As we near the beginning of fall, the holidays are coming up just around the corner. Around that time of year, shippers always ask us what the best way to ship wreaths is with the US Postal Service. While the best way to ship anything is to typically access USPS discounts with shipping software, wreaths and other large, lightweight items are currently one of the few exceptions to the rule. Get ready to deck the halls and get into the nitty gritty details with us!
Shipping Software Isn’t Currently the Cheapest Way to Ship Wreaths
At this point in time, you’ll actually pay a higher rate when using shipping software to buy postage for packages containing wreaths. You read it here first, and yes, it’s true! This is a rare case of a strange loophole in USPS’ system. Right now, USPS isn’t charging any dimensional weight penalties for USPS Retail Ground! When you purchase Ground postage with shipping software, you’ll pay for a service called Parcel Select Ground, and you’ll be hit with heavy DIM charges.
We don’t how long this loophole will last, so for now, the best option to ship wreaths and other large, lightweight items is to visit the Post Office and just pay the Retail Rate. If that’s not a shipping cheat code for you, we’re not sure what is. Hopefully you won’t have to wait in line for too long!
This is an Exception, Not the Norm
Please note that this is a very, very rare exception to the rule. 99.9% of the time, it’s much cheaper to buy labels online with shipping software. Shipping software companies allow you to access the deepest level of USPS discounts possible—at least, the good ones do, anyway. These discounts are called USPS Commercial Pricing. The Postal Service typically reserves these savings for huge commercial shippers sending over 50,000 packages per year. However, some of the best shipping software companies pass those savings down to you for free!
Properly Packaging Wreaths
Wreaths aren’t exactly the most fragile items, but you also don’t want them to get crushed during transit. Therefore, it’s important to use a strong corrugated box instead of a large envelope or poly mailer. You can also protect the wreaths by using different kinds of packing material such as wrapping them in foam paper, and using air pillows to fill space inside the package.
Don’t Forget the Insurance
Keep in mind that USPS Retail Ground service doesn’t include any built-in shipping insurance. Therefore, we suggest paying a couple of extra bucks to add insurance onto your package. It’s always a good idea to protect your packages with shipping insurance, especially when they’ll be traveling USPS Retail Ground. Retail Ground packages tend to get damaged much more than packages in other USPS mail classes, since they’re right alongside heavier, bulky packages that move around a lot during transit.
Purchasing shipping insurance is 100% worth it to protect your packages against damages of any kind during transit. As we always like to say around here, “Protect yourself before you wreck yourself!”