Real Times Rates - Now with Multiple Destinations!

Zach Lukaszek, co-Founder of Ships-A-Lot

Zach Lukaszek is a former PhD student turned entrepreneur who enjoys writing about eCommerce, business, and programming.


bird@shipsalot.com

Zach Lukaszek, co-Founder of Ships-A-Lot

Zach Lukaszek is a former PhD student turned entrepreneur who enjoys writing about eCommerce, business, and programming.


bird@shipsalot.com

Real Times Rates - Now with Multiple Destinations!

Motivation

A few months back, I added a feature to the site that would allow anyone to interactively query the USPS for real-time shipping rates! Today, we are announcing a pretty significant expansion of the rate estimator! Instead of calculating the postage required for a single destination, you can now do so for every US state!

Check the page out here!


How It Works

Enter where you'll be sending the package from and its dimensions and weight.

Here, I've elected to send a package from my own ZIP5 code. I am sending a package that qualifies for first-class (the rate estimator will automatically select the cheapest shipping method). Once I have the fields populated, I click `Get Rate` and the table will begin to generate, shown below.

I will get a row for every US state, containing: the name of the state, the sample ZIP5 code used, the retail rate available to you through the USPS, and the discounted rate available to us and our clients.

Exciting Applications

I know we are going to get a lot of in-house application of this tool: leads are pretty much constantly asking for this exact information. I have also noticed that almost every crowdfunding campaign we have worked alongside has failed dramatically to correctly price their shipping options. This tool elegantly removes all of the guesswork from that process!

This also has a very broad-spectrum application in eCommerce, since it allows a business to immediately determine their worst-case scenario for domestic shipping on a given product. Most similar tools are either dynamic map based (see Endicia) or completely static (our previous iteration). This one will allow you to understand costs across the entirety of the United States with one click!


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