Sept. 27 2023
During the 2022 peak holiday season, FedEx’s on-time delivery fell through the floor. It was a crazy time with nonexistent capacity and overwhelming demands on parcel carriers. Still, FedEx... View More
Sept. 15 2023
UPS has released high-level guidance that its 2024 General Rate Increase will mirror FedEx’s announcement at a 5.9% overall increase in rates. But, as always, the devil is in the de... View More
Sept. 10 2023
FedEx has announced an average General Rate Increase (GRI) of 5.9% that will go into effect January 1, 2024. The increases are generally softer than in 2023 (for reasons we’ll explain) but f... View More
Aug. 28 2023
As e-commerce surged and parcel excess capacity dried up in mid-late 2021 shippers the focus of many shippers shifted. For years, the primary goal, in many cases the only goal, of carrier nego... View More
July 28 2023
Back in 2021, FedEx initiated a key change to its market strategy by rebranding FedEx SmartPost as FedEx Ground Economy. Effectively, this decision resulted in a complete network redesign –... View More
July 21 2023
Most shippers understand the potential disruption an August 1 Teamsters strike at UPS would cause to their business, the economy, and UPS as a company. But have you considered the po... View More
July 19 2023
In 2023, shippers are acutely aware of the annual rate increases by the prominent carriers. Additionally, the escalating labor negotiations between UPS and the Teamsters have also caught their... View More
July 13 2023
Among the biggest factors affecting shippers as they craft logistics strategies are the annual general rate increases (GRIs) imposed by FedEx and UPS. Typically announced in the fall to take e... View More
May 25 2023
Parcel rates keep going up. Shippers like you know that at the beginning of 2023, small parcel list rates went up about 7% for FedEx and UPS, but that is not the whole story. You may feel li... View More
May 15 2023
To say the domestic parcel shipping landscape has changed in the last three to four years may be a gross understatement. Many long for the days before perpetual peak surcharges, 90+ page co... View More
May 9 2023
“Here’s the reality. Let’s say you’re in charge of supply chain for a large company and you need to go in front of your boss or your board to say, ‘I guarantee there won’t... View More
May 5 2023
In early January, Amazon announced the expansion of its “Buy with Prime” (BWP) service to all eligible US retailers. The program, which first launched as an invite-only beta in April 2022,... View More
May 3 2023
On January 31, UPS held its Q4 2022 earnings call. Despite relatively positive packaging, results were mixed. After walking away from Q4 with continued strong margins and a 13.2% dividend incr... View More
April 24 2023
"A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” William Shakespeare's words from his iconic play Romeo and Juliet could sum up the proposed name change for the USPS’s Ground Services, i
March 7 2023
With the onset of COVID, both UPS and FedEx suspended service guarantees that had been in place for years. These guarantees provided shippers a measure of compensation for the many potential issues ca
Feb. 27 2023
Breakups are never easy, even in the interconnected world of shipping goods. Like modern romance, most carrier breakups begin and end with money. This sentiment is especially true right now a... View More
Feb. 2 2023
Much has been made of the good and bad changes at FedEx. And rightly so. But it's not like the waters have been calm at the brown giant. Peak Surcharges by Any Other Name . . . Whe... View More
Nov. 11 2022
The tables have turned on shippers. Throughout the world, shippers are up against demand, skyrocketing rates, capacity, and unpredictability. Some of this is augmented by a new dynamic: the market is... View More
Nov. 9 2022
Since 2020, shippers have diversified their programs at a rapid pace. But what are the best strategies to determine which parts of your program should be given to each carrier? The common tool of the... View More
Nov. 7 2022
The e-commerce landscape has changed dramatically over the last two years. Retailers have had to balance the acceleration towards e-commerce and meeting consumers’ expectations of fast and f... View More