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mailing News
March 27, 2018

A Quick Start Guide to Mailing and Shipping with the USPS

Congratulations, you have recently been tasked with mailing operations, now what? Relax, take a deep breath, you got this! Let’s start by focusing on ways to drive savings and in some cases…

operationalvsrate News
March 27, 2018

Should You Pursue Operational or Rate Improvements? Do Both

It’s common for shippers to employ one or maybe two cost-reduction strategies and call it a day. They assume that such initiatives will remove all excess costs from their total…

surveyresults News
March 27, 2018

2016 Parcel Pricing & Benchmarking Survey – Live PARCEL Forum Results Unveiled

For the fourth consecutive year at the PARCEL Forum, Shipware, LLC conducted a live parcel pricing and benchmarking survey in which 56 shippers responded to survey questions about their parcel…

ideamensch News
March 23, 2018

Ideamensch Interview with Trevor Outman

Passion, perseverance, and determination will always produce results, and they are contagious. Trevor Outman, MBA, is co-founder and principal partner of Shipware, a San Diego-based consulting and technology firm that…

hiddenfees News
March 23, 2018

Hidden Fees Exposed: How Retailers Can Save Money on Shipping

If you operate an e-commerce business, chances are good that you’re losing money on parcel shipping. Parcel pricing contracts are complex, typically filled with hidden fees that can dramatically inflate…

packagesondoorstep News
March 23, 2018

Attention FedEx & UPS Shippers: Important Changes For 2017 Holidays

It’s that time of year again! Seasonal retailers are in full-court press to prepare for the fast-approaching busy holiday season. But those of us that rely on FedEx and UPS…

onlineshopping(2) News
March 22, 2018

Competing in the Online Retail World Then and Now (Part 2)

There’s a unique consumer profile for every organization competing in the online retail world. We can broadly identify unique trends that differ from one industry to the next. There are…

clda News
March 22, 2018

Where Do We Fit? How Regional Carriers Fit Into the Supply Chain Along With the Big Two

An Interview with CLDA Keynote Speaker Rob Martinez, President and CEO Shipware, LLC In a world dominated by two big delivery players, how can regional and specialized carriers find their…

rateincrease News
March 22, 2018

Shipware’s Analysis of the FedEx General Rate Increases for 2017

With each year’s General Rate Increase announcement, shippers inevitably ask, “How much is this really going to cost me?” This year, it got quite a bit harder to answer that…

USPS News
March 21, 2018

USPS Price Increase & Impact on Shippers

Rather than an across the board increase, the USPS has carefully selected areas where there is room to raise pricing while still maintaining its competitive edge (ie; residential delivery). The…

prioritymail News
March 21, 2018

Parcel Shippers: New USPS Priority Mail Undercuts UPS & FedEx Pricing!

Package growth is the Postal Service’s greatest hope to maintain solvency. Apart from direct mail, the only shining star within all the USPS business segments is Shipping and Package. For…

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March 21, 2018

How to Maximize the Value of Mail through Best Practices

The Mail Center Manager is in a key position to dramatically increase the value and performance of the mail they process. In many cases it simply isn’t in the job…

fedexonerate News
March 21, 2018

How Does “FedEx One Rate” Compare to USPS Flat Rate Products?

“Imitation is not just the sincerest form of flattery – it’s the sincerest form of learning.” — George Bernard Shaw It seems FedEx has taken a page right out of…

presents News
March 21, 2018

Seasonal Shippers: Don’t Overlook Important Step Prior to Holiday Shipping!

This time of year, E-Tailers are finalizing preparations for seasonal sales spikes. Efforts have included everything from stockpiling inventories to bolstering the labor force. However, one important and necessary action…

rateincrease News
March 21, 2018

UPS Announces 2015 General Rate Increase

Effective December 29, 2014, the published rates for UPS services will increase. UPS Ground, Air and International rates will increase an average net 4.9%. UPS air freight rates within and…

pricingchanges News
March 19, 2018

Impact of 2015 UPS & FedEx Dimensional Pricing Changes

In our observations, the vast majority of volume parcel shippers have tried to mitigate the impact of the 2015 dimensional pricing changes through a number of strategies including: Carrier contract…

holidayshippingtips News
March 16, 2018

Holiday Shipping Tips: What You Should Be Doing NOW to Make the Season Merry and Bright

With the memories of the well publicized 2013 Christmas delivery failures still fresh on the minds of consumers and e-tailers alike, leading retailers have already begun preparing a shipping strategy…

increasedrates News
March 16, 2018

Attention Fedex and UPS Ground Shippers: New Carriers Policies for 2015 Amount to Largest Rate Increase Ever!

