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Understanding Easyship's hybrid solutions

Learn how Easyship offers couriers that other platforms don't to offer the best rates and a local service for international shipments.
Understanding Easyship's hybrid solutions
Jules

By Jules

 

June 8, 2018

Updated with new rates on 14th July 2020

What sets Easyship apart from other shipping companies is that we actively find ways to provide valuable, tailor-made shipping solutions to eCommerce stores and their customers.

While working with couriers to offer discounted rates, we discovered an opportunity to put together certain solutions. These hybrid solutions usually combine services from both postal and regional express couriers.

When paired up, these solutions not only lower shipping costs, but also provide better service quality through faster delivery times and regular tracking updates.

Some of these couriers may be unfamiliar to you, but trust that your customers in your overseas markets will know who they are!

Hybrid solutions in action

Let’s say you’re interested in shipping something from Durham, North Carolina to São Paolo, Brazil.

Easyship Hybrid Solution in dashboard

When getting a quote on our dashboard, you’ll see that USPS provides a rate of $46.22.

But, that 2 week delivery time doesn't look appealing. While FedEx can cut the delivery time in half, the price is about 25% higher.

That SkyPostal solution is looking good right about... now. It's $12 cheaper than USPS, the delivery time is shorter, AND it has regular tracking.

However, they don’t have a presence in Durham – so how will they handle your shipment?

That’s where USPS comes in. They will be the first courier to handle your shipment, so you can either have them pick up, or head to your local post office to drop off. USPS will then be responsible for getting the package to Miami, where SkyPostal is located.

From there, SkyPostal will handle the rest of the delivery, getting it to Brazil efficiently since they run the largest private postal network in Latin America.

And just like USPS, they are able to provide you a regular tracking service so you can always know the status of your shipment.

This solution is 45% cheaper than FedEx International Economy, and you can cut down the delivery time by as much as 5 days, compared with USPS Priority Mail International.

Our hybrid solution couriers

Unsure of using these couriers simply because you don’t know who they are? Well then, allow us to introduce them to you!

Aramex

Aramex is a logistics company that’s been in operation since 1982. Based in the Middle-East, they offer reliable and affordable services to the Middle-East, Southeast Asia, and Africa.

39% of shipments at Easyship use Aramex to deliver to the Middle-East.

On average, here’s how the Aramex hybrid solution compares to USPS First Class International and DHL Express to Jordan:

USA to Jordan

Courier Price Delivery Time Tracking
DHL Express $36.58 1 to 2 days Excellent
USPS First Class $24.23 10 to 15 days Limited
Aramex Parcel $16.86 10 to 12 days Regular

SF Express

SF Express is a courier company based in Shenzhen, China. For 25 years, they’ve been offering express courier services to China and other Asian destinations.

51% of our shipments to China are sent using SF Express.

On average, here’s how the SF Express hybrid solution compares to USPS First Class International and DHL Express to China:

USA to China

Courier Price Delivery Time Tracking
DHL Express $31.24 1 to 2 days Excellent
USPS First Class $26.36 10 to 15 days Limited
SF Express Economy Express $15.34 10 to 12 days Regular

SkyPostal

SkyPostal is a courier company based in Doral, Florida. The company has been around since 2001, and prior to its founding, the family owners had over 35 years of experience in logistics.

As they have the largest private postal network in Latin America, they focus their service there, in addition to the Caribbean and Mexico.

On average, here’s how the SkyPostal hybrid solution compares to USPS First Class International and FedEx International Economy to Brazil:

USA to Brazil

Courier Price Delivery Time Tracking
DHL Express $39.47 1 to 2 days Excellent
USPS First Class $24.23 10 to 15 days Limited
SkyPostal International $20.74 8 to 10 days Regular

Flat Export Rate

We've left the best till last.
Flat Export Rate is a solution offered by Easyship which has a simple rate structure for all International Shipments. We’ve consolidated multiple shipping solutions into one discounted service based on your parcel's weight. Provided your parcel does not exceed the maximum size, you can ship based on these weight classes for a fixed rate to anywhere in the world. There are just two zones, one for shipments to Canada and one to the rest of the world.

Flat Export Rate Pricing

Max Weight (lbs) To Canada Rest of the World
1/2 lb $8.89 $10.89
1 lb $10.89 $15.89
2 lb $13.89 $17.89
3 lb $16.89 $23.89
4 lb $23.89 $35.89
5 lb $28.89 $39.89
10 lb $33.89 $44.89
15 lb $48.89 $59.89
20 lb $54.89 $72.89

Click here to learn more about Flat Export Rate


Excited to try a hybrid? When you’re getting a quote or creating shipments on Easyship, keep your eye out for the Aramex, SF Express, and SkyPostal solutions.

When you choose them and create your labels, you’ll see this note when you’re choosing your pickup or drop-off options:

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Conclusion

Our hybrid solutions are best value for money - the perfect choice between fast but pricey express couriers, and cheap but slow postal couriers.

Get the best of both worlds by being able to utilize your local postal service for the first-mile delivery, and using a trusted express courier to your shipping destination for the last-mile.