Selling your crafts online involves some form of shipping. The whole idea of selling online means that you are reaching a much wider locale of customers. I’m sure that if you are well-traveled you could arrange to drive to each location and personally drop off the products…but does that even make sense? SO, the two big options that you can choose from when it concerns shipping your products are both quite well-known around the country (and I’m sure they are also well-known around the world, but I don’t personally know about that).
FedEx – Shipping, Logistics Management, and Supply Chain Management. FedEx Corporation (NYSE: FDX), originally known as FDX Corporation, is an American global courier delivery services company. The name “FedEx” is a syllabic abbreviation of the name of the company’s original air division, Federal Express, which was used from 1973 until 2000.
UPS – United Parcel Service is an American global package delivery company that delivers more than 15 million packages a day to 6.1 million customers in more than 220 countries and territories around the world. They are well known for their brown trucks, internally known as package cars (hence the company nickname “Brown”). UPS also operates its own airline.
So, with these two options, how on earth do you ever decide with which one to ship your packages? Instead of going through the long spill myself, I found this incredible infograph that has all of the information you may need!
There it is…In a nutshell, if you are shipping overseas (i.e. to another country), then the best option is FedEx, and if you are shipping to the other side of the country (or continent), probably best to go with UPS. And with the pricing being so competitive…why not make the distinction to ensure that your products arrive quickly to their destination! (I’m sure that there is another infograph concerning the gentleness factor of each of these companies, but this post is merely about availability of vehicles which can be directly connected to speed of package delivery).
- New USPS Postage Rates January 22nd (rubylane.com)
- Shipping Gear (UPS vs. FedEx vs. USPS vs. DHL) (gearslutz.com)
- Padded Flat Rate Envelopes – a Great New USPS Resource (rubylane.com)
- In Praise of Online Created Mailing Labels (rubylane.com)
- Child rescued from UPS drop box. Using a flat rate box from the USPS would have been cheaper, and might have actually made it to its destination [Stupid] (fark.com)