Thomas Andersen

Partner/VP of Supply Chain Services at LJM Consultants

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May 24 2016
Earlier this year, FedEx Corp. announced its plans to decrease the maximum length for the Additional Handling Fee from 60 inches to 48 inches (length of longest side) before the surcharge... View More
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Jan. 8 2016
You’re likely just getting back into the swing of things after attending Parcel Forum 2015, trying to determine what great idea to implement first… or, perhaps you’re still evaluating... View More
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Oct. 26 2015
We're often asked, "How often should I negotiate with my carrier"? Or "I'm only in the second year of a three-year term with my carrier, so I need to hold off on negotiating my contract until it expires,... View More
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Dec. 8 2014
Most of us have seen the footage of the UPS or FedEx guy tossing a package over a fence or onto someone’s porch. In fact, if you search “driver throws package” on YouTube, you’ll... View More
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June 18 2014
On June 17, 2014, UPS announced that it will apply dimensional weight to all packages moving by its ground service, rather than just those with dimensional weight greater than 3 cubic feet (L x H x W >... View More
May 6 2014
When meeting with Shippers, we are often asked why Carriers offer such a vast variance in pricing options... typical response - “because they can”. As we explore this question further, there... View More
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Aug. 22 2013
It may appear odd to bring up the topic of preparing for the holiday peak season when we are so far away from the traditional peak shipping period. In order to make impactful changes though, one needs... View More
July 22 2013
For those shippers that use FedEx SmartPost, be prepared that effective July 15th, FedEx will be adding a delivery area surcharge of $0.25 per package, which will apply to FedEx SmartPost shipments destined... View More
June 6 2012
After analyzing the shipping trends of more than 350 Global, National, and Middle Market companies that base their shipping in the US, we’ve found that most US-based shippers overspend by an average... View More
April 10 2012
In the course of a given week, I speak to a handful of our clients and invariably, I find one common theme that separates exceptional shipping departments from their average counterparts. Simply put, the... View More
Feb. 7 2012
INTRODUCTION Another year, another major carrier rate increase. Thanks to the vigilance with which FedEx and UPS have been raising their shipping rates in recent years, most parcel shippers will find their... View More
Dec. 5 2010
At this time of the year, one of the hottest topics is the parcel carriers’ published General Rate Increase (“GRI”). Although the excessive increases continue to bring disappointment,... View More
Feb. 15 2010
With the 2010 rate increase taking effect, here are three steps to take and some potential options to consider that can help you offset those increases, or even decrease your spend, without sacrificing... View More
Oct. 12 2009
Shipping costs can have a huge impact on a company’s bottom line. This is especially true for businesses sending a large volume of packages each day. MexGrocer, one of the nation’s largest... View More
Oct. 12 2009
Once upon a time, UPS would provide agreements to their customers that were simple to understand. They included a single discount for Ground, Air and Hundredweight services, while fees were relatively... View More
March 25 2009
Common business practice tells us that we don’t get what we deserve, we get what we negotiate. This is just as applicable when negotiating your parcel agreements. When purchasing a meal, a haircut,... View More
Aug. 27 2008
Negotiating pricing with a carrier is similar to buying a car. There is the notorious sticker price. You expect to get a discount, and you assume that you have negotiated well after several rounds of having... View More

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