Shipping Tips

FAQs: Shipping to Canada if Canada Post strikes

As the threatened strike at Canada Post could begin later this month (July 2016), we wanted to provide information to help you consider and handle Canadian deliveries. In the event of the strike, USPS will continue to transport the shipments to th...

FAQs: Suspension of Mail Service to Guatemala

When will USPS services be suspended to Guatemala? Effective November 29, 2016, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has suspended most mail services to Guatemala. This suspension was expected to be in effect until January 15, 2017. However, as of 2018...

Minimize returns cost | Guide

Regardless of your return policy, you can take steps to reduce the likelihood of returns all together. Just keep in mind the most common reasons that customers return products: They changed their mind Wrong product was shipped Package arrived da...

Package Sizes and Dimensions - USPS Domestic | Overview

ShippingEasy wants to help you learn about the e-commerce industry. This article describes service requirements set by the United States Postal Service (USPS). The USPS is a separate organization from ShippingEasy. For more information about USPS...

Package Sizes and Dimensions - USPS International | Overview

When shipping with USPS, packages must meet weight and size limits. The following tables detail international package types offered through the USPS. Many of these supplies can be ordered for free through USPS. Keep in mind that some packages are ...

Package Sizes and Dimensions: Measuring Packages

If you are new to shipping, measuring packages can be a tricky task. To simplify things, we have put together a quick reference guide for how you should be measuring your packages.  PARCELS: UPS: Learn more.  USPS: Learn more.  FedEx: Learn more...

Packing Tips: China and Porcelain

When packing a fragile item like china, taking any shortcuts may lead to breakage. We've all heard the popular description for a destructive person: "like a bull in a china shop." If you don't take the proper efforts to pack china properly, the sh...

Packing Tips: Glass

Pack glass with ample cushioning and little movement to avoid breakage or destruction. Glass is fragile enough sitting on a shelf in your home. Proper shielding and cushioning is key for sending glass shipments through the mail without causing dam...

Packing Tips: Most Common Packing Mistakes

Shipments endure a lot movement and handling so proper packing is a must. A package's journey from sender to recipient hits a lot of bumps in the road - literally! Packages are handled from a dozen to nearly one hundred times, they ride on planes,...

Packing Tips: Protecting Packages from Shipping Hazards

Packages will face a myriad of potential hazards between the time they leave your warehouse and when they reach your customer’s doorstep. Proper packing is the first step in ensuring that your packages are successfully delivered. Prevent breakage ...

Packing Tips: Recommended Materials for All Shipments

Sometimes the smallest details have the biggest impact. In the shipping world, it doesn’t get much more important than packing materials, some of which fit in the palm of your hand. Overlooking this step may lead to broken or damaged shipments, an...

Perishable Mail: Live Animals

Although it’s less common than, say - a letter or birthday gift, live animals can be and are sent through the USPS regularly. However, it is imperative that live animals are packaged and prepared properly The requirements are as follows: Shipment...

Perishable Mail: Plants and Flowers

Preserve delicate flowers and plants by packing with materials that offer the right kind of support. Delicate by nature, it makes sense to exercise caution when sending plants and flowers. When packing, be sure to use one of the following material...

Perishable Mail: What It Is and Shipping Limitations

Perishable items can be sent by USPS as long as special precautions are taken when packing the shipment. Perishable items call for particular caution and care. After all, anything that has the ability to deteriorate can’t be thrown in any old box ...

Selling Tips: Offering Free Shipping

Offering free shipping can drive business by increasing sales through a growing customer base. It may seem contradictory to a business owner, but offering a service like free shipping can actually increase sales, profitability, and your customer b...

Selling Tips: Offering Multiple Shipping Options

Offering multiple shipping options to your customers will increase your store's appeal and keep buyers satisfied. Imagine going to your favorite restaurant. You sit down, open your menu and there’s only one item listed. Whether or not you like it...

Selling Tips: Offering Same-Day Shipping

Providing a same-day shipping option is a great way to get customers excited about a quicker delivery. In a time when instant gratification is increasingly appealing, many retailers are looking for ways to up the ante when it comes to shipping. I...

Selling Tips: Setting up Shipping Rates for an Online Store

Setting up shipping rates for your online store can be done in many ways. These options range from simple flat shipping rates that require no technical implementation, to dynamic shipping rates that vary based on order weight, size, starting addre...

Shipping as a Promotional Tool - Selling Tips | Know How

Offering discounted and free shipping can entice customers and build revenue for your business. Even if you cannot afford to offer free shipping on all items, you can still use this feature as a promotional tool. Here a few strategies to offer fre...

Shipping cremated remains | How To

Cremated remains can be sent through the USPS to both domestic and international destinations. They must be shipped using Priority Mail or Priority Mail Express. The following guidelines will help you prepare your package correctly. Shipments of c...

Shipping Firearms, Rules and Restrictions - USPS, UPS, FedEx | Overview

Shipping firearms can be difficult, due to detailed regulations and restrictions. Ultimately, the most accessible carrier is USPS, unless you’re shipping to or from a licensed manufacturer or a form of military or law enforcement. Read on for more...

Shipping Food - Perishable Mail | Overview

A large portion of the e-commerce space is filled with stores selling food and other perishable items. This material can be shipped with the right steps of precaution. Making sure your items arrive in a timely manner is important when shipping foo...

Shipping knives with USPS, UPS, and FedEx | Overview

Shipping knives is something many companies do. Depending on the carrier you choose to ship with, there are a few restrictions. Generally, when shipping anything that can be harmful to others, its best to choose a service that offers more up-to-da...

Shipping Switchblades with USPS

When shipping something as heavily restricted as a switchblade, you’ll need to take the proper steps to insure you fall within the law and the shipping requirements. It can be a long process, especially because you need to acquire postmaster appro...

Shipping Tips: Improve efficiency for faster shipping

ShippingEasy has a number of helpful features that expedite your shipping process. Whether you ship two packages a month, or 2000, you can take advantage of our automated services to get your packages out the door ASAP! Automatic Postage Refills ...

What does the USPS error message “service is not available to Guatemala” mean?

If you see this error message, you are attempting to ship to Guatemala via a shipping service that has been temporarily suspended by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) for shipping to Guatemala. Effective November 29, 2016, the USPS has suspended most...

What to include in a return policy | Guide

Returns do not have equate to lost sales. Rather, hassle-free returns can as an effective marketing and customer retention strategy, as well as providing your business a competitive edge in many markets. That is why crafting a well-understood ret...

What USPS shipping rates are available from Amazon?

Merchants who sell on Amazon's marketplace have access to shipping services through Amazon. Amazon quotes rates directly from carriers, such as USPS, and bills postage purchases to your seller account. Amazon offers USPS' most recent published rat...