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FedEx and UPS?


I have been currently using FedEx solely for my larger packages. We use USPS for the smaller ones. My boss wants to not use USPS and add UPS. (I've had mystery charges with UPS in the past, that's why I'm not using them) So my question is, is it cost effective to use  FedEx and UPS together rather than just one? I know that the rates are better the more you ship with a single company. I know we will lose money dropping USPS. .. Foe reference, we shipped 1185 pieces in the last 30 days. 


Community Manager
Community Manager

Hello @JKing,. 


Thanks for your question and for being a part of the community. 


I cannot comment on the cost effectiveness of using both in carriers in combination over time, but it can be beneficial to have more service options and price points available.  However, I think that there are also benefits to using one carrier as well as far as potential rate discounts if you are doing high volume shipping.


Since it might be helpful for you to get some opinions from other Shippers, I have tagged our super users @eric-siversen and @masonfabian  for another perspective. Can you guys share your insights and personal experience when it comes to using multiple carriers? 


-Erin: Your Friendly ShipStation Community Manager 


Super User
Super User



I use all 3 carriers, and each for different reasons. For me its about pricing and quality of service. UPS has a small package program (under 1 lb) UPS mail innovations which is great to save money on smaller packages - it is USPS who delivers the last mile. So transit adds a day or 2 in lieu of UPS ground.

So if you are using all UPS products it will all count toward your yearly spend, for rate negotiations.

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