Cheaper rates for small packages
The unpredictable rise of accessorials is causing some shippers to flock to USPS. USPS doesn’t tack on any surprising fees to your package and charges flat rates for Priority Mail shipments. That means if you can fit it into the box, they’ll ship it any distance for you. No extra fuel surcharges or extended delivery fees to worry about.
USPS also offers free packaging. You can order free boxes and envelopes online at the USPS store or directly from your local Post Office. As shipping costs continue to rise, receiving free packaging is a definite perk.
If you are shipping small and lightweight goods, USPS could easily be a top choice. For shippers that need to send items under 2 pounds, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is one of the cheapest options on the market. If your product fits in Priority Mail packaging, you can save on average $2 per parcel compared to FedEx and UPS rates.
Unlike FedEx and UPS, USPS has delivered mail and packages six days a week for years. There are no fees associated with receiving a package on Saturday.
UPS and FedEx often introduce the same services around similar times to remain competitive. UPS recently introduced Saturday delivery to customers in specific areas. UPS Air and International Services incur a $16.00 fee and UPS Worldwide Express Freight incurs a $200.00 fee for Saturday delivery. If you choose to use UPS Ground, eligible packages that were previously delivered on Monday can be delivered on Saturday, at no additional cost. FedEx delivers packages on Saturday to residential addresses through its FedEx Home Delivery® service, at no extra cost as well.
Delivers to remote areas
The USPS delivery system is complex and extensive. Because the USPS routinely delivers across the country, it excels in getting packages to those extended delivery destinations. They go to every house, every day.
UPS and FedEx, on the other hand, do not follow this same pattern. Amazon, FedEx, and UPS have all tapped into the USPS network to deliver packages through UPS SurePost and FedEx SmartPost. And, because mailboxes are government property, USPS is the only carrier allowed to deliver to mailboxes and P.O. boxes instead of to doorsteps.