The shipping advice we provided in the last posts is relevant to all shipping providers. However, we want to separately address one program that has stood out among the rest and encourage any customers using FedEx services to utilize it: FedEx One Rate.
Through FedEx’s One Rate program, we can ship many of our orders 2nd day for roughly the same price as, and sometimes even less than, ground shipping. It only applies to shipments that can fit inside the FedEx envelopes and express boxes, but we are able to package large amounts of product in them. One trick we were taught was to use a small box, say 6x6x4, and put that inside the FedEx envelope. This method ships packages valued at less than $100 2nd day air anywhere in the U.S, including Alaska and Hawaii, for less than $9.50.
We have customers that are requesting ground shipping on their account, but they are not able to take advantage of the cost savings because they have not signed up for it. This is a great program that we would like to see our customers take advantage of so we can use it when they want to ship orders using their own FedEx accounts. We would urge you to talk to your FedEx representative about this program. Even though it only applies to smaller shipments, we can ship products like our blunt needles, fittings, and PTFE tubing with this method and save customers some shipping costs while providing the benefit of shipping 2nd day. Unfortunately, due to their length, hypodermic tubing and wire cannot be shipped this way unless precision cutting has been performed.
We hope some of these ideas have been helpful. If you want to talk to us about how we can work with you and your organization to be more efficient with some of these costs, please contact us. This is just another way we can be a resource to our customers.