Sept. 23 2014
If you’re not convinced there are dangers posed by the lack of competition in the US small parcel market, please read the transcript from FedEx’s earnings call on March 19, 2014. Near the end... View More
Feb. 4 2014
By now everyone has heard of (or were affected by) the millions of Christmas presents delivered late because UPS and FedEx’s delivery networks were overwhelmed by the flood of last minute ecommerce... View More
Jan. 2 2014
It’s no surprise that shippers continue to value good pricing, high quality, and superior service as key criteria when selecting a carrier. And it’s no surprise that the regionals have always... View More
Sept. 24 2013
The fundamental advantages of ground delivery for shippers have been well-documented for many years. Today, due to continued economic uncertainty, changes in the supply chain, and an increased demand for... View More
Aug. 22 2013
Fifteen to 30%? I'm going to demonstrate a very easy way to achieve that level of savings by adding a regional parcel carrier to your carrier mix. The quickest way to realize that kind of cost reduction... View More
April 8 2013
It’s been 30 years since Eastern Connection opened its doors on Valentine’s Day in 1983 as a regional parcel delivery service. Since then, we’ve lived through dramatic events and industry... View More
Feb. 12 2013
Regular readers of this column know the many benefits of adding regional parcel carriers to their carrier mix. Not only can a shipper significantly reduce their shipping spend, get faster time in transit... View More
Oct. 14 2012
When it comes to parcel delivery, FedEx, United Parcel Service (UPS), and the United States Postal Service (USPS) are clearly the dominant players in the US. However, a growing number of shippers... View More
May 23 2012
Regional parcel carriers are a vast group and each has its own set of strengths that your organization can leverage to enhance your supply chain. They can provide better transit, white glove services,... View More
April 10 2012
The online retail industry passed the $200 billion mark in the 2011 revenue estimates released last month. Projections show it will grow by another 60% in the next five years and cross the $300 billion... View More
Feb. 9 2012
In this volatile economy, increased parcel shipping costs have been steadily eating into the bottom line of high-volume shippers (just take a look at your newest post-rate increase parcel invoice). In... View More
Sept. 26 2011
Relax for just a minute and think back to when you were nine years old, before you saw the dangers we see every day now. There wasn’t a TV in every room with hundreds of channels and you were not... View More
Aug. 22 2011
The Results are in and may surprise you! In last month’s PARCEL, our readers were challenged with, “Looking for your input in order to provide information on exactly how the supply chain is... View More
June 13 2011
The prevailing view on supply chain management is that a key to a firm’s overall success can be found in establishing stronger relationships with the partners in a supply chain. On the other hand,... View More
Feb. 2 2011
I ordered at least a dozen products from catalogers and eTailers this holiday season and didn’t pay shipping charges for any of them. The merchants included LL Bean, Levi, Neiman Marcus, Target,... View More
Dec. 5 2010
Managing information should be part of your overall strategy and tactics in this competitive global environment. Companies are not solely in the service or product business any longer; we are all offering... View More
Sept. 21 2010
Classic marketing is generally divided into four parts called the Four Ps of Marketing: Product, Price, Place and Promotion. Place includes channels that marketing generally determines by selecting... View More
June 18 2010
Ownership is being replaced by relationships because of the sophistication of the Internet, telecommunications and data management. It wasn’t too long ago that the term “rollup” meant... View More
Feb. 15 2010
There are very interesting synergies between financial firms and delivery companies that started in the mid-1800s and are still evolving today. American Express was founded in 1850 as an express transportation... View More