How To Ship Pies From Your Homebased Business
If Your Pies Are Talked About, Raved About And Eaten To The Last Crumb, You Should Be Shipping Them!
Thanksgiving and Christmas are not the only times of the year for you to learn how to ship pies; so let’s help the whole world enjoy them!
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Why Should You Learn How To Ship Pies?
There are more than one way to make pies, but there is only one BEST way to ship them!
A massive amount of people will be spending the holidays away from their families due to rising inflation, which means a good majority of those famous in-person feasts won’t be happening.
In times like these, it’s important to stay connected to loved ones…and we thought a great way to do that would be sending a pie (French apple, anybody?).
In that spirit, this guide is all about how to ship your pies for cheap, and how to package them properly so things don’t get messy.
What Shipping Service Should You Use To Ship Your Pies For the Lowest Rates?
If you’re looking for the carrier that will offer you the best rates, look no further than the US Postal Service.
The Postal Service’s bread and butter is handling smaller, lightweight packages, exactly like individual pie shipments.
Simply put, USPS offers the best mix of affordable rates and quick delivery, making it the go-to shipping carrier for most situations!
For context, UPS offers the best rates for emergency deliveries, or large, oversized shipments too heavy for USPS.
FedEx, on the other hand, specializes in niche shipments such as frozen food, and business deliveries.
What Is The Cheapest Option To Ship Pies?
If you’re looking to keep the most money in your pocket, then you’ll want to use the specially-discounted service USPS Priority Mail Cubic to send your pies.
Unlike other services, Priority Mail Cubic rates are based on your package’s outer dimensions, and not the total weight.
The smaller your box is, the cheaper it will be to send!
Most pie shipments will fall into this category, and depending on where you’re sending it to, it’ll probably only cost anywhere from $9-$15 to ship it!
Like all other Priority Mail service, delivery typically occurs within 1-3 business days.
That said, USPS is seeing delays across the board due to surging volume.
So, Priority Mail might take between 2-5 business days instead of the typical 1-3 day timeframe.
Pro Tip: You’ll never find Priority Mail Cubic at your local Post Office. You can only access these special rates with online shipping software…which we’ll get to in a minute.
What Is The Fastest Option To Ship Your Pies!
Sometimes pies need to make it to the destination as quick as possible in order to keep the contents from going bad.
If this is the case for you, then your best bet is to ship your pie with USPS Priority Mail Express.
Priority Mail Express is the quickest service that USPS offers, with overnight delivery for most urban destinations, and 2-day delivery for some rural areas.
The only thing is, since Priority Mail Express is the fastest USPS service, it’s also the most expensive service.
That said, USPS will refund 100% of the cost of postage if your package doesn’t get delivered by their guaranteed timeframe!
In our opinion, that guarantee makes it worth it…especially if you’re sending a pie that need to make it to its final destination by a certain timeframe.
How To Properly Package Your Pie For Shipment?
While pies aren’t fragile like glass or ceramic items, they can easily be ruined during transit.
That’s why using the right kind of packaging to protect these types of shipments from any damage is especially important.
I recommend putting your pie inside of a pie box, and then putting that case inside of a larger, corrugated cardboard box.
Think of it like double protection.
Then, around the smaller pie box, we recommend using packing material such as bubble wrap or air pillows to keep the inner box from moving around at all.
The more protection you can use to keep the smaller pie box from moving, the better!
Pro Tip: If you’re in the market for some pie boxes and packing material, check out the ULINE website. You can also order your larger, secondary cardboard boxes through ULINE, as well. If you’re trying to keep expenses low, check out the USPS website to order some free Priority Mail boxes that you can use as your secondary outer packaging.
How To Save The Most Money On Your Postage?
No matter which service you use to ship with USPS, you’re going to want to save all the money that you can on postage.
If you’re wondering how, we’ve got the answer for you in three words: online shipping software.
When you use online USPS shipping software, you can get access to the deepest level of discounts that USPS offers, known as Commercial Pricing.
Shipping software also gives you access to special services like Priority Mail Cubic, which we talked about a few paragraphs up.
Think of using shipping software like getting an exclusive invite to a secret dinner party, where pie is the main course! Imagine that.
The best part about using shipping software to buy postage online is that you don’t even have to leave your home if you don’t want to.
You can buy and print the labels right from your computer, and you can even schedule free pickups for your packages that your letter carrier makes happen at the time when they usually deliver your mail.
That means that you’ll not only save tons of money, but you’ll never have to go to the Post Office again!
There are many different online shipping software options out there, and some are definitely better than others.
Now, get busy baking your delicious pies, but wait until the winter holidays to start shipping.
By using these shipping tips, you can turn your home-kitchen into a fulltime, year-round bakery now that you know how to ship pies!
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