USPS offers a variety of shipping services for those with a package to ship to another state within the USA. They have thousands of Post Offices available for you to drop off your package and by booking online before you post a package you can enjoy discounted prices. USPS Parcel Select is no different, shipping your package via ground to almost anywhere in the US, for a lower price than express shipping costs.
What is USPS Parcel Select?
If you have a large or heavy package to ship in the US, then the USPS Parcel Select service is a great choice. It is an economy service shipped via ground in order to keep the price down and is perfect for nonurgent items such as auto parts that have been sold online. It is the Post Offices economical ground delivery service for larger packages and was designed for and generally used by large- and medium-sized parcel shippers. However, as Parcel Monkey connects courier partners with consumers, individuals can make the most of the cost savings by booking with us.
Delivery takes between 2 and 8 working days and is not guaranteed but it does come with full tracking so that you can see when the USPS has delivered the package. Shipping times to Alaska and Hawaii can take significantly longer.
It is suitable for heavy packages, as you can ship items that weigh up 68lbs when you book via Parcel Monkey and you can also add protection cover if the contents are expensive. It is a drop off service, so you will need to book online and then drop off at a time that suits you at any USPS Post Office.
How does USPS Parcel Select ground shipping work?
For Parcel Monkey customers, you can access discounted USPS Parcel Select Ground prices by booking online through our shipping calculator. In fact, Parcel Select is only available to book online, so you will need to have a printer at home to print off the shipping labels before attaching them to the package and dropping at your local USPS Post Office. The package will be scanned in at the Post Office, collected by the courier to be sorted and sent on using Ground shipping to the recipient. Even for domestic packages, when you book you should supply a contact number of the recipient in case the courier needs to call them.
USPS Parcel Select Tracking
You can also share the tracking details with the recipient so they too can monitor when the package is going to be delivered to them, making USPS Parcel Select a suitable service for those who sell items online. Deliveries are made Monday to Friday before 5 pm by a USPS courier. Mailers are responsible for transporting their Parcel Select pieces to a central location, like the local Post Office rather than having the package picked up from the doorstep. We do offer Pickup courier services if dropping at the Post Office is not practical.
Benefits of USPS Parcel Select
- Reliability- often used by other private parcel companies to complete delivery of the “last mile” for their shipments especially for rural addresses as the Postal Service offers delivery to every door for a great price.
- Extensive reach - the Post Office is hugely popular for its core capabilities, such as long-distance transportation and allows you to move heavy packages to almost any location.
- Competitive pricing - Parcel Select Ground is one of the least expensive - but slowest - USPS services offered. It is a ground delivery service at very low rates for large or heavy packages as sometimes the timeliness of that delivery is less important than price.
- Flexible for those with bigger boxes to post - an economical choice for large or heavy packages and is the only USPS service that can be used for packages over 108" in girth
USPS recommend using this service for larger packages as for smaller packages, Priority Mail can be a cheaper option and typically provides better service levels including a quicker delivery.