Stamps.com report: USPS leads competition on speed and reliability
In a recent study commissioned and conducted by Stamps.com, a USPS-approved PC Postage Provider, USPS emerged as the “clear leader” in long-distance shipping, outperforming UPS and FedEx.
To compare the carriers, Stamps.com shipped nearly 150 packages from Los Angeles, Chicago and a location in Virginia to various parts of the country to measure how each carrier fared in reliability, delivery time and cost for short-, medium- and long-distance shipping. All packages were identical in size and shape — a 12” x 9” x 3” brown box weighing 1 lb. 9 oz.
Shipping took place on Monday, to compare carriers during the work week; and Thursday, to incorporate weekend delivery.
USPS delivery times were fastest for packages shipped on either day. For packages shipped on Monday, 100 percent of USPS Priority Mail packages were delivered within 2 days, compared with only 50 percent of UPS and 58 percent of the FedEx packages.
As for packages shipped on Thursday, 92 percent of the Priority Mail packages were delivered within 2 days, compared to only 33 percent of UPS and 55 percent of FedEx packages.