FedEx SmartPost is an efficient and cost-effective way of shipping light-weight packages to nearly the entirety of the United States territories.
By utilizing the United States Post Office (USPS) to strategically finish the delivery of some packages FedEx is able to get your lightweight shipments to their destination much more effectively. This type of service is particularly ideal to smaller or more cost-efficiency conscious companies such as online retailers and direct marketers.
An agreement with FedEx is required from a seller to be able to ship packages through their SmartPost service. This can be obtained by contact your FedEx account manager.
FedEx SmartPost has a 98% on-time delivery for packages that arrive at the proper hubs, after which they are handed off to the USPS or other appropriate final delivery service. FedEx SmartPost is a great choice if you have regular light-weight shipments you want delivered in 2-7 business days within the continental U.S. (based on the final destination.) There may be longer shipping times for areas outside the continental U.S.
It should be noted, however, that shipment liability is limited to $100. It’s rare, but should something occur to your shipment and it becomes lost or damaged it can only be compensated by up to $100 without additional third party insurance previously purchased. High value goods such as jewelry and more fragile might be better suited for a shipping service with a precise delivery time and varied insurance options.
ShippingEasy currently has FedEx SmartPost functionality. Read our guide on using FedEx SmartPost with ShippingEasy to get started.