Ask Yourself These 5 Questions before You Ship a Package
These days, it is not uncommon for many people to have friends and family around the world, so when special occasions arise, you may find yourself headed to your local shipping store to send a package. While you could compare shipping rates between UPS, FedEx, and USPS and choose the absolute cheapest method to ship your package, you may not be happy with the end result. Before choosing a carrier, ask yourself these five questions to figure out which carrier offers the best rate and service for your specific package.
- Am I able to ship my items?
Probably; however each carrier has a list of prohibited items which they will not ship. In some cases, these items may not be obvious to you, so check each carrier to find out what their prohibited and limited liability items are.
- What is dimensional weight?
In many situations, UPS, FedEx, and USPS apply dimensional weight pricing, which means even if your package is light, you may be charged based on its size. Each carrier has different rules regarding dimensional weight, so in some cases, repackaging your items can save money.
- Does my package need to be insured, and for how much?
As a general rule of thumb, shipping carriers provide basic value protection ranging from $50-$100 at no additional charge. If necessary, additional value protection may be purchased. Exceptions apply depending on the item you are shipping and the service you choose, so carefully review the insurance options each shipper offers.
- How soon will my packaged be delivered?
UPS, FedEx, and USPS all have different guaranteed delivery times, so you’ll want to select the service which will get your package to its destination by the date and time you need. Remember, guaranteed delivery times may be suspended during peak seasons and due to adverse weather conditions.
- Where is my package going?
Are you shipping to a domestic or international address? Is your package going to a rural area? A business or a private residence? A street address or a P.O. Box? Each of these shipping destination variables may come with a surcharge, depending on the shipper and level of service you choose.
You could research all of these options yourself, but you’re busy and don’t always have time. When you find yourself pressed for time and need to get your package shipped, pay a visit to the AIM Mail Center location nearest you. At AIM, the friendly professionals will automatically compare shipping rates between UPS, FedEx and USPS to help you find the best rate and service for your package. They can even help you custom package your items for safe arrival.