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An All-Star shipper has the skills to deliver




To make the All-Star team, players have to be able to do it all. The same is true in shipping. To truly be the best, your shipper must have the skills to deliver. What are they?

Affordability: To be an All- Star shipper, your service provider first needs to give you a range of affordable options and easy payment methods. Ask to see the prices in writing. Some shipping companies offer deep discounts (as much as 40 percent), but only if you meet certain volume or frequency requirements. If you fall below the minimum, you may have to pay a lot more!

Ask about surcharges, too. Believe it or not, some vendors have more than 80 different surcharges and forwarding fees. Others charge extra for residential or rural delivery, weekly delivery, Saturday delivery and delivery outside the contiguous United States. Ask your shipper to spell out the surcharges and additional costs you are likely to incur.

Convenience: For many businesses, convenience is the most important factor. When you look for your All-Star shipper, consider the proximity of its locations to both you and your customers. You or the recipient may need shipping answers at inopportune moments. Can you reach the shipper 24 hours a day, seven days a week?

A shipper who offers one-stop shopping can make life a lot easier. One with end-to-end service that provides pickup and delivery of packages as well as merchandise return, where your needs are more easily met. Especially if these services include a range of options for domestic and international deliveries. An All-Star shipper makes life a little easier for you and your customer.

Reliability: All-Star shippers will be there when you need them. They will give you a range of speeds and service options. They will have a strong, reliable transportation infrastructure. They will go wherever your customers are – to rural locations, to post office boxes, to other countries. And they will deliver on their promises.

Security: Whatever you are shipping, it’s important – to you and the recipient. An All-Star shipper is someone you can count on. Someone you can trust to protect your merchandise and make sure it gets where it’s going. Someone who will deliver for you in good weather and bad. No strikes. No stranded packages. Safe and secure.

Access to shipping supplies: The cost of shipping supplies can add up quickly. It makes sense to pick a shipper that provides free supplies. Bottom line, why should you pay for shipping supplies when you can get them for free?

Value-added extras: What about proof of delivery? A signature that verifies receipt? Insurance that protects your valuables? These are just a few of the things you may need at one time or another. Make sure your shipper offers them.

On the other hand, some shippers include insurance as part of the price. You pay for it, whether you want it or not. Find out if your shipper offers insurance as an option, so you get to decide what you’re buying and how much.

Affordability. Convenience. Reliability. Security. Access to shipping supplies. Value-added extras. A shipping All-Star will give you all six ingredients. Shop around. Ask the tough questions. Compare. That’s the way to get the best business value for your shipping dollar.

For information about shipping products and services from the U.S. Postal Service, visit your local post office or go to www.usps.com and look for “Shipping Tools.”


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