In an effort to attract more business from small-to-medium-sized ecommerce shippers as the holidays loom, UPS and FedEx continue to expand their competitive offerings in flat-rate shipping, offering more options, customization and economy.

Such programs aren’t as economically attractive to large enterprise shippers, who can leverage their shipping heft to extract volume-based discounts.

UPS is the late comer to the flat-rate shipping game, rolling out its Simple Rate offering in September and formally announcing it this month. SMBs can use it to ship packages up to 50 lbs. by UPS 2nd Day Air, 3-Day Select or UPS Ground to anywhere in the U.S. for a flat rate. It offers larger packages and five rate options, and customers don’t have to enter package weight or dimensions or look up shipping zones.

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