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Dec. 21 2023
At 5.9%, the 2024 general rate increases introduced by FedEx and UPS represent a significant added outlay only eclipsed by last year’s record-breaking increase, but shippers are now in a far... View More
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Nov. 20 2023
True parcel experts are relatively rare, and if you don’t have one on your side, your parcel contract analysis and negotiation is not a level playing field with your carriers. Fresh off bot... 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. 9 2023
Before manufacturers were able to apply strategic sourcing practices to their operational expenses with the same discipline they used to buy the “direct supplies” used on the factory floor
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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