Who doesn’t love cookies? The correct answer is nobody. Thanks to the advent of eCommerce, expert bakers have been able to turn baking into businesses by shipping their products to cookie lovers all around the world. If you’re looking to ship cookies or baked goods, here’s a couple tips to help you save the most money.
USPS First Class Package Is the Cheapest Way to Ship a Package of Cookies Under 1 Pound
If your package of cookies weighs under 1 lb (16 oz), then USPS First Class Package Service will hands down be your cheapest option to ship them. This service features quick delivery between 1 and 3 business days, and only costs $3 to $4 per package depending on where you’re shipping to!
Don’t Forget to Buy Insurance
The only thing about First Class Package is that it doesn’t come with any built-in USPS insurance. So, we always suggest purchasing additional shipping insurance with this particular service. Insurance will cover you in the event that your package gets lost in transit, or if your items arrive damaged (or spoiled). It only costs a couple of bucks on top of the postage price anyway, so it’s absolutely worth it.
For Cookies and Baked Goods Over 1 Pound, Priority Mail Cubic is the Best Option
If the total weight of your package exceeds 1 pound (that’s a lot of cookies!), then the cheapest option is USPS Priority Mail Cubic. Similar to First Class Package and other Priority Mail services, delivery occurs between 1-3 business days. In addition, Priority Mail Cubic comes with $100 of built-in insurance.
The cool thing about Priority Mail Cubic is that its prices are based on your package’s outer dimensions, and not its total weight. That means that you can load your boxes up with as many cookies and baked goods as you can fit to maximize your margins! As long as it doesn’t exceed 20 pounds the total volume stays under 0.5 cubic feet, the price won’t change.
Pro Tip: Priority Mail Cubic rewards smaller packages with higher levels of savings. So, the smaller your packaging is, the more money you’ll keep in your pocket!
To Retain the Most Freshness, Use Priority Mail Express
This goes without saying, but getting your package to your recipient the fastest way possible is the best way to ensure your cookies and baked goods keep their freshness. USPS Priority Mail Express is the Postal Service’s fastest shipping service, with overnight delivery to most urban destinations, and 2-day delivery to and from rural locations. It’s much more expensive than Priority Mail Cubic (or regular Priority Mail, for that matter), but it’ll get your goods to your recipients much faster. Plus, if your package arrives after the guaranteed delivery time, it’s super easy to get a full refund for the cost of your postage!
Maximize Savings on USPS Postage With Free Shipping Software
Whether you’re using First Class Package or Priority Mail Cubic to ship your cookies, you will save the most money when you use free shipping software to buy USPS postage online. The best shipping software companies offer the deepest level of USPS discounts available, known as Commercial Pricing. In some cases, Commercial Pricing rates can be up to 90% off what you’d pay at the Post Office!
Speaking of the Post Office: the best part about using USPS shipping software is the ability to buy and print your postage at home. Most shipping software solutions even let you schedule free USPS pickups when your letter carrier comes to deliver your mail. You’ll never have to visit the Post Office again!
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