Hurry For Free Shipping During Carrier Rate Increases
Fees customers love to hate increase in 2019. The convenience of online shopping increases carriers’ investment in trucks, planes, warehouses and personnel. Each year online store merchants grapple with the challenges of either raising or absorbing shipping costs.
The ClinicalPosters e-commerce platform supports a variety of different shipping services. Each carrier’s rates are dynamically integrated into checkout. ClinicalPosters uses USPS and FedEx. UPS and other carriers have similar increases.
Carrier Rate Hikes
FedEx – Effective January 7, 2019
- FedEx Express package and freight standard list rates increase an average of 4.9% for U.S., U.S. export and U.S. import services.
- FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery standard list rates increases an average of 4.9%.
- FedEx International Premium® rates are increasing.
- Minimum rates for FedEx Express® services are increasing.
- FedEx One Rate pricing increases.
USPS – Effective January 27, 2019
- Retail rates are increasing across the board.
- First-Class stamp increases from 50 to 55 cents.
- Priority Mail has an average increase of 5.9%.
- Priority Mail Express will increases an average of 3.9%.
- Cost to ship First-Class Package Service now based on both the package weight and destination (Zone-based fees).
- Priority Mail Express Flat Rate Envelopes see a rate increase ranging from $0.70 to $0.72 depending on the envelope used.
- Dimensional Weight (DIM) divisor for Priority Mail packages over 1 cubic foot (1728 cubic inches) is being adjusted from 194 to 166 on June 23, 2019.
Supporting DIM weight shipping can be problematic. Most platforms require merchants to store dimensions and weight for each product. Carriers then charge the greater of either the actual package weight or multiple of package dimensions divided by a value to estimate weight (DIM weight).
Fees for packing materials and carrier price increases make it is difficult to bury shipping costs
Posters have a negible thickness with width and length that exceeds flat envelopes. In small quantities, they are rolled into tubes. Buying two posters does not double the number of tubes. Other times they are shipped within large flat boxes. Dimensions and weight changes accordingly. Similarly, multiple pieces of jewelry can fit within one box. Some merchants get around these anomalies by charging a flat shipping rate per item.
The fees for packing materials and carrier price increases make it is difficult to bury shipping costs within the price of an $18 poster. Did you know that FedEx Express Tubes increase shipping rates by over 12 dollars? Premium engineering is able to withstand several hundred pounds of force. A kraft brown FedEx Ground Tube is about 9 dollars.
Though there is no surcharge, Priority Mail Tubes are significantly weaker than FedEx Tubes. They are wider than the others ClinicalPosters purchases. When necessary, Priority Mail Tubes are reinforced to double strength.
ClinicalPosters stocks its own tubes, flat boxes and plastic bags. A 200 pound person can step on our triangular tubes without crushing. However, customs inspectors have been known to open tubes and handle contents. Whether international or not, it is customary to insure shipments.
Have you ever received a poster within our flat box? Posters are protected against water damage within plastic bags. Extra cardboard or bubblewrap padding is included to prevent puncture wounds. Poster corners are secured away from box edges to prevent bends. Multiple frames include cardboard corner protectors.
Flat box shipping is provided at no additional charge for orders of one or more frames or 8 or more posters. It is an upgrade option available during checkout for less posters for customers who prefer that posters arrive uncurled.