September 17th, 2015
Flat Rate Envelopes and Regional Rate A Boxes
Our goal at Move Method is to make sure customers are being as cost effective as possible when shipping. We have the ability to give our customers the best in the industry USPS rates, but we also look for other areas in the warehouse to improve the shipping process. I have spent a lot of time in warehouses when customers use Flat Rate Envelopes/Boxes and Regional A Boxes. This is a convenient way of shipping because it requires little thought on which box to utilize. It is easier for pick and pack and for batching processing but is it the most cost effective way to ship? The answer varies.
The benefits to Flat Rate Envelopes/Boxes and Regional A boxes are listed below.
When customers partner with Move Method, they get the best in the industry USPS rates by receiving Commercial Plus Pricing (CPP) as well as Cubic Pricing. The cost for a Padded Flat Rate Envelope with Move Method’s pricing is $5.35 and a Medium Flat Rate Box is $10.65.
I have some customers that exclusively use Padded Flat Rate Envelopes because of the cost. It is hard to beat the price, speed and free supplies for Padded Flat Rate Envelopes. However, I have customers that also utilize the Medium Flat Rate Box far too often. With the recent rate changes implemented by the USPS, zones 1-5 should not be shipped in a Medium Flat Rate Box to nearly 10 pounds. It will be less expensive to put the product in box and ship it weight based.
There are many ways to utilize the Flat Rate and Regional boxes within the USPS. Move Method has many eCommerce Shipping Consultants that can help you analyze your shipping patterns and find you best practices to meet your needs. One of the many areas we have helped customers save money is by limiting the amount of Flat Rate and Regional A boxes a customer uses and using more Cubic Pricing. Please reach out to me for a complimentary analysis. You may be pleasantly surprised with the results and the savings.
Hunter Hartman is a shipping consultant in the eCommerce world. He blogs about the changing landscape of shipping.