Aug. 17 2023
With companies of all kinds still wary of a potential recession, more are looking at how to cut costly consulting engagements. In an e-commerce age when it is more important than ever to optimi... View More
June 30 2023
Actively managing your carrier agreement isn’t something that requires countless hours every week. In fact, there are just a few easy steps you can take to reduce your costs and optimize your small
April 12 2023
Now that the carriers’ GRIs are in effect and 2023 is well underway, it’s a good time for companies to evaluate their small parcel shipping costs. Here are three tips for what companies can... View More
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
Jan. 30 2023
Buckle up, folks. 2023 is shaping up to be an especially eventful year in the parcel industry. Economic conditions continue to drive industry change, and both FedEx and UPS are facing unique challenge
Jan. 23 2023
New Year’s resolutions often begin with reflection. Last fall, our data scientists created a model that combined the 5.9% general rate increase (GRI) for 2022 announced by FedEx and UPS with... View More
Dec. 12 2022
With the world becoming smaller, shipping internationally should be easy… right? Conceptually, yes, but to do so profitably, effectively, and continuously can be challenging. Between a varie
Nov. 3 2022
Typically, with a smaller organization, the responsibility of managing the carriers falls on the shipping manager or operations manager. This responsibility is in addition to the many other jobs requi
Sept. 29 2022
In the daily conversations I have with shippers across the country, including customers and prospects, there is increasingly a feeling that something fundamental changed. Many, particularly in... View More
Sept. 16 2021
Given the current landscape facing shippers, it has become increasingly important for shippers to recognize the new normal and a future with “perpetual peak” surcharges. This environment... View More
Jan. 26 2021
While most shippers have become accustomed to the carriers announcing record general rate increases (GRI) and new surcharges, 2021 will be in a class of its own. More than any other year, it i... View More
Dec. 22 2020
As a shipper entering a parcel carrier bid process, you are subject to a great deal of doubt and risk from the unknown. A successful RFP often begins by considering two critical questions –... View More
Dec. 17 2020
Over the last few years, there have been several installments of PARCEL Counsel relating to transportation contracts. Other columns have discussed issues relating to loss or damage to cargo. G... View More
Nov. 16 2020
Across the world, two strategies remain top of mind for parcel shippers as peak season and the year’s end draw nearer: 1) carrier diversity; and 2) carrier negotiation. COVID-19 continues to... View More
Sept. 29 2020
Many companies think long-term vendor contracts are the best approach for their organizations, and a number of arguments exist that support this position. However, and especially as it relat... View More
Sept. 24 2020
It’s no secret that parcel agreements are complex. The sheer quantity of services and surcharges to which discounts can apply make this mostly unavoidable. With typical agreements ranging be... View More
May 26 2020
In a matter of weeks, the entire world went virtual. Every industry’s supply chain was upended as they scrambled to figure out how to support everything from shelter-in-place orders to getti... View More
April 24 2020
The shipping industry is in the midst of a digital revolution, and while that has certainly changed many aspects of the field, contract negotiations are still as straightforward as ever, at le... View More
April 16 2020
Today’s UPS and FedEx contracts are more complicated and difficult to negotiate than ever before. Before we address the major issues affecting your carrier contracts and how you can success... View More
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