March 30 2012
When technology manufacturers’ backs are up against the wall, like other manufacturers, they have a natural tendency to focus on things like cutbacks and cost savings, and to make things like product... View More
March 30 2012
People are always trying to find ways to cut cost in the shipping department without sacrificing the integrity of their shipments. Some items come from the manufacturer ready to ship. These items come... View More
March 2 2012
For those who have either just entered or will soon be entering new multi-year pricing agreements there are a number of current news events that will have an impact on transportation providers costs of... View More
Nov. 27 2011
• Nearly 8% increase in 1-5 lb. ground rates • Some accessorial increases hit 10% • Several international rates approach 15% • New international surcharges announced for 2012 UPS has... View More
Oct. 27 2011
Companies conducting business in China are optimistic about the future of that country’s domestic market. As the country evolves from an export environment to an export and “in China for China”... View More
Sept. 6 2011
There is an increasing emphasis these days on continuing education, both to succeed in the logistics & transportation field and to maintain professional competence, whether through face-to-face interaction... View More
Sept. 6 2011
Parcel shippers, be forewarned. Recent modifications to United Parcel Service (UPS) contracts can potentially increase shippers’ costs significantly. If you are like most shippers, you’ve negotiated... View More
July 14 2011
An important court battle that impacts parcel shippers continues to take shape in US District Court. As reported in Parcel in October 2010 (“FedEx & UPS Policies Regarding Third Party Consultants:... View More
June 27 2011
Tompkins Associates has conducted a mid-year checkup on major industry trends that supply chain executives are putting at the top of their strategy lists. “Late last year, we published the Top 11... View More
June 16 2011
My first transportation job was as a package car driver in Jamestown New York, in what was called the "down town area". UPS delivered 34 states when I started in 1969. You signed a sheet that had your... View More
March 8 2011
There are many reasons why in a green focused world where paper has been crowned undisputed king, inflatable plastic products have become the fastest growing packaging product segment for void fill and... View More
Nov. 30 2010
In its simplest form, transportation is getting your shipment from Point A to Point B within a certain amount of time, using a set amount of space. The cost to transport finished goods from the plant through... View More
Sept. 14 2010
Editor's Note: This article appeared in the October 2010 issue of PARCEL, but we had to cut it down for space constraints. Here is the article in its entirety. Address corrections, as it applies to... View More
Sept. 14 2010
As a Third Party Consultant (3PC) and 20-year parcel industry veteran, I read with interest Amanda Armendariz’ recent article “The... View More
Aug. 19 2010
There’s a lot going on recently in the parcel industry — and a lot of it isn’t good news for shippers. Oh, sure, the economy seems to be rebounding (slightly), but there are some undercurrents... View More
July 7 2010
On July 6, the United States Postal Service announced its proposed prices for Mailing Services products, which include First-Class Mail parcels, Standard Mail Parcels and Non Flat Machineable , Bound Printed... View More
May 6 2010
Following through from April's pre-announcement, PARCEL asked Doug Kahl, Vice President of TranzAct Technologies to report on this morning's UPS Press Release and Earnings Call on their first quarter results.... View More
March 1 2010
In his book Relationship Economics, author David Nour talks about the basics in relationships simply stated: like me, know me, trust me, and pay me. What do you know about the carrier representatives... View More
Dec. 16 2009
Just as important as the negotiation of a new agreement, is the implementation process. After spending many weeks negotiating a new agreement with their carrier, people often miss the following critical... View More
Dec. 8 2009
Lately, it seems we've gotten a lot of calls for assistance with what we call "negotiating up." We all seem to be tasked with doing more with less lately — raises are few and far between, but so... View More