As reported by Consumer Reports over the past week, the US Postal Service is leading the pack as a parcel shipping service, beating out the likes of UPS and FedEx. The study rated the best shipping value for customers amongst the three providers, and other factors, such as shipping valuable items, damage to the item and timely delivery.

To find the best deal, shopping expert Tod Marks checked out rates for USPS, FedEx and UPS. “We compared the basic price to ship a 3 lb. package like this from our New York headquarters to Plano, Texas. We shipped it three ways: standard overnight, second day and ground shipment,” Marks said.

In the study, Consumer Reports used the US Postal Service, UPS and FedEx to ship 3-pound packages from New York to Texas. The packages were sent using each shipper’s standard overnight, second-day and ground shipment services.
The results were conclusive – The USPS showed the greatest value as a parcel shipper. For example, the Postal Service’s rate for second-day delivery was about $12. FedEx and UPS charged more than $60 each.

The report also centered on the most common complaint from customers – High fees. While competitors recently announced price increases, the Postal Service has lowered some Priority Mail prices for businesses and frequent shippers.

In a USPS Press Release, Nagisa Manabe, Chief Marketing and Sales Officer for the UPS said:  “The Postal Service is a vital business partner for small and large businesses. Lowering shipping prices will save them money and improve their bottom line,”