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 the big stories in 2016. But they weren't the only ones... read on!
By James Matthews
During a discussion about the various iterations of dimensional weight in our presentation at the 2016 PARCEL Forum in Dallas, I made the (ahem… dare I say, "bold") prediction that at some point the carriers will align the domestic and international dim divisors rather than having unique divisors for each. Little did I know that just one week later, FedEx would proclaim that very change in its 2017 rate announcement (mental note – buy a lottery ticket tonight).
9. UPS Rate Hikes a Strong Reminder to Prepare
By Shaun Rothwell
United Parcel Service (UPS) surprised a lot of us in September with an early announcement on 2017 rate increases. Though the teaser was a couple months earlier than expected, it shouldn’t have shocked any of us — we all knew annual rate hikes were coming. Are you nervous? Don’t be — unless you fail to act.
8. How Much Is the FedEx Rate Change REALLY Going to Cost Me?
By David Faour
With each year’s General Rate Increase announcement, shippers inevitably ask, “How much is this really going to cost me?” This year, it got quite a bit harder to answer that question for FedEx shippers.
7. Additional Cost Increases Coming for FedEx Parcel Shippers
By William Cordell
In April, it was reported at FedEx’s Q3 earnings call that beginning June 1, FedEx will be reducing its additional handling package length threshold from 60 inches down to 48 inches on all ground shipments. According to FedEx’s Mike Glenn, this change was made primarily as a way to leverage the costs and labor associated with the growing e-commerce volume.
6. An Analysis of the UPS and FedEx Dimensional Weight Pricing Changes for 2017
By David Faour
Effective January 8, the dimensional divisor will be reduced from 166 to 139 for all packages over one cubic foot, or 1728 cubic inches. Packages below this threshold will continue to be subject to the current dimensional weight factor of 166. Here’s what this means.
5. Is the USPS Still a Good Option for Shippers?By Shaun Rothwell
4. Op Ed: Bad Blood Between UPS and Amazon?By Jerry Hempstead