USPS vs DHL vs FedEx vs UPS

USPS:

Advantages:

Low cost:

The United States Postal Service is one of the least expensive shipping and mailing service but they do not have the guaranteed speed of delivery that the more expensive options have.

Service Variety:

You can buy stamp, track mail, send greeting cards, and find many other mail related services on their website.

Reliability:

They may not give you an exact mail delivery date, but they have existed for over 200 years, and deliver six day a week. They know how to deliver a package.

Disadvantages:

Non-Guaranteed Timely Delivery:

They will give you insured mail, priority mail, and many other options but they will not give you a guaranteed delivery date such as UPS and FedEx next day shipping.

Expensive Insurance Costs:

Insurance costs on mail delivery and package delivery are expensive, and claims can take several weeks.

Weak Tracking Information:

The tracking information only works for packages that are delivered and not packages that are in transit.

Overview:

The United States Postal Service (USPS) is an independent agency of the United States government responsible for providing postal service in the United States. It is also known as the Post Office and U.S. Mail. It is one of the few government agencies explicitly authorized by the United States Constitution. USPS was founded in 1775 and is by far the oldest of the four major shipping carriers in the United States.

USPS is a major company in United States employing over 574,000 workers and operating over 260,000 vehicles. USPS owns the largest operating vehicle fleet in the world. The USPS is legally obligated to serve all Americans, regardless of geography, at uniform price and quality. The USPS has exclusive access to letter boxes marked “U.S. Mail” and personal letterboxes in the United States, but still competes against private package delivery services, such as UPS, DHL, and FedEx.

USPS has not directly received taxpayer-dollars since the early 1980s with a few minor exceptions. USPS has struggled severely over the past five to six years due to the recession and has been looking extensively to find other ways to receive funding.

Bottom Line:

A great low cost service for mail and smaller packages. I would recommend them for small packages or mail, and deliveries that do not need a specific date. However for specific delivery dates and larger packages I would not recommend using USPS.

DHL:

International Presence:

DHL has a massive international presence with locations in 220 countries covers 120,000 destinations worldwide.

Air Delivery:

DHL operates hundreds of flights worldwide and can air deliver packages.

Sea Delivery:

DHL has been shipping overseas since its origin in 1969.

Disadvantages:

Weak US Presence:

DHL has a weak US presence compared to the other major carriers USPS, Fedex, UPS.

Extra Costs:

DHL seems to have extra delivery costs associated with pickup and other surcharges that the other carriers do not have.

Overview:

DHL Express is a division of the German logistics company Deutsche Post DHL providing international express mail services. Deutsche Post is the world’s largest logistics company operating around the world. DHL is a world market leader in sea and air mail.

Originally founded in 1969 to deliver documents between San Francisco and Honolulu, the company expanded its service throughout the world by the late 1970s. The company was primarily interested in offshore and inter-continental deliveries, but the success of FedEx prompted their own intra-U.S. expansion starting in 1983.

In 1998, Deutsche Post began to acquire shares in DHL. It finally reached majority ownership in 2001, and completed the purchase in 2002. Deutsche Post then effectively absorbed DHL into its Express division, while expanding the use of the DHL brand to other Deutsche Post divisions, business units and subsidiaries. Today, DHL Express shares its well-known DHL brand with other Deutsche Post business units, such as DHL Global Forwarding and DHL Supply Chain.

Bottom Line:

DHL is a great option for international shipping, however for local shipping you may want to choose one of the other major carriers.

Fedex:

Advantages:

Most Environmentally friendly:

Fedex has the highest percentage of environmentally friendly vehicles among the major carriers.

Timely Shipping:

Fedex has timely shipping with overnight, two day, and fedex saver options.


Disadvantages:

Not Many Services:

They do not have as many services and options as USPS and UPS such as buying stamps off the website.

Smaller Fleets than UPS and USPS:

FedEx does not have the massive transportation fleets that USPS and UPS have accumulated over the years.

Overview:

FedEx Corporation, originally known as FDX Corporation, is an American global courier delivery Services Company headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee. The name “FedEx” is an abbreviation of the company’s original air division, Federal Express, which was used from 1973 until 2000.

FedEx Corporation is a Delaware corporation, incorporated October 2, 1997. FDX Corporation was founded in January 1998 with the acquisition of Caliber System Inc. by Federal Express. In January 2000, FDX Corporation changed its name to FedEx Corporation and re-branded all of its subsidiaries. Federal Express became FedEx Express, RPS became FedEx Ground, Roberts Express became FedEx Custom Critical, and Caliber Logistics and Caliber Technology were combined to make up FedEx Global Logistics.

FedEx Corporation has 300,000 employees and is an S&P 500 component. FedEx Corporation revenue surpassed 40 billion dollars in 2012 and has operating income of over 3 billion.

Bottom Line:

A great choice for medium size packages that need timely shipping options. For bigger packages UPS may be the best option and for packages that do not need timely delivery, you may want to try and save money with USPS.

UPS

Advantages:

Pickup:

UPS will pick up packages from you, whereas USPS will not.

Speed of Delivery:

You can have items picked up for you and delivered within the same day under certain parameters, now that’s fast.

Work from Home:

Many of UPS Services can be provided through their website, and is a great choice if you work from home or do not want to travel to do any shipping or packaging.

Disadvantages:

Pricey:

UPS can be pricey, especially for their express and overnight services and some of their packaging can be expensive as well.

Overview:

United Parcel Service, Inc. (NYSE: UPS), typically referred to by the acronym UPS, is an American global package delivery company headquartered in Sandy Springs, Georgia, United States. It delivers more than 15 million packages a day to 6.1 million customers in more than 220 countries and territories around the world.

UPS started in 1907 and has grown to become one of the largest companies in the world. It now generates annual revenues of over 50 billion with operating income of 3 billion and employs nearly 400,000 people worldwide.

UPS is well known for its brown trucks, internally known as package cars (hence the company nickname “Brown”). UPS also operates its own airline (IATA: 5X, ICAO: UPS, Call sign: UPS) based in Louisville, Kentucky.

Bottom Line:


An ideal choice if you are trying to save time and want a pickup for fast delivery time and larger packages. If you are looking to save money, this might not be the best choice for you.

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