Shipping Battles: USPS vs UPS vs FedEx

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If you own an ecommerce website then you should understand that shipping is a vital part of your business. How you ship a product can be just as important as what you sell.

Whenever you sell goods that need to be physically delivered to some remote location, the first thing that comes into mind is that it is an ongoing challenge. But not if you entrust it to professionals.

USPS, UPS and FedEx are three major package carriers within the United States. Each company offers a variety of package services. There is a fierce competition between them, but the possibility to choose allows considering the one the suits your needs best, especially before holiday season.

So which one is for you?

First of all, let’s introduce each carrier and tell a few words about them.

USPS (United States Postal Service)

The U.S. Postal Service is the oldest and biggest shipping company, providing shipping since 1775 (impressive!). It is a governmental-owned organization and definitely one of the most experienced and trusted agencies. It offers a wide range of services, from buying stamps online, to sending greeting cards from an affiliate website. They deliver packages to more locations, such as post office boxes. The packages can be picked up by postman right from your home or office.

UPC (United Parcel Service)

UPC has one of the largest networks in the courier and logistics segment. This company handles up to 150 pounds of package for every customer. You can schedule pickup, print labels, choose a delivery option and pay your fees without leaving the office or home. They deliver internationally via their airlines.

FedEx (Federal Express)

FedEx is a global courier and logistic company that delivers packages all around the world, however when the weight is more that 70 pounds, they put surcharge on packages.

They do not not sell stamps, but offer packaging and printing services. FedEx provides the same-day delivery, door-to-door, 365 day a week, including all holidays. This is really good for rush orders as they offer specific-time deliveries. They personally carry the package in your hands after you put the signature.

Which Carrier to Choose?

When it comes to shipping to the client, merchants are generally focused on three aspects of the process: reliability, delivery times, and cost. Stamps.com has put together an infographic, where evaluated three major carriers - FedEx, United Parcel Service (UPS), and the U.S. Postal Service with the goal of identifying the best on the basis of the mentioned above criteria.

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*Detailed report version is available for download at:


Important! USPS announces postage rate increase (starts January 17, 2016). Check the rates and details - http://www.stamps.com/usps/postage-rate-increase/

So, Which is the Best?

It depends on what you ship, where you ship it, what are your requirements and what shipping rates you can afford yourself. In case your budget is decisive factor, then most likely you will choose USPS. Want to cut expenses even more? eMagicOne company offers integration of your online store and Stamps shipping service, allowing you get discounted shipping rates. Register your account right now -


Remember, delivery is sometimes the only contact you will have with your customer. A shipping service may leave an impression that you might not have another chance to change, so consider all 'Pros and Cons'. Share your opinion on the best shipping carrier leaving the comment.

By Maria Kvasnytska

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