By now it’s likely you’ve heard that both FedEx and UPS are revising pricing policies for Ground packages, moving from weight-based to pricing based on package size starting in 2015. Currently,…

amazonparceldelivery News
March 16, 2018

Amazon Becoming a Parcel Delivery Company, Competing with the Likes of Fedex and UPS?

Amazon has been testing the use of its own delivery vehicles in Los Angeles, New York City and San Francisco following an earlier pilot in the U.K. Industry insiders have…

amazon News
March 16, 2018

5 Ways Retailers Can Survive Amazon

Amazon’s recent announcement that it will acquire Whole Foods for the small price of $13.7 billion represents the latest chapter in the company’s unprecedented evolution from apparent bookstore to retail…

shippingman News
March 15, 2018

Hey Regional Carriers! Shippers Want to Do Business With You. What Are You Waiting For? Interview with Rob Martinez

Shippers want to do business with regional carriers, but most don’t. In fact, less than 10 percent of shippers with billion dollar parcel spends say that they make significant use…

negotiation News
March 15, 2018

Reach ‘Yes’ Successfully: 3 Strategies for Effective Negotiating

Negotiation isn’t just a part of business. It’s a part of life. Every single day, we negotiate to get what we want, whether it’s with a spouse to determine what’s…

parcelboxes News
March 14, 2018

Five Easy Ways to Reduce Your Parcel Expenses

Here are 5 tips you can use to reduce your parcel expenses:   1. Modal Optimization: Restructuring business rules to route packages by cost of transit and service times. 2….

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December 8, 2017

Operational Improvements vs Carrier Contract Improvements

PARCEL Magazine – Reducing Parcel Costs – Operational Improvements vs Carrier Rate Improvements

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November 20, 2017

E-commerce Shipping Costs Continue to Rise

E-commerce Shipping Costs Continue to Rise;

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October 30, 2017

Rethinking Parcel Spend

Rethinking Parcel Spend

UPStruck News
October 26, 2017

UPS 2018 General Rate Increase and Other Changes

Effective December 24, 2017 (yes, you read that correctly), rates for UPS Ground, UPS Air and International services as well as UPS Air Freight rates within and the between the…

overpaying News
October 10, 2017

6 Ways to Avoid Overpaying for Shipping

For supply chain executives, reducing shipping costs can seem like a never-ending quest, and FedEx is about to make that journey even more arduous. In September, FedEx announced rate increases…

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October 9, 2017

FedEx 2018 Rate Increase A Deeper Dive

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October 6, 2017

USPS 2018 Price Increase Impact on Shippers

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September 14, 2017

Stamps.com under scrutiny – update on changes to the USPS Reseller programs and potential impact to small volume shippers

fedexupsholiday News
September 13, 2017

2017 FedEx & UPS Holiday Surcharge Increases 

UPS In June, UPS announced a new peak season charge applicable during selected weeks in November and December 2017 for U.S. Residential, Large Packages and packages Over Maximum Limits. The…

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September 13, 2017

FedEx UPS Holiday Changes for 2017 – MCM 

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semi-truck News
September 13, 2017

Factors to Consider in the Utilization of LTL vs UPS and Fedex Hundredweight Programs

For many shippers, the decision to ship freight via Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) versus one of the parcel carriers’ hundredweight programs can be challenging, as there are advantages and disadvantages to both….

signature News
September 13, 2017

Using Carrier Differences to Gain Leverage in Your Next Parcel Contract Negotiation

Dozens, if not hundreds, of articles have been published in PARCEL on contract negotiation: the do’s, the don’ts, benchmarking, cost basis negotiations, and so on. While these tips are valuable…

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March 2, 2017

2017 Parcel Express Roundtable: Paying For Peak Performance

It can be hard to believe that very much happens in a year, but that theory is put to the test when it comes to the parcel express market. In…

minimizecosts News
October 5, 2016

Minimize Shipping Costs with Parcel Data Analysis

Business data is as old as commerce itself, but the relatively new technologies that allow supply and demand chain executives to utilize that data are drastically changing the way companies…

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June 20, 2016

Shipware Analysis of 2016 USPS Price Increases for Competitive Products 

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priceincrease News
June 17, 2016

Oops They Did It Again…FedEx Increases Fuel Surcharges on All Products Effective Nov 2, 2015

On the heels of a fuel surcharge adjustment just this February 2015, FedEx is once again adjusting its fuel surcharge index nine months later. Effective November 2, 2015, fuel surcharges…

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June 17, 2016

Shipware & PARCEL’s 2015 Parcel Pricing & Benchmarking Survey – Results Unveiled (Oct 2015) 

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ironmanswim News
June 17, 2016

