What Is Economy Ground Shipping?
If you shop online, you have likely seen retailers offering free or flat-free economy ground shipping. As the name implies, economy ground shipping is the most cost-efficient form of ground shipping available. Shipping rates vary, depending on the size of the package, the destination and the carrier you choose.
Ground Shipping Explained
“Ground” shipping means that the package is shipped using land transportation, such as trains or trucks, rather than airplanes. All shipping companies do not use the same terminology. Federal Express, United Parcel Service and the United States Postal Service each offer a ground shipping service. “Economy” ground shipping usually refers to the least expensive shipping option available.
The ground shipping method takes longer than air shipping. Economy ground shipping is best for customers who aren’t in a rush. When you use ground shipping, the package waits until a full truckload of goods is headed to your destination. USPS ground shipping, referred to as Parcel Post, takes approximately 2 to 8 days for delivery. FedEx guarantees delivery to every address in the U.S. within 1 to 5 business days. UPS ground deliveries can take up to 6 business days, depending on the distance from the destination.
Economy ground shipping is the cheapest ground shipping option you select. For example, UPS ground freight is a less expensive option than ground truck. Express ground mail ensures faster delivery, but is more expensive than economy ground shipping or standard ground shipping.
Size and Weight Limits
Ground shipping is less restrictive than air transport when it comes to the weight, size, quantity and type limitations. UPS is limited to packages that weigh 70 lbs or less. You can use FedEx Ground Shipping for packages up to 150 lbs, up 108 inches in length and up to 165 in length plus girth.