The holidays aren’t just the happiest time of the year — for small and mid-sized business (SMB) shippers, they’re also one of the busiest. In fact, according to ShipMatrix, more than 3 billion parcels were delivered during the 2020 holiday season — a new industry record! But as the number of packages being shipped increases during the holiday season — limiting shipping capacity and increasing rates — how can you keep your UPS shipping costs (and your stress levels) down?
If (like many businesses) your peak shipping season corresponds with the holiday shopping season, it’s important to plan ahead in order to keep your shipping logistics — and your UPS shipping costs — under control. Keep your costs down and your spirits up this holiday season with Unishippers’ helpful tips for navigating peak shipping:
- Pay attention to carrier schedules
Did you know that some carriers operate on reduced hours during the holidays? Make sure to plan ahead for holiday closures and changes to hours of operation and shipping schedules by checking carrier websites ahead of time — you can click here to view the 2021 UPS holiday shipping schedule. By noting holiday closures and shipping cutoff times, you can avoid missed pickups or drop-offs that may leave you paying more to get your packages delivered on time.
- Protect your packages
While taking shortcuts may get your packages out the door faster, cutting corners may end up costing you in the long run. Make sure to properly prep your packages in order to avoid damage or loss in transit. To fully protect your packages, you may also consider investing in shipping insurance to ensure your holiday shipments are fully protected against loss, damage and theft. Learn more about the benefits of small package shipping insurance.
- Start shipping as soon as possible
If you don’t allow yourself enough time, you may find yourself paying for a higher (and more expensive) level of service to get your package delivered on schedule. By getting your shipments out the door right away, you allow yourself the wiggle room to use a more economical delivery speed. Shipping early is especially important since most carriers suspend their money-back service guarantee during peak shipping season. Download Unishippers’ Guide to Understanding Domestic Delivery Options to learn which delivery speed is right for your needs.
- Don’t forget about special fees
We get it: no one likes unexpected shipping fees! Make sure to stay up-to-date on holiday surcharges and other special fees so you can plan your budget accordingly. You can refer to the UPS® website for full details about their Peak Surcharges (and which shipments the various fees apply to), since rates may change as the season progresses. You should also consider the current Fuel Surcharge when you begin planning your holiday UPS shipping costs.
Don’t face peak season on your own
As the nation’s largest non-retail Authorized Reseller of UPS services, Unishippers is sure to offer UPS shipping costs that fit your holiday budget. Pair that with access to our dedicated team of shipping experts, and you’ve got a winning combination for peak shipping success. Contact us today to get started!
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