USPS Ground shipping is one of the most popular shipping methods for eCommerce fulfillment in the United States. In fact, according to an article from the Wall Street Journal, it’s likely that we’re bound to see USPS Ground shipping become an even better option for affordable, swift delivery.
According to the WSJ piece, the USPS’s rebranded Ground Advantage aims to move packages under 70 pounds across the country cheaper than UPS or FedEx.
In the age of same-day shipping from Amazon, it’s clear that the USPS has been struggling to catch up. However, there are several key advantages that make USPS Ground an attractive option for brands shipping items under 70 pounds from a warehouse.
Let’s explore some of the top benefits of using USPS Ground shipping during your supply chain process.
In the world of eCommerce fulfillment, cost-effective rates are king. One of the biggest advantages of USPS Ground is the cost-effective shipping rates.
USPS Ground can be significantly cheaper than other shipping carriers for packages under 10 lbs. The USPS has large-scale operations and distribution networks that allow them to offer economical ground shipping prices, especially for shorter distances within the contiguous US.
As an example shipping a small package from Dallas to Indianapolis under Ground Advantage would cost $12.87, whereas older Ground delivery rates were $13.59.
Reduced rates make Ground Advantage an affordable way for small businesses to accomplish eCommerce fulfillment without eating too much into profit margins.
Reliable Transit Times
USPS Ground offers reliable transit times for packages. While not as fast as priority shipping, ground shipments through USPS Ground Advantage typically arrive within 2-5 business days, depending on the origin and destination zip codes.
This makes it a suitable option for non-urgent deliveries. USPS Ground Advantage also includes tracking so you can monitor the status of shipments. The consistent transit times allow businesses to set accurate delivery expectations that keep customers satisfied.
The USPS has an expansive distribution infrastructure that reaches every address in the continental United States. This vast coverage is a key advantage compared to some other ground carriers.
So you can count on USPS Ground Advantage to get your package delivered no matter where the recipient is located in the States. The widespread presence of USPS facilities and routes enables consistent ground delivery timelines across the country, letting the shipping entity stay on par with its most current 95.1% on-time delivery rate across the states.
Free Supplies and Pickup
For the warehouse manager that is eager to save on shipping supplies on smaller shipments, USPS provides free shipping supplies like boxes and labels to customers who ship using their services.
This can help reduce overhead costs related to packaging and mailing supplies. USPS also offers free package pickup if you schedule ahead of time. The carrier will stop by your location to grab any outbound shipments.
This saves the hassle and expense of having to drop off smaller packages at the post office yourself. Taking advantage of these free services can enhance the shipping convenience and cost-savings of using USPS Ground Advantage.
Every USPS Ground Advantage shipment includes up to $100 of insurance coverage. While insurance up to $5,000 is available for purchase, the default coverage provides some protection at no extra cost. Having additional insurance for your packages gives you peace of mind that your shipment will arrive safely at its destination.
Ship Smarter with USPS
USPS Ground Advantage is now available to all customers that need to ship in the United States. At GFS Logistics headquartered in Dallas, TX we’re excited to see how this rejuvenated shipping option offers an affordable and reliable delivery option for the eCommerce businesses we work with.
Even if you plan on shipping outside of the United States, we have the shipping connections to help you find the most affordable routes that get your packages delivered on time.
Contact us today to learn more about becoming affiliated with Dallas’s most trusted logistics team.