It is easy to overlook some of the basics when preparing your parcel for shipping. While the box needs to be big enough for items to fit with a generous gap all the way around, you will also want to make sure the box is not overly large.
Several non-USPS shippers have expanded their use of Dimensional Weight Pricing (DIM.) This has the potential of a 1-pound domestic box with 12″x12″x12″ dimensions to be billed at a rate upwards to 11-pounds.
Here are several helpful tips:
- The US Post Office provides their customers with free boxes and envelopes when shipping items Priority or Express Mail. The other carriers — with Express Services — will provide containers of various sizes.
- Before heading to the shipper’s brick-and-mortar retail outlet, you will find that the organization’s website is less expensive.
- Place a second address label in the parcel in case the label on the outside of the box comes off during shipping.
- Carrier’s website will give you the closest drop off locations to work or home.
Shippers and mail centers are using SMARTParcel™ to provide even more parcel processing benefits.