V2 has partnered with UPS to "offer better shipping and tracking" to their customers.
v2 also claims that:
"UPS offers better tracking than USPS at an affordable cost
-Shipping prices are determined by weight + distance and will vary
-The UPS “My Choice” feature will let you choose the time of delivery and whether a signature is required. It gives recipients the option of receiving My Choice Delivery Alerts to their phone or allows them to have their order delivered to their local UPS stores, in the event they will not be available. You will need to sign up for My Choice on the UPS website.
-Pricing is more consistent across all products."
I contend that for most, USPS shipping is faster, more affordable, more consistent and easily tracked.
I also contend that USPS is a better option for v2 because its product will fit almost any items ordered into USPS's (free) Small Flat Rate Box, and will ship anywhere in the United States for $4.90, and will do so quickly.
I believe that in the vast majority of cases, customers purchasing products via retail (as opposed to wholesale) will not have an order that exceeds the capability of the Large Flat Rate Box which ships anywhere in the US for around $12. All flat rate boxes can be shipped bearing a weight of up to seventy pounds within the US and its protectorates..
USPS has also reverted to the complete delivery confirmation scan which allows the customer to more accurately estimate when purchases need to be made based on shipping and handling time..
In addition, most mail carriers are familiar with the customers on their routes, and the end delivery will be more likely to end up on the right customer's doorstep.
Finally, USPS Priority Mail is given Priority by USPS. USPS packages sent via UPS are neither UPS's nor USPS's first priority. In fact, we have learned of numerous reports of packages sitting in sorting stations until it is "time to be delivered."
Bearing these factors in mind, I request that v2 cigs return the USPS Priority Shipping Option to its loyal and valued customers. I personally don't care if you use UPS or Fed-Ex in addition to USPS for those who want this service, but I DO care that our USPS shipments be handled by USPS. They will be happy to make a daily pickup at no charge. And boxes are FREE from USPS.
This less expensive and faster service is something that many people would prefer, especially given USPS's return to scanning every package at every stop along its route to your customers' homes.