How Training Like an Ironman Can Take Your Business to the Next Level

An Ironman race is one of the world’s toughest endurance events. It consists of a 2.4-mile swim and a 112-mile bike ride, followed by a marathon (26.2-mile run). Ironically, growing…

businessdecision News
June 17, 2016

UPS Announces 2016 General Rate Increase and Fuel Surcharge Changes 

Effective December 28, 2015, UPS Ground rates and accessorial charges will increase by an average net 4.9 percent. UPS Air and International services and accessorials, including UPS Air Freight rates…

packagingmatters News
April 28, 2016

2016 Parcel Express RoundTable: Packaging Matters

When gauging the state of the parcel market, there seems to be an interminable list of moving parts contributing to its complexity. On that list we find the ever-increasing pressures…

onlineshopping News
April 15, 2016

Competing in the Online Retail World – Then and Now (Part 1)

The number one reason online shoppers abandon their cart at checkout is due to the spike in price when shipping fees are included. National parcel carriers continue to implement monumental…

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November 4, 2015

Understanding 2016 Parcel Rate Changes: What You Need to Know to Mitigate Cost Increases in 2016

Date: Thursday, December 3, 2015 2:00 PM ET ¦ 11:00 AM PT Presenters: Rob Martinez,  DLP, CMDSS President and CEO Shipware, LLC   Krish Iyer, Director, Shipping & Logistics Solutions,…

fedextruck News
September 17, 2015

FedEx Announces 2016 General Rate Increase & Other Changes: Shipware Analysis

FedEx Express, FedEx Ground and FedEx Freight, subsidiaries of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX), will increase shipping rates effective January 4, 2016 as follows: FedEx Express will increase shipping rates by…

businessinterview News
August 24, 2015

“Parceling” Out the Future: Interview with Industry Thought Leader Rob Martinez

Those looking for a “steady as she goes” transport climate should steer clear of parcel. E-commerce’s explosive growth has translated into enormous traffic gains. There are all sorts of new…

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August 24, 2015

Perspective on Regional Carriers for 2015 – PARCEL 

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parceldeliveryman News
August 24, 2015

Top 10 Mistakes Parcel Shippers Continue to Make in 2014 

Having met with thousands of parcel shippers over the past 25 years, I’ve compiled a list of recurring mistakes shippers continue to make. And it’s costing shippers big time –…

samedaydelivery News
August 24, 2015

Same Day Crowd-Sourced Delivery Options to Penetrate but Not Disrupt Next Day Models

If “crowdsourcing” companies like Deliv, Uber, Roadie and Lyft offer merchants pricing that is similar to UPS and FedEx – or if retailers subsidize and price same day shipping costs in…

regionalparcels News
June 17, 2015

Regional Parcel Carriers’ Industry Updates for 2015

What’s new with the regional parcel carriers in 2015? It’s safe to say, a tremendous amount of growth and change! The Greek philosopher Heraclitus’ famous quote – The only thing…

fedexvehicle News
April 20, 2015

2015 Parcel Express Roundtable: Shippers Looking for Leverage

While the parcel express and ground delivery market may not be as diversified as other modes, that doesn’t diminish the fact that the market is on very solid footing, with…

fedextruck News
April 20, 2015

FedEx SmartPost to Raise Rates Again

While FedEx SmartPost has not made any public announcements as of this publication, select customers have received written notifications of a price change effective April 27, 2015. Early indications are…

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February 2, 2015

UPS to Increase Fuel Surcharges on All Products Effective Feb 2, 2015

In spite of plummeting oil prices, UPS just changed the tables used to calculate fuel surcharges resulting in yet another rate increase for shippers. New, higher fuel surcharges for UPS…

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January 6, 2015

FedEx Increases Fuel Surcharges – Shipping Insights 12-31-14 

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News
December 10, 2014

New Independent Retailer Article

An Essential Guide for Online Sellers Top Strategies for Free Shipping: Part II

fedexfleet News
October 6, 2014

Fedex Announces 2015 General Rate Increase

FedEx Express, FedEx Ground and FedEx Freight will increase shipping rates effective January 5, 2015. FedEx Express will increase shipping rates by an average of 4.9% for U.S. domestic, U.S….

freighttruck News
October 6, 2014

Martinez Interview in I LOVE FASHION RETAIL – Shipping Tips for eCommerce Fashion Startups

Every Start-up Online Retailer has to deal with this. An otherwise amazing seller with a brilliant range of products gets its first few orders from its newly launched website. The shipment…

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October 6, 2014

Shipware extensively quoted in DC Velocity on UPS dimensional pricing 

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October 6, 2014

Shipware Media Hits – September 2014 

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shippingtruck News
October 6, 2014

Top 10 Strategies to Afford “Free” Shipping! An Essential Guide for Online Sellers

If you are not offering some type of free shipping today, research shows that you’re losing sales, customer loyalty, revenue per sale and product margin. You simply have to do…

internationalshipping News
September 19, 2014

Regional Parcel