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Rick Williams

Recent Posts

Things to Consider from the President’s Desk

Posted by Rick Williams on Nov 7, 2017 10:43:00 AM

For the coming year, the average rate increase will be 4.9% across the board. As usual, lower weight and shorter zoned packages will be increased more than 4.9% and particularly hard hit are residential shipments in these lower weights and zones.

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Topics: shipping costs, shipping

2018 Annual Carrier Rate Updates

Posted by Rick Williams on Oct 24, 2017 10:40:00 AM

It’s hard to believe that November is here already. The shorter days are a reminder that the holidays are rushing in along with a new year! Here’s what you need to know regarding the carrier rate updates for 2018.

DHL Express, FedEx and Purolator will increase their rates an average of 4.9%, effective January 1, 2018. These rates will come down automatically through each carrier’s nightly communication, therefore no effort is required on your part.

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Topics: shipping

InfoShip Enhancements

Posted by Rick Williams on Aug 21, 2017 10:57:44 AM

CLS is proud to announce that over the past year or so, we’ve added several new carriers and services to InfoShip®/Vx. These enhancements are the result of requests from our customers. We value our customer partnerships and truly appreciate that you let us know how we can help to continue to improve your business. Take a look at the list below and let us know if you think your operation can benefit from these additions.

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Topics: shipping system

Countdown to 2018

Posted by Rick Williams on Aug 21, 2017 10:57:29 AM

Yes, it’s mid-August and the temperatures are hovering steady in the 90s but the busy season and carrier rate updates will be here before we know it. Here are some items to keep in the back of your mind as we wind down summer time.

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Topics: shipping costs

Case Study: Empowering the Growth of Dollar Shave Club with InfoShip

Posted by Rick Williams on Jul 10, 2017 10:21:47 AM

After initially outsourcing its shipping to a Third-Party Logistics (3PL) firm, in 2015, Dollar Shave Club (DSC) decided it was going to bring shipping in-house and needed a reliable and flexible high-volume shipping system to meet their increased demand.

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Topics: shipping system

What You Need to Know About Black Box Shipping

Posted by Rick Williams on Apr 27, 2017 9:44:58 AM

When shipping a few packages per day, a manual-entry workstation given to you for free by a carrier (FedEx, UPS, etc.) or even a multicarrier solution designed for an office can get the job done. However, systems like these aren’t conducive to productivity. 

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Topics: warehouse, black box

InfoShip/Vx Is the Shipping System That Saves

Posted by Rick Williams on Apr 12, 2017 5:00:00 AM

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Topics: shipping system, shipping

What Are the Implications of Amazon Entering the Package Delivery Business?

Posted by Rick Williams on Mar 8, 2017 5:58:00 AM

Update: This blog was originally published on March 9, 2017. Since that time, Amazon has indeed entered the package delivery market. This new development makes the information and advice below even more pertinent today than it was when originally published almost a year ago. Make sure you understand what Amazon's move means for the package delivery business as a whole.

If you're a small-package shipper, the prospect of Amazon entering the package delivery market is intriguing. Currently, doing business for you means working with a handful of carriers (typically UPS, FedEx and often the U.S. Postal Service), so your clients have the best possible shipping options. 

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Topics: Insider, carriers

The Frequent Misapplication of the Print and Apply Process in Small Parcel Shipping

Posted by Rick Williams on Feb 17, 2017 11:20:26 AM

For those not familiar with warehouse automation systems, using print and apply processes typically means you are placing a label or labels on a box – in today’s example, we are specifically speaking of a small parcel shipment – that needs to add a carrier and/or box label automatically, via a print and apply mechanical process.  

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Topics: warehouse, shipping system, packing

Workstation Shipping: Do You Really Need a Shipping Screen?

Posted by Rick Williams on Feb 10, 2017 5:00:00 AM

If you are still using a carrier or third-party shipping system that has a shipping screen, why? Perhaps you’ve never considered this question, but redesigning your system to remove the need for a shipping screen could lead to big cost savings, so it is worth evaluating for your own business.

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Topics: warehouse, shipping system, shipping costs