FedEx Adds Flat-Rate Shipping

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -

FedEx Corp. announced a flat-rate shipping option on Monday aimed at individuals and small business that don’t ship very often, including mom-and-pop sellers on eBay.

The new “One Rate” option from the company’s FedEx Express air-shipping unit competes with the U.S. Postal Service’s Priority Mail Flat Rate.

Normally, FedEx charges based on a combination of weight and distance traveled. Surcharges for fuel and other items also complicate pricing, and weighing packages can complicate the shipping process for users who don’t do it very often.

FedEx said it will offer free boxes and envelopes in 12 different sizes. Customers will pay a flat rate for each package, based on where it’s going among three zones. The One Rate option is available for U.S. domestic shipments for overnight, 2-day and 3-day shipping.

FedEx has been piloting the program in several cities, rolled it out nationally last week, and announced it on Monday.