Update: This blog was originally published on March 9, 2017. Since that time, Amazon has indeed entered the package delivery market. This new development makes the information and advice below even more pertinent today than it was when originally published almost a year ago. Make sure you understand what Amazon's move means for the package delivery business as a whole.
If you're a small-package shipper, the prospect of Amazon entering the package delivery market is intriguing. Currently, doing business for you means working with a handful of carriers (typically UPS, FedEx and often the U.S. Postal Service), so your clients have the best possible shipping options.
Everybody loves a pleasant surprise, but an unpleasant surprise? Not so much. Carrier back charges fall into the latter category. A shipping back charge is when a carrier bills you an additional amount after you’ve already paid freight for a shipment.
Reducing your shipping expenses or streamlining your shipping costs is achievable by comparing different carriers' offers on costs. However, there are a few comparison factors to keep in mind, including the shipping prices, different weight breaks and different shipping zones. Here are a few ways to compare shipping costs.
In the past five years, e-commerce companies have seen a huge shift with how residential packages that weigh under five pounds are handled: Up to 50 percent of these packages are now going through the United States Postal Service.