Which Shipping Carrier Should I Choose?

Learn the basic differences between the three major shipping carriers
truck and airplanes carrying mail

One of the questions we get asked the most is, “Which shipping carrier should I choose?” It’s a fair question, and to be honest, not many people know the differences between the carriers! There are three major carriers in the United States: USPS, UPS, and FedEx. Deciding which shipping carrier you should choose all comes down to what you need accomplished. So, we’ve given a quick run-down of each carrier below to help you choose the option that makes the most sense for you.


USPS is the only shipping carrier legally authorized to deliver mail to every residential address in the United States. If you need to send a letter or those “thank you” cards you’ve been putting off, it’ll be with USPS.

That being said, USPS is also the most attractive shipping carrier for small packages under 20 pounds. By using online shipping software solutions, small businesses can take advantage of discounted USPS shipping rates. Another great perk of choosing USPS is the ability to ship Priority Mail Cubic, a “secret” mail class perfect for sending parcels like subscription boxes. For eCommerce businesses shipping out a lot of packages, USPS is absolutely the way to go.

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Plain and simple, UPS is generally best for shipping larger, heavier packages. They allow customers to ship packages weighing up to 150 pounds each, and offer the most competitive rates for larger items. So, if you ever need to ship a large or heavy item, it may make the most sense to go with UPS.


FedEx is widely used for overnight shipping. Their rates tend to be slightly higher than UPS and much higher than USPS. However, if you’re in a pinch to get something delivered overnight, FedEx will be your best bet. Most of their locations also offer printing and other digital services, which is nifty if you ever find yourself needing to print or scan documents.

Learn more about the Basics of Shipping for Small Businesses.

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