Jan. 31 2017
In part one of this series, we discussed the importance of continually reducing expenses and improving operational processes in order to help your business succeed. In part two, we'll continue t... View More
Jan. 28 2017
As we begin reviewing our company’s shipping metrics from last year, we find ourselves trying to analyze bits and pieces of data from various sources and multiple carriers which are equivalent... View More
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Jan. 28 2017
Engineering Innovation Inc. (Eii) introduced its new LightSort parcel processing solution at the 2016 Parcel Forum and received a strong reception from conference attendees looking for innovativ... View More
Jan. 27 2017
A couple of years ago, Cascade Orthopedic Supply was facing a challenge: once UPS and FedEx implemented dimensional-based (DIM) pricing, what was the best way to deal with the rising shipping costs that... View More
Jan. 27 2017
Big data gives parcel shippers access to information they’ve likely never had before. When properly leveraged, data analytics lead to decisions that mitigate risk and seize opportunities... View More
Jan. 24 2017
As we went through the 2016 peak season, one thing was painfully obvious: the e-commerce world is continually growing. However, along with the challenges this presents, the global e-commerce wor... View More
2016 fancy
Jan. 19 2017
2016 was a big year for the parcel industry. FedEx and UPS changing their DIM requirements, as well as announcing rates that differed from their competitor for the first time in a long time, were definitely... View More
Jan. 17 2017
Thanks to mobility and almost constant connectivity, we can now shop anywhere at any time. While this certainly benefits all consumers, the impact on rural customers is hard to ignore. Located f... View More
Jan. 10 2017
Last month, I shared some basics of big data and how it can help parcel shippers. My column explored the break-neck pace at which data continues to grow, as well as the benefits and competitive... View More
Jan. 6 2017
Ask most company executives about their plans to boost their bottom line, and they’ll tell you about all the things they’re doing to increase top line revenue. But by focusing only on... View More
Dec. 27 2016
Recently, in working on several different accounts but using one particular carrier, I noticed the same anomaly. In the billing data, there were shipments that showed “no-zone” as the rated
Dec. 16 2016
E-commerce continues to represent a growing chunk of total US retail sales. Representing an average of eight percent of total US retail sales for the first half of 2016 (compared to 7.1% for the... View More
Dec. 16 2016
Many years ago, I heard a story that has stuck with me ever since. It went like this: France surprised everyone in the world of sport judo when the French team won several gold medals in the Oly... View More
Dec. 15 2016
During the holidays, shipping volumes increase for everyone — not just high-volume e-commerce shippers fulfilling an avalanche of gift orders. Office shippers also see volume increases due to... View More
Dec. 14 2016
As the holidays approach and people turn their minds to gift buying, business surges are realized in the distribution center. Many will experience all-time highs, and others will call in a numbe... View More
Dec. 13 2016
On September 20, FedEx announced its 2017 general rate increase (GRI). UPS announced its 2017 GRI earlier on September 1. This year’s GRI actually shows the carriers going in different directi... View More
Dec. 13 2016
Editor's Note: Did you miss part one of this series? You can view it here. You have created a distribution network plan that incorporates your “go to market” strategy, inventory and logistic
Dec. 12 2016
Small parcel shippers understand the nature of the General Rate Increase, and they attempt to mitigate the increase accordingly. We can negotiate a solid contract, but if our understanding and v... View More
Dec. 8 2016
We asked the questions, you provided responses. For the fourth consecutive year at the PARCEL Forum, Shipware, LLC conducted a live parcel pricing and benchmarking survey in which 56 shippers re... View More
Dec. 7 2016
As almost every shipper knows by now, UPS recently announced it will also be changing its dimensional pricing rules in a not unexpected move closely following a similar change from FedEx. Effect... View More