October 17, 2023:
We thought we'd share our experience using the new US Postal Service(USPS) rates the last 2 months since the rate change. all just FYI, below:
- YokoDana's Latest Word on US Postal Service(USPS) Rates:
On July 10, 2023 the US Postal Service made a number of significant changes that affect the types and cost of postage rates available for parcels to USA zip codes. Now, instead of first class and parcel-select rates (USA only), here at yokodana.com/YokoDana Kimono we have an inclusive USPS Ground Advantage™ class/rate postage.
- New USPS Rates Beating UPS for smaller packages:
Since this new rate was integrated into our ecommerce platform, about 2 months ago, we have been logging all our USA Postal shipments and are pleasantly surprised that, so far, the USPS Ground Advantage™ is turning out to beat even our commercial rate United Parcel Service(UPS) rates to many zip codes.
More specifically, this improved rate applies mostly to orders of a 12lbs gwt.(or less) package - our common package of 10lbs kimonos products; these packages measure 12x12x9 (inches) or smaller, shipping to Eastern and Midwest USA. West Coast deliveries for the lighter package sometimes beat UPS.
For larger packages (larger dimensional weight) over 10lbs and larger than 12x12x9 (inches)/12lbs net wt., UPS remains the best price and quicker delivery times.
- Shipping Insurance Included:
Furthermore, USPS has added 'Insurance included up to US$100' for Ground Advantage packages. Before this change, only Priority and Express rates included insurance by default (up to $100).
This is the first time in our years of shipping experience that a US Postal Service rate change turns out to be a real improvement. In addition, it seems that transit times for ground advantage seem to have improved as well. But, this is just anecdotal on our part.Still...in present conditions, to see prices go down and quality go up -- well, it's a celebration for the little guys -- meaning small businesses and their customers.
Yoko & Dana Lewis