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Shipping Zones: Our Guide to Shipping Costs & Transit Times

When it comes to shipping, the only two questions that matter are “How quickly will it get there?” and “How much will it cost?”. As you probably expected, the answer is “It depends”. Generally, the further a package travels, the longer it will take to be delivered and the more expensive it will be.

  • What are Shipping Zones?

    Shipping carriers break down the country by “shipping zones” based on the distance from the package’s origin. The zone and weight are the main drivers of the shipping rate. Each shipping zone has specific shipping rates for all shipments delivered to addresses within that zone.

Calculating Shipping Zones & Costs

Further complicating this already complex setup is that each carrier has different shipping zones and transit times, even for comparable services, meaning that calculating delivery time and costs can be a challenge. ShipMonk’s extensive background within the shipping industry enables us to provide elite-level service at superior rates from the world’s most reliable carriers via ShipMonk’s Virtual Carrier Network (VCN). The VCN is an advanced transportation management strategy that guarantees orders are delivered on time at the best possible rate. With the VCN, shipping zones are the exact same, and packages are delivered within the desired time frame regardless of the end carrier.

Utilize our Delivery Transit Time Maps below to see what the expected delivery days are by ShipMonk shipping method across the United States.

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Save Money with Multiple Fulfillment Centers & Drive Faster Shipments

Reducing the number of zones a package must “cross” is the best way to reduce fulfillment costs and transit times. Shipping from multiple fulfillment centers is a game-changer for your costs, delivery speeds, and customer satisfaction. ShipMonk’s eleven 1st party fulfillment centers (from the USA, to Mexico, Canada, and the UK) can split your inventory and automatically select the warehouse that gives you the quickest turn at the best price.

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