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March 21 2019
The 2019 FedEx and UPS rate increases have taken effect, and while anyone who has been in the industry for a while knows that rate increases happen on a regular basis, you still might be wonderi... View More
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Feb. 20 2019
I recently watched an interesting YouTube video that basically mapped out the history of the universe using a simple chronological chart with milestones ranging from the birth of the Milky Way a... View More
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Feb. 7 2019
Now that Black Friday, Cyber Monday, the holidays, and fourth-quarter surge are over, you can take a deep sigh of relief that you got through it. Many companies see 40% of their annual revenues... View More
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Jan. 14 2019
If you ship small parcels with either of the national parcel carriers and you’ve been paying attention to the changes in their dimensional weight (DIM) pricing strategies, you probably have at... View More
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Jan. 2 2019
This appeared in the November/December, 2018 issue of PARCEL. “Shipping profile? Check. We received it from our carrier representative at our last account review.” No, really, do you... View More
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Dec. 26 2018
Understanding the ins and outs of auditing parcel invoices can be very beneficial to your business because this process provides valuable insight into your organization’s supply chain operatio... View More
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Nov. 26 2018
FedEx Express and FedEx Ground, subsidiaries of FedEx Corp., will increase shipping rates effective January 7, 2019 by an average of 4.9%, while FedEx Freight will increase by an av... View More
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Nov. 9 2018
This is the time of year that shippers are often bracing for the blow of annual rate increases. Usually in the late third or early fourth quarter, parcel carriers will announce their annual rate... View More
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Nov. 5 2018
As everyone knows, the price of fuel has been, and will likely continue to be, on the rise. The increases/fluctuations in jet fuel and highway diesel prices contribute to more than just carriers’... View More
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Oct. 22 2018
In fashion, accessorizing is a great way to get noticed. However, in the shipping industry, accessorial fees will make you stand out for all the wrong reasons. Accessorial fees bleed profits from your
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Oct. 15 2018
Many small and mid-sized shippers feel that they don’t have the time or resources to effectively negotiate carrier contracts or manage their transportation spend. In many cases, they feel inti... View More
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Oct. 9 2018
This article originally appeared in the 2018 September/October issue of PARCEL.In today’s freight market, savings are hard to come by. Carriers are continually looking to increase their rates; howev
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Sept. 18 2018
We live in a parcel world where accessorial increases can be announced at any time of the year and have huge impacts on budgets. Accessorial charges account for anywhere from five to 30% of our... View More
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Sept. 6 2018
Every merchant has a contract, which they typically renegotiate either annually or semi-annually, with a major shipping carrier. As merchants sit down to renew their contracts, they aim to negot... View More
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Aug. 27 2018
UPS recently implemented a brand-new audit fee for shipping charge corrections. This new fee will be assessed if the average shipping charge correction in a week is greater than five dollars. If... View More
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June 27 2018
I often find myself explaining the importance of separating various cost reduction strategies. It is common for shippers to reference one or two cost reduction strategies and insinuate or assume that... View More
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May 23 2018
We haven’t reached summer yet, but UPS has decided it’s never too early to start making rate changes. It has already changed its fuel surcharge tables for air export, effective the first week... View More
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May 14 2018
It is common knowledge that measurement is the key to effective management. This is especially true for shippers attempting to manage their parcel programs and better control their costs. In fact, a r
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April 18 2018
A short time ago in an introductory lecture, a professor gave his students a simple lesson. He said, "Everyone, get out your calculators and enter the following: ‘One plus one multiplied by t... View More
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April 13 2018
This article originally appeared in the March/April, 2018 issue of PARCEL. Annual shipping rate increases are an expected occurrence for shippers and customers alike. Shippers understand and acce... View More

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