Key Points:

  • You can access discounted UPS® shipping rates through Easyship when you sign up for a free account
  • UPS offers multiple domestic and international shipping options that can fit any eCommerce business's needs
  • UPS also offers many other value-added services to cater to your special needs while handling your shipments like pickup and delivery, tracking, delivery notifications, and more

UPS® (United Parcel Service) is one of the oldest and most well-renowned courier services worldwide. It was founded in 1907 and is considered a trailblazer in courier, logistics, and freight forwarding services.

If you're running an eCommerce business, you may be interested in offering UPS as a courier option to your customers. After all, it's a reliable company that can deliver to 220 countries and territories around the world - ensuring you can get your product anywhere.

The good news is that:
1) You can access discounted UPS shipping rates through Easyship when you sign up for a free account! 😉
2) UPS offers a multitude of delivery services based on your delivery timeframe and budget.

However, with the vast amount of services, it can be overwhelming when it comes to figuring out which UPS shipping options are best for your business.

In this post, we will provide you with general information and some insights on UPS' major domestic, international, and other value-added services, so that you can easily compare and decide what suits you and your customers best!

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Breaking Down UPS Shipping Services in the US

Here are the UPS shipping options that eCommerce sellers might be interested in using, starting from the most urgent:

  • UPS Express Critical®: This service is meant for urgent and emergency shipping, and it's available 24/7/365. Your destination will automatically determine the best route for your shipment and place it on the best available flight. Besides air freight, it can also utilize other transportation methods such as surface or hand-carry. Since this service delivers quickly in a short time frame, it's very possible that it will be one of the most expensive services.
  • UPS Next Day Air®: This shipping option guarantees next business day delivery. With this offering, UPS aims at providing you with a time-definitive service (on-time delivery) and including free packaging for your convenience.
  • UPS Next Day Air® can be further divided into 2 sub-categories: Early and Saver. Early guarantees next-day delivery as early as 8 am across the US, and Saver guarantees afternoon delivery, until 4:30 pm. If you're someone who cannot compromise with delivery times, this UPS service could be the best option for you.
  • UPS® 2nd Day: Within this shipping service leg, UPS offers UPS 2nd Day Air and UPS 2nd Day Air AM. Both are economical options, with the former being applicable for shipments that do not need an overnight service and the latter being suitable for time-sensitive situations wherein delivery is expected by 10:30 am or by 12 noon (latest). Free packaging also complements both these offerings.
  • UPS® 3rd Day Select: This shipping option is the most appropriate for less time-sensitive deliveries. Delivery is guaranteed to be made by the end of the third business day.
  • UPS® Ground: This is the most economical choice for routine shipments - deliveries to which customers do not attach a time value. Depending on 'where to where you plan on shipping, this UPS Ground can take 1-5 days. It's best to forgo this option if you think your customers are even slightly time-sensitive, to avoid disappointing them with late deliveries.

UPS delivery times

UPS International Shipping Options:

UPS's international shipping services are as accurately timed as the domestic ones. The international services umbrella covers many different service options:

  • UPS Express Critical®: Worldwide shipping guaranteed 24/7/365 days year-round! Your delivery specifications will be prioritized and specially taken care of by UPS.
  • UPS Worldwide Express®: This service is definitely less time-sensitive than UPS Express Critical. It is a broad service, with 5 sub-categories, which usually differ from each other in terms of the number of countries they can allow shipping to and/or receiving shipments from. Most of them provide time-definitiveness, money-back guarantees, and in-house customs clearance. 4 sub-categories ensure both export and import of shipments with 1-3 days of delivery commitment, except UPS Worldwide Express NA1, Import Only and ensures next-day delivery.
  • UPS Worldwide Saver®: Guarantees delivery in 1-3 days, door-to-door, and end of the daily deliveries.
  • UPS Worldwide Expedited®: This makes sure that deliveries are fast and flexible for less urgent, small-package shipments. Your customers can expect their deliveries to reach them between 2-3+ days.
  • UPS® Standard: These are the bottom-of-the-pyramid deliveries in terms of urgency. Delivery commitment is 3+ days.

To see the delivery details in terms of time frame (days) and UPS overnight rates, please refer to the following table:

Other Value Added Shipping Services:

UPS also offers many other value-added services to cater to your special needs while handling your shipments. These include:

  • Pickup and delivery services
  • Tracking solutions
  • Delivery Notifications
  • Shipment / Clearance consolidation
  • Declared value
  • Payment Collection
  • Imports
  • Returns

Why Choose UPS Over Other Couriers?

UPS is one of the oldest and most experienced courier service providers in the US. DHL has stopped its domestic shipping within the US, so UPS seems to have an edge over that area as well. FedEx seems to be the only other formidable competitor for UPS!

UPS's growth and future outlook:

UPS has been evolving and progressing with time and the demands of its customers. Recent growth metrics and initiatives by UPS are:

  • Recently, they spread out their express services to 14 more countries. New postal codes were also added to 65 countries, which already existed in their global coverage portfolio. They made sure to improve shipment time in transit in 24 countries, globally.
  • UPS started a creative and interactive Wish Service, where you get to fulfill one of your customer wishes, after shipping with them.
  • International Brotherhood of Teamsters' freight agreement with UPS, will make sure to reward UPS employees who have contributed to measurable growth of the company.

How Easyship Partners with UPS

We are happy to work together with UPS to offer small and medium businesses competitive rates that meet customer demand.

We offer UPS services from the following origin destinations: the United States, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Australia.

Depending on your origin destination, you can expect to see services such as Expedited, Worldwide Saver, Express, Export Express Saver, Flat Rate, and Ground.

Our thoughts on UPS are that it is a versatile courier service, with many shipping options, giving its customers lots of flexibility in choosing between their services. eCommerce businesses of all sizes can benefit from their service offerings.

Interested in using UPS® at discounted rates? Sign up for a free Easyship account and start shipping today!