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July 10 2019
The news of Amazon’s next-day delivery took 2019 by storm. What followed was a flurry of successive similar announcements by other retail giants. E-commerce business owners and retailers... View More
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July 8 2019
An efficient supply chain is one that meets customer expectations in a cost-effective manner. With two-day delivery (or less) becoming the retail standard for customers, balancing cost and customer se
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June 26 2019
Same-day delivery no longer belongs to consumer retailers and grocers. Since the inception of Prime, the Amazon disruption has created an environment where both business buyers and individual cu... View More
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June 24 2019
The rise in parcel and direct-to-consumer shipping has disrupted warehouse operations, increasing labor costs and value-added services. The continued growth in e-commerce sales, which totaled $5... View More
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June 19 2019
Raise your hand if you’ve watched a recent episode of Netflix’s Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. Launched earlier this year, it chronicles the de-cluttering journey of several families who have... View More
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June 14 2019
Ninety percent of world trade is transported by ocean vessels. However, according to industry estimates, just one container ship can produce the same amount of pollution as 50 million cars. The... View More
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June 12 2019
Despite the pre-eminence of UPS, FedEx, and USPS, regional carriers can play a substantial role in maximizing the efficiency of a small-parcel supply chain. Sourcing relationships with these carriers... View More
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June 10 2019
Do you feel as though your workday is consumed by always putting out fires? Some people thrive on this kind of environment (and more power to them), but most of us will eventually get tired of t... View More
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June 7 2019
In this installment of PARCEL Counsel, we will explore how the enforcement of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Hours of Service (HOS) regulations through the Electroni... View More
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May 23 2019
Retailers are aggressively implementing omnichannel shipping strategies to fulfill orders from inventory located in closer proximity to their customers. They are shipping from fulfillment center... View More
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May 21 2019
Supply chain automation as a strategy to keep up with consumer demand and reduce costs is no new concept. What is new, however, is the accessibility of the latest generation of robotics and auto... View More
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May 20 2019
As they do every year, USPS and all the major shipping carriers have rolled out rate increases and process changes for 2019. But in the case of USPS, this year’s changes are more aggressive th... View More
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May 15 2019
The cost of the last mile for e-commerce service is a big obstacle. Some estimates show that up to 28% of the total cost of delivering goods reflects the last-mile delivery expense. However, whe... View More
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May 13 2019
Shippers need to monitor and negotiate more than just the base price of their FedEx shipping.Just as airline or car rental fees increase the ticket or rental base price, FedEx surcharges substantially
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May 10 2019
Your customers are expecting faster and faster delivery times each year, all while you are trying to cut costs, so network changes are often needed to increase shipping performance. Adding a dis... View More
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May 7 2019
Dimensional weight (also referred to as DIM weight, volumetric weight, or cubed weight) is the relationship of shipping box size to actual weight of the unit. Shipment pricing based on dimension... View More
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May 2 2019
The growing influence of Amazon is sending a ripple effect through e-commerce, impacting customer expectations and leaving merchants and warehouses scrambling for ways to keep up. With this chan... View More
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May 2 2019
Parcel auditing is a necessary task for shippers in today’s rapidly growing parcel market. It ensures that shippers pay the correct amount for their shipments, determines whether their shipmen... View More
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April 29 2019
When I succeeded my colleague, William J. Augello, as author of this column in 2007, I knew the column would be about transportation law. However, it was not until a few years ago that I realized exac
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April 19 2019
Warehouse optimization is all about making your operation as efficient, productive, and profitable as possible — in other words, doing more with less to increase your bottom line... View More

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