Federal Express Service and Rates Manual

Services & Rates Manual

Rice has discounted pricing negotiated for all campus mailers with Federal Express.  Federal Express provides a fast, reliable overnight service for letters, business documents and parcels. Delivery Services recommends this method of overnight delivery because of the reliability, traceability, and cost containment. 

This program has been streamlined for making shipments, receiving shipments, and on-line processing of charges. Each department has an account, can create shipping labels on-line, can track all package deliveries on-line, and receives their billings through an on-line load into Banner. Shipping supplies can be ordered by calling 1-800-GO-FEDEX, by checking any of the campus drop boxes, or by contacting Delivery Services. All information pertaining to the cost of a shipment can be determined prior to its distribution by creating the shipping label on-line. All services can be received at http://www.fedex.com/.

To establish a new account, contact the Delivery Services manager at ext. 5826. Creating an account on-line yourself does not place it into the correct billing mode nor does it provide negotiated reduced shipping rates. All charges for Federal Express are expensed to account code 70395 on Banner. Billing corrections can be made by contacting Customer Service at 1-800-GO-FEDEX.

Inbound packages and outbound packages are managed centrally by Delivery Services. Inbound shipments arrive at 8:30 am daily in Delivery Services. Express overnight shipments are distributed with the morning departmental mail drops. Non-express shipments are delivered with the afternoon mail the same day.

Outbound Federal Express can be placed in the regular departmental mail pick-up area, and will be picked up three times daily, with the last pick-up departing Delivery Services at 3 p.m.

Shipments prepared later than 3 p.m. can be placed in a campus drop box for pick-up at 6:30 pm. Boxes are conveniently located near Sewall Hall, in front of the RMC, and in front of the Campus Post Office (Annex Bldg.).

Shipments prepared after 6:30 p.m. can be taken to other FEDEX collection stations. Convenient locations include Kinko's in the Village (before 7 p.m.) and the FEDEX office located at 2795 Holly Hall (off Fannin between the Astrodome and 288, before 8 p. m.).

Special instructions include:

  • Prepare shipping label on-line by following the prompts. Separate formats are required for domestic and international shipments. Pre-printed labels can be made available for emergency use.
  • Check rates for domestic or international shipments.
  • Insurance coverage can be provided.
  • Shipments can be sent to major cities within the United States the following business day; only two-day service is available to remote cities.
  • Shipments can be sent to international locations, with selected cities in Western Europe receiving over-night deliveries. NOT ALL COUNTRIES ARE SERVED. Check on-line international shipping procedures for more details.
  • On-line tracking will identify when the package has been delivered and who signed for it.
  • Two-day delivery at reduced rates.
  • Saturday delivery can be specified.
  • A street address is always required.
  • Federal Express envelopes, boxes, and tubes are available in Delivery Services.