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Do They Deliver?

Chained to your overnight delivery service? Maybe you should play the field.

This story appears in the June 1998 issue of

When it comes to overnight deliveries, big companies tend to put aside thriftiness and restraint. Spending $15 to send a not-so-urgent document is simply considered a cost of doing business. Small firms, however, can't blindly use this luxury, especially since overnight prices have gone up over the past few years. In fact, UPS and FedEx instituted another set of price increases in February (with Airborne Express following suit a month later), boosting prices an average of 3 percent to 4 percent.

The good news is, you can do more than just fork over another chunk of your hard-earned money. There are several simple, practical steps you can take to hold down delivery costs:

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