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May 31 2024
In the middle of 2022, the US parcel market began shifting in shippers’ favor. While it took a while to make up the ground lost in 2020/2021, savings started to become a possibility, even a li... View More
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March 26 2024
As we turn the page into a new year, we often find ourselves filled with ambition to take on new challenges. While many are setting personal home, work, and fitness goals we often find ourselv... View More
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March 20 2024
Every year, parcel carriers announce a general rate increase where they cite an average increase in their rates. For 2024, UPS and FedEx announced a 5.9% average increase. In the parcel indust... View More
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Jan. 17 2024
In the wake of the recent GRIs implemented by both UPS and FedEx, with a 5.9% increase, it's crucial for shippers to reevaluate their budget assumptions. Despite any preconceived notions of being pre... View More
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Jan. 15 2024
Amazon is finally throwing its hat into the ring of carriers. Industry experts have long speculated the company would one day compete with FedEx and UPS - myself included, with a few article... View More
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Jan. 10 2024
Editor's Note: This article was written in fall of 2023, but even though this most recent peak season is now over, we still thought this article from our November/December issue should be share... View More
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Dec. 4 2023
During the course of my career, an uncomfortable conversation has occurred again and again. It is one most shippers know all too well. That conversation is one which historically occurred wit... View More
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Nov. 29 2023
If you ship all your packages with one carrier, you are a single-sourcer. Single-sourcing isn’t necessarily bad, especially as a new company. It’s easy to process packages and it... View More
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Nov. 7 2023
The last three years have been a rollercoaster in our industry, with higher demand and costs than we have ever seen. So where are we now, and where are we going with parcel costs in the future... View More
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Oct. 20 2023
Consumers today want whatever they want whenever they want it. The demand for instant gratification has seeped into every corner of our lives, especially e-commerce, with 97% of shoppers calli... View More
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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