This past fall, Stamps.com announced a partnership with UPS®, introducing a number of pre-negotiated shipping rates and discounts for its users. You may be wondering: How does this affect me and my business?
As a Stamps.com company, we’re thrilled to be able to extend these reduced UPS® rates to all ShipEngine users.
With deliveries to more than 220 countries and territories around the world, UPS has proven itself as one of the leading global carriers. And, as such, UPS plays an important role in global e-commerce and shipping logistics. In addition to these discounted rates, UPS also offers a guaranteed delivery program, which refunds shipping charges if a package is delivered later than the committed time.
“By collaborating with Stamps.com, their e-commerce customers will have easy access to UPS within the same familiar platform they’ve been using, offering them more choice and control over their shipping needs,” said UPS’s Chief Marketing Officer, Kevin Warren.
At ShipEngine, this partnership is just another benefit we offer to help solve shipping for our users. Read below to learn about these new discounted prices, when they take effect, and more.
What are the UPS® discounted shipping rates?
With savings of up to 73% off UPS 2nd Day Air® and 78% off UPS® Ground Daily Rates,* these reduced rates practically mean you may be eligible to ship two packages for the price of one. As part of the agreement, you’re also able to avoid certain surcharges typically added to the price of shipping—saving you even more in the long run. Plus, there’s no minimum shipping volume required to take advantage of these discounts through ShipEngine.
ShipEngine will support the following portfolio of UPS shipping options:
- UPS Next Day Air Early®
- UPS Next Day Air®
- UPS Next Day Air Saver®
- UPS 2nd Day Air A.M.®
- UPS 2nd Day Air®
- UPS 3 Day Select®
- UPS® Ground
- UPS Worldwide Express Plus®
- UPS Worldwide Express®
- UPS Worldwide Saver®
- UPS Worldwide Expedited®
- UPS® Standard
When can I expect to see the UPS® reduced rates reflected in my ShipEngine account?
In March 2020, these UPS® shipping rates will become available to new and existing ShipEngine users based in the United States.
What if I already use my own negotiated UPS® rates?
The new UPS discounts will not affect any rates negotiated outside of ShipEngine. If you prefer to use your own shipping rates—regardless of carrier—you will be able to do so by connecting your existing accounts directly through your ShipEngine dashboard.
What actions do I need to take in order to benefit from these discounted shipping rates?
Every ShipEngine user qualifies for the reduced UPS rates through ShipEngine. Different types of users will need to follow different steps to take advantage of these rates.
For new users, this change happens automatically upon completion of your ShipEngine carrier account setup. After gaining access to your dashboard, you will navigate to the Connections tab and select the purple “+ Setup” button. During this step, you will be prompted to set up your free Stamps.com account and add billing information for any postage fees. No existing UPS account will be required.
Funds for your UPS shipments will be managed from within your ShipEngine dashboard. As long as your billing information is up-to-date, no additional action will be required in order to generate the discounted shipping labels.
Existing ShipEngine users will follow the same steps to setup their UPS wallet through the ShipEngine dashboard. This new account will automatically import the new rates, allowing you to immediately resume shipping once the new account is linked. We will be sending an email to all existing users in the coming weeks that further details the steps required to start taking advantage of these pre-negotiated shipping rates.
“This new collaboration will allow us to bring the leading shipping solutions of UPS to our customer base in a simpler and more seamless fashion, and at very attractive new discounts,” said Ken McBride, Chairman and CEO of Stamps.com. “We want to empower our customers, and we know that delivery speeds and competitive rates are an important factor for small business success.”
For more information on ShipEngine’s reduced UPS rates, feel free to contact our support team from the chat window at the bottom of our homepage. Our support team is available for live chat between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Central each Monday through Friday.
* Reduced rates are limited to shipments within the continental U.S. These rates and discounts exclude shipment origins from Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. Rates and any applicable discounts are subject to change at any time without notice.