Choose the right shipping carrier with Pitney Bowes
What is a shipping carrier?
A shipping carrier/shipping company is responsible for getting your packages from Point A (the shipper) to Point B (your customers). Nowadays, shipping companies are increasingly essential to helping businesses like yours deliver products to customers, and to meet rising expectations for rapid deliveries and best rates – whether it’s overnight, overseas or over the lunch hour. While some shipping companies focus on local deliveries, others specialize in regional service, international shipping, or all of the above.
Pitney Bowes SendTech partners with leading carriers, including Canada Post, UPS, Purolator or FedEx, among others, to cover all your shipping needs.
Major national and international carriers to ship with
How to Choose a Shipping Carrier: Important Factors to Consider
What is the best shipping carrier?
Perhaps you should ask “What is the best shipping carrier for me?” By applying the factors listed above (i.e., Price, Discount options, Speed of delivery, Tracking visibility, Delivery options (home, locker, carrier store, Return options (drop box, home, carrier store), Shipping insurance, Geographic reach, etc.), you’ll likely arrive at the carrier (or carriers) that are best suited for your specific business needs.
What is the most trusted delivery service?
Reliability is essential to shipping. Some objective measures include on-time delivery and customer service. Of course, your own experience is important. Which shipping company has previously come through for you? You might just want to stick with what works for you. Employing a multi-carrier shipping strategy helps you find the right delivery options for all of your sending requirements.
What is the difference between courier and carrier?
Couriers typically work with smaller shipments; carriers often move large packages all at once. In general, couriers provide door-to-door service; carriers typically do not. UPS or FedEx, for instance is both a courier and a carrier because it does a wide variety of services.
How do shipping carriers conduct international shipping?
Global carriers take different steps to get packages across international borders and to their destination. When the package arrives in another country, Canada Post, for example, may hand a package off to that country’s postal service for delivery.
UPS and FedEx, on the other hand, operate their own international logistics networks to make deliveries in other countries. The in-house approach helps carriers move packages faster and track deliveries more closely, but also can be more expensive.
What is ‘Ground Shipping’?
Ground shipping refers to any shipping that involves goods being transported via roads or rails. When shipping domestically, ground shipping is typically the most cost-effective and convenient method of delivering your shipment. Our shipping software PitneyShip® provides a complete list of options for your shipping requirements, including ground shipping.