UPS’ entry could raise interest in flat-rate parcel shipping

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  1. cheryl

    cheryl I started this. Staff Member

    UPS’ entry could raise interest in flat-rate parcel shipping - Freight Waves

    In a complex parcel shipping world, simple is good. Hence the concept of a shipper cramming 50 or 70 pounds of stuff into a box and paying one rate no matter its contents, its origin or its destination.

    So it was in 2004 when the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), 13 years after launching flat-rate pricing for its envelopes, expanded the program to cover boxes shipped via its Priority Mail one- to three-day delivery service. In 2013, FedEx Corp. (NYSE:FDX) followed suit with its “OneRate” flat-rate pricing program.

    One company had always been conspicuous by its absence — until late September. Under the radar, UPS Inc. (NYSE:UPS) brought its own program, called “Simple Rate,” into the game. Typically, FedEx and UPS do everything almost in unison. In this case, however, six years elapsed between the respective rollouts.
  2. DriverNerd

    DriverNerd Active Member

    I never knew Fedex has offered flat rate shipping this whole time.