Monday, January 3, 2011

Shipping Time and Cost

Shipping frozen breastmilk can be expensive, but it doesn't have to be depending on how far it will be traveling.



When I have shipped in the past, I've used the UPS website to get a rough idea of how much it might cost.



1 - Go to http://www.ups.com/



2 - On the left menu, click "Calculate time and cost"



3 - Enter the estimated weight of the package and the zip codes of where the milk will be shipped from, and shipped to. You will be given multiple shipping options and price quotes for everything from ground shipping to overnight.

To find out how long ground shipping will take, there is a line in the box that says "Days In Transit:". Depending on how far the milk will be traveling, ground shipping could take as little as 1-2 days, and is therefore extremely economical.



Estimating Shipping Weight

1 fl oz of breastmilk weighs just about an ounce, so it's safe to assume that 160oz of frozen milk will be about 10lbs in weight - plus the weight of the cooler. With that information, you can make a general estimate of how much the whole shipment will weigh.

For example, one of the most recent shipments of milk that came for my son was about 1100oz. The weight of the package was 75lbs. 1100oz divided by 16 is 68.75 lbs, so the cooler was probably in the neighborhood of 6 lbs.


*** I will be weighing some of my coolers in the next couple of days to give you an idea of how much they weigh - bear with me!***

9 comments:

  1. This may help you and others in the future as well: http://surromomsonline.com/support/showthread.php?t=121893

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  2. What cooler did you use for the 1100oz shipment? I have a mom who is going to send me the same amount but I have no idea which cooler to send her... Thanks!

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  3. Hi Collin!

    This is the cooler that we used: http://www.mrboxonline.com/24x18x21-jumbo-styrofoam-coolers-p-4887.html

    It held 1300oz with room to spare.

    Please make sure that it ships 2 days or less, and make sure that the milk is not packed so tight that it puts stress on the styrofoam! You do not want the cooler to crack!

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    1. Pitt he cooler inside a box. That way you can pack the cooler tight.

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    2. Pitt he cooler inside a box. That way you can pack the cooler tight.

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  6. Looking to ship milk with dry ice and long distance using ground shipping, will that last? Overnight and two is way too much to pay. How long will the dry ice keep milk frozen. Shipping in lrg quantities. Thanks for any insight!

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