UPS Shares How to Ship Everything

UPS Shares How to Ship Everything
From handling perishable items to the best way to pack fragile items, we asked our shipping partner, UPS, to share their best shipping tips and tricks.
by Alise Bailey Nov 24, 2020 — 3 min read
UPS Shares How to Ship Everything

This article was written in collaboration with our partner UPS.

More businesses are transitioning online and looking for new ways to provide customers at home with the same experiences they get in-store. That means shipping items that might not have been shipped before, and expanding sales beyond the reach of a traditional brick-and-mortar business.

Once you’ve set up your online store and promoted your eCommerce offerings, you’ll need to send your products to customers. From handling perishable goods to the best way to pack fragile items, we asked our shipping partner, UPS, to share their best advice for shipping anything and everything. Here’s how to get started.

How to ship frozen food

If you’re shipping food that is frozen and needs to remain that way, dry ice can help keep temperatures stable. Dry ice requires special handling, so be sure to read up on requirements.

How to ship perishable food

If you’re shipping perishable foods like baked goods or produce, you’ll need to ensure that contents remain fresh. Similar to frozen food, perishable food will need to be kept at a controlled temperature, and should be properly sealed to avoid going stale.

How to ship alcohol

First things first: To ship alcohol, you’ll need to obtain a license at the federal and state level. Once you have the proper licensing, ensure you’re up to date with alcohol-specific shipping contracts and state-to-state shipping statues.

How to ship fragile items

To keep fragile items safe, you’ll need to take extra care when packing your shipment. Smaller eCommerce shipments are more likely to be rattled in transit, versus a larger wholesale shipment on a pallet from a manufacturer.

How to ship bulky items

From golf clubs to skis or art, you might find yourself needing to ship bulky items.

If you’re shipping irregular items that require temperature control or extra handling, shipping may cost more. You’ll need to determine if you plan to pay for shipping fees or pass the cost along to your customer. Either way, shipping costs should be factored into the total cost of your product.

UPS is here to help

Whatever you ship, how it arrives reflects directly on your brand, which ultimately affects your bottom line. Let UPS help with all your shipping needs this holiday season and beyond.

Through Square Online, you can buy and print UPS shipping labels, plus you have access to discounts on domestic and international shipping, including up to 48% off UPS® Ground shipments and up to 62% on daily rates for UPS 2nd Day Air® service on eligible packages. †

If you don’t have a UPS account, it’s easy to set one up. Simply go to your shipping settings in your online store and click “Create account” under the UPS logo.

Rates are limited to shipping from the continental U.S. only. These rates and discounts exclude shipment origins from Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Alaska. Rates and any applicable discounts are subject to change at any time without notice.

Alise Bailey
Alise Bailey is an editor at Square, where she writes about how to start, run, and grow a business, highlighting our sellers around the world.


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