How Carrier Integrations & Support Drive Shipping Success
by Jake Lafleur
Deliveries have become synonymous with our everyday life. From ordering groceries to sending gifts, we've come to rely on a variety of services that guarantee a timely and safe transport of goods. While a package's journey from the warehouse to your front step may seem like a simple task on the surface, the process can be a nightmare for companies.
A focus on deliveries will only continue to increase. Take for example, in 2019, over 100 billion parcels were shipped worldwide — that's about 3,000 parcels per second. That number is forecasted to more than double by 2026. With this increasingly high volume and the number of variables at play to deliver a package, companies without the right tools and resources will be ill-equipped for success.
For many companies, one of the biggest variables - and one that ultimately causes the most headaches - is shipping rates, postage and labels. That's where we come in. At EasyPost, our proprietary shipping API helps customers alleviate the innate complexities associated with shipping by streamlining, automating and gaining end-to-end control of this shipping process.
Through our deep relationships with global and national carriers such as FedEx, UPS, USPS and others, our clients don't have to worry about most of the technical pieces that come with shipping. After creating an account with us, we maintain the relationships and compliance with the carriers so you can ship without worries. When our customers face an issue, they take comfort in knowing that they don't need to point their fingers in multiple directions to find a solution. EasyPost deals directly with carriers to ensure logistics complications are handled as quickly as possible.
Our partnership with FedEx provides a great glimpse into how we operate. They initially approached us to assist with their client 1-800 Flowers. Given the volume of shipments of this billion-dollar company, 1-800 Flowers could potentially slow down or freeze FedEx's server. Our goal was to optimize shipping speed for this high volume client by reducing the time needed to print shipping labels.
Consider this: enterprise level companies, like 1-800 Flowers, ship upwards of 10,000 packages in a day. Each label can take 1-3 seconds to print. Our partnership cuts printing time by more than half — saving our clients hours per day. In addition to speeding up day-to-day operations, our 99.99% server uptime ensures clients don't fall behind. Put simply, a company that prints 150 labels a minute would fall 1,500 packages behind if their system went down for just 10 minutes. With EasyPost, you can be sure your company won't miss a beat.
By creating an account with us, FedEx is now able to offload a portion of their operations to our server to increase efficiency. Also, 1-800 Flowers can continue to print labels and ship even if the FedEx server experiences temporary downtime.
While we help support numerous brand-name companies, no matter the volume of your needs, EasyPost can provide solutions for your shipping portfolio. Our robust delivery network can deliver unparalleled service and flexibility across any and all of your locations. We take a consultative approach to each client and provide the best system that works for you. Take your shipping to the next level today with EasyPost.