In selecting a parcel carrier for your shipping needs, companies can go a couple of ways. Remember the old saying from the corporate CTO – “Nobody ever got fired for choosing IBM”? The safe route would be to go with one of the global giants – UPS or FedEx.
Shippers increasingly burdened by unexpected “air taxes” levied by carriers
Everyone has had the experience of opening up a box and finding it mostly filled with bubble wrap and other packing material. Carriers hate this because eCommerce volumes are straining their capacity and having to ship air in containers wastes space and cost them money.
Editor’s Note: Today’s Blog is by Carl Turn, a freelance writer in the distribution field, who is showing us how next-day delivery is changing the face of eCommerce.
It’s no secret that the internet has reshaped our lives in many ways, and especially how we shop. Gone are the days of calling or visiting brick-and-mortar stores to find the products you need.
Are you a large shipper of small package or most often called, parcel freight? When high-volume parcel shippers gain a better understanding of the best practices of managing a large parcel shipment number and spend volume as well as better understand the accounting side of parcel through consolidated invoices, the use of outsourced partners, technology, and proficient auditing shippers create the
A transportation management system (TMS) is often considered an ideal choice for less-than-truckload (LTL) and full truckload (FT) shipments. In reality, a dedicated TMS can be applied to improve the efficiency and dynamics of any type of shipment. For small package shipments, a TMS can prove to be an invaluable resource by providing the following significant benefits.
Many businesses have a tendency to go hastily through small package contract negotiation processes. Unfortunately, many of these entities to end to have a large, small package or parcel spend, but a small package outside negotiator can help save significant revenue.
Shipping processes and best practices are continually evolving and adapting to help small and medium businesses gain a competitive advantage in an increasingly complex global economy. Driven by the growth of e-commerce, more shippers are involved in the global economy than ever before.
While LTL shipping may have been the gold standard for shippers in the past, more shippers are starting to turn to a combination of parcel and less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping to cut costs and drive profits. However, the age-old rule of packages of less than 150 pounds being designated as small package or parcels is evolving.
Small package and parcel shipping charges can account for up to 5 percent of a shipper’s total expenses, reports Gary Oswald of PARCEL Media. However, more shippers are taking advantage of the benefits of outsourced small package auditing.
With the power of the internet at your fingertips, the connotation of auditing has changed. Historically, audits were seen as a costly, intrusive process that often resulted in the assessment of some sort of fine or penalty. However, the internet is making audits become the “best friend” of shippers.