rate envelopes are the BEST options to go for lope shipping. They offer the lowest prices. The USPS provides the lowest price in this option.
Cubic boxes have four corners, and their size is calculated based on the size. The best option with the lowest shipping rates is USPS PRIORITY MAIL.
USPS First Class Mail, Media Mail, Priority Mail Package, or Flat Rate— all offer the lowest rates compared to competitive sites.
Choose ANY OPTION.
Shipping costs vary based on the WEIGHT.
Therefore, we have listed the best shipping options based on the charges as per the weight.
Under 1 pound package weight, USPS is the best option.
For 5 pounds or less weight, USPS can be your CHOICE.
For 10 pounds, FedEx is a better option with reasonable charges.
For 50+ pounds, FedEx is a better option.
Different carriers offer different prices and shipping times. The main question arises as to whether the shipping speed is FAIR. Let's consider a product weight of 4 pounds from New York to Los Angeles; there are different options.
For a 2-3 Days shipping option, you can use USPS, FedEx, or UPS.
But what is best for shipping?
Here are the prices, and USPS is the BEST option in that case.
For overnight shipping, you might consider other options, such as:
UPS and FedEx offer guarantees for the next day's shipping. You can get your money back if the logistics company fails to deliver the item.
Are you getting the best options for the 2-3 Days delivery? No problem. You have multiple options with DIFFERENT PRICES.
Want to get the ITEM the next day? Almost all companies offer a next-day delivery option to customers.
Let's check out the following options with the best rates for each option.
Remember. Prices might change as they are REAL-TIME and depend on the local market costs. So, check out the pricing of each option and choose the cheapest one.
All the above companies are RELIABLE and offer the BEST SELECTION.
Shopify offers SHIPPING OPTIONS through the use of these services.
You can use:
You get FLAT SHIPPING rates and average shipping rates through Shopify that are less than the original prices of these logistics.
The sellers can offer discounted prices or flat shipping charges to the customers.
So, any pros to using the Shopify Shipping Options?
Are shipping costs unaffordable for you? Oops. Is there any option? Yes. MODERN PROBLEMS HAVE MODERN SOLUTIONS.
Here are some tips to reduce the overall shipping costs.
Don't send unnecessary weight. Everything counts on the WEIGHT. If your weight is 6 pounds, reduce it to five pounds or less to make the package qualify for LOWER RATES.
It significantly SAVES the cost.
Flat-rate shipping doesn't count on the package's SIZE or weight.
If you have a HIGH WEIGHT item, it is the best option to reduce the shipping COSTS.
Shopify shipping is another excellent option. Shopify charges the FLAT rates or Real-time prices.
All of them are less than the USPS or other options.
Try it! It won't disappoint you.
HUNDREDS of shipping options. But what is reliable? When is it reliable? All these questions can be answered if you know the shipping weight, size, and destination country. You can CHOOSE any shipping option but ensure the prices are LOWER and affordable for you. Are you waiting for what? Choose the BEST option right away!
Edward is the co-founder and marketing director of leelinesourcing. LeelineSourcing is 10 years experienced China Sourcing Company including sourcing, preparing and shipping products to Amazon FBA. They provide a one-stop service to help you import from China, Alibaba, and 1688 to Amazon FBA USA/UK. We serve 2,000+ Professional Amazon sellers all around the world.