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Oct. 21 2019
The process of analyzing high-volume shipper distribution patterns, identifying opportunities to save money and, in many cases, reduce transit times is often called mode (or modal) optimization (MO)... View More
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Oct. 16 2019
Shipping is a critical part of your business, but it’s becoming more complex and expensive than ever. Rate increases, damaged goods, billing mistakes, and late shipments all affect your bott... View More
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May 20 2019
As they do every year, USPS and all the major shipping carriers have rolled out rate increases and process changes for 2019. But in the case of USPS, this year’s changes are more aggressive th... View More
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May 13 2019
Shippers need to monitor and negotiate more than just the base price of their FedEx shipping.Just as airline or car rental fees increase the ticket or rental base price, FedEx surcharges substantially
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May 7 2019
Dimensional weight (also referred to as DIM weight, volumetric weight, or cubed weight) is the relationship of shipping box size to actual weight of the unit. Shipment pricing based on dimension... View More
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May 2 2019
Parcel auditing is a necessary task for shippers in today’s rapidly growing parcel market. It ensures that shippers pay the correct amount for their shipments, determines whether their shipmen... View More
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April 10 2019
Due to the increasing complexity of ground parcel shipping rates, it’s quite possible that many shippers may not be aware of the potential surcharges to which their packages are being subjected.... View More
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March 27 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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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. 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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