November 21, 2011 08:00 ET

Survey: 68 Percent of E-Commerce Sellers to Offer Free Shipping on More Products in 2011 Holiday Season

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - Nov 21, 2011) - Free shipping promotions have built tremendous momentum in just one year according to® (NASDAQ: STMP), the leading provider of USPS® postage online and shipping software to over 400,000 customers. In its second annual survey on e-commerce shipping practices, reports that 68 percent of e-commerce sellers are planning to offer free shipping on more products during the 2011 holiday season, up from 53 percent in last year's holiday season.

Further backing the free shipping surge, 54 percent of survey respondents plan to offer the promotion on more than 50 percent of their holiday catalog -- an 11 percent increase from last year's holiday season. In addition, free shipping has proven to increase profits with 52 percent of respondents reporting that their average revenue per order increases by $8 or more.

"Remaining competitive requires online sellers to be aggressive with free shipping," said President and CEO Ken McBride. "With, sellers have unparalleled access to the low-cost shipping services of the USPS, allowing them to offer robust free shipping promotions and grow sales."

Additional significant findings from survey respondents include:

  • 20 percent of e-commerce sellers are able to process and ship orders the same day during the holiday season, displaying a 5 percent decrease from non-holiday periods
  • 66 percent said the customer is 100 percent responsible for shipping costs on returns
  • 82 percent project that at least some of their holiday revenue will come from international purchases, while 11 percent project international sales to account for more than a third of their holiday sales

The survey was conducted from October 31 to November 4, 2011 and was sent to current customers who operate an e-commerce store. See the detailed survey findings at

About (NASDAQ: STMP) is a leading provider of Internet-based postage services.'s service enables small businesses, high-volume shippers, enterprise shippers, and consumers to print U.S. Postal Service-approved postage with just a PC, printer and Internet connection, right from their home or office. The Company currently has PC Postage partnerships with Avery Dennison, Microsoft, HP, the U.S. Postal Service and others., the logo and PhotoStamps® are trademarks or registered trademarks of Inc. All other brands and names are property of their respective owners.