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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

Additional FedEx changes for SmartPost coming on January 22, 2018

Posted by Greg Marone on Oct 18, 2017 9:22:00 AM


Effective January 22nd 2018, FedEx has announced it will be changing the SmartPost service from weight-based to dimension-based rating. As you may recall, several years ago they changed the majority of their services to dimension-based rating.

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Topics: shipping costs, shipping

How Will the New USPS Package Verification System Affect Your Business?

Posted by Greg Marone on Oct 4, 2017 8:55:16 PM

Do you know about the recent change to the way USPS handles their parcel package processing. I think it is good information for anyone who ships with large volumes whether you are using USPS now or looking to leverage this option in the future.

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Topics: shipping system, shipping costs, shipping

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

Leveraging Mail Consolidators for Savings

Posted by Greg Marone on Apr 21, 2017 1:23:00 PM

Online sales represent an increasingly important source of revenue for many businesses, making the need for affordable shipping more critical than ever. Many budget-savvy, high-volume shippers are turning to mail consolidators to reduce the cost of shipping while still providing reliable delivery.

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Topics: shipping costs, shipping

When Does Your Free Shipping System Begin to Cost You Money?

Posted by Greg Marone on Mar 3, 2017 2:50:14 PM

When your business was first launched, they probably chose a free shipping system from a carrier like UPS or FedEx. But now as your business has grown, you may find that these carrier-provided systems no longer meet your needs.

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Topics: shipping system, shipping costs

5 Ways to Reduce Unexpected Carrier Back Charges

Posted by Greg Marone on Feb 22, 2017 5:00:00 AM

Everybody loves a pleasant surprise, but an unpleasant surprise? Not so much. Carrier back charges fall into the latter category. A shipping back charge is when a carrier bills you an additional amount after you’ve already paid freight for a shipment.

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Topics: warehouse, carriers, shipping costs

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

How Much Do Shipping Systems Cost?

Posted by Greg Marone on Feb 7, 2017 5:00:00 AM

This is a tough question. Shipping system cost depends on the functionality of the solution and its implementation. Are you interfacing it to a host system? Is it a complex integration? How much support do you have from your internal IT staff? What carriers and special services do you use?

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Topics: shipping system, shipping costs

How to Compare Shipping Costs

Posted by Greg Marone on Feb 2, 2017 5:00:00 AM

Reducing your shipping expenses or streamlining your shipping costs is achievable by comparing different carriers' offers on costs. However, there are a few comparison factors to keep in mind, including the shipping prices, different weight breaks and different shipping zones. Here are a few ways to compare shipping costs.

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Topics: warehouse, carriers, shipping costs