A scary future

Remember the straw man from your high school debate club? No debate club? Ok, a straw man is that misrepresented point that you put up because it’s easier to defeat than your opponents real argument. It’s bad practice, but common political theatre. A debater’s dream is a real opposition argument that is so utterly bizarre, read more…

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On Parcel Audits and Bureaucratic Overreach

In my last post I whined about the pathetic lack of national interest in all things parcel audit. Tragically, ‘Parcel audit’ ranks just above ‘crustacean ACL repair’, googled only by that narrow audience of supply chain professionals who eat, sleep, and breathe efficient logistics. As one such supply chain professional, I see most things in read more…

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Amazon’s Prime Air

We knew it would happen. Just not how and when. On Prime Day Amazon formally launched their air cargo service with a network of about 40 Boeing 767-300s. They offer supplemental shipping capacity to boost the services provided by UPS, FedEx, USPS, and some 20 others. Supplemental? For now, at least. With Amazon’s shipping costs read more…

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Amazon’s unmarked cargo vans

It’s old news that ecommerce continues to shake up the shipping world. Sunday afternoon an unmarked white van with a non-uniformed driver dropped an Amazon box at my door. Maybe the driver was following protocol, maybe not, but it confirmed what I already knew – Amazon uses just about any means possible to get packages read more…

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Loss and Damage Claims

Holiday season gets a bit crazy on the shipping front. With that seasonal volume bump, there’s also a bump in lost and damaged packages. It’s a pain for the customer, the shipper and, face it, the carrier as well. What to do about it? Processing loss and damage claims is a hassle. Doing it well read more…

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What is Carrier Contract Optimization?

Whatever your particular forte, if it’s not transportation spend management, you’ll want to bring in the pros when negotiating your next carrier contract. FedEx and UPS contracts can be rather onerous to interpret. The language is mostly straight-forward, but the impact on your unique business is elusive. What they don’t show you is what you read more…

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UPS Sued over Declared Value Charge

UPS again plays the role of Defendant this New Year in a class action lawsuit filed in the State of Michigan. One Steven Sitak of Michigan, and International Samaritan, a charitable organization serving the poor in Latin America, have filed a class action lawsuit against UPS with the help of the Complex Litigation Group LLC.┬áThe read more…

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Business Intelligence for Parcel Shippers

The story from Business Week, March 2009 was “Business Intelligence Software’s Time is Now“. ┬áThe writer tells of companies growing more creative in their use of data-mining tools to extract cost-cutting and revenue-enhancing operational solutions in the wake of recessionary economics. Interesting. But, from our perspective at least, not news. We assume every company wants read more…

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Shipping Audit Savings – True Confession

The question is reasonable and inevitable – “How much can I save with your shipping cost recovery services?” The answer may seem elusive coming from industry professionals, but it’s simply true – “Don’t know”. Yes, we have historical comparisons from ‘similar’ shippers, and estimates by carrier, but until we have the live data in the read more…

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