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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Big Impact of Dim Weight Changes on Shipping Costs

If you ship packages, especially less dense packages, you’re probably aware of the dimensional weight changes that went into effect in January 2011 for both FedEx and UPS rates. To encourage denser packaging, FedEx and UPS dropped the dim weight divisor from 194 to 166. Sounds innocuous enough, but what does it mean?

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Should I hire a consultant to negotiate my shipping contract?

Not necessarily. Freight consultants add value by applying industry insight to a company’s unique shipping profile in order to optimize carrier discounts throughout the negotiation process. Interpreting parcel carrier tariffs can be as daunting as navigating the tax code, so consultants play a role similar to that of tax accountants. Hiring a professional with an read more…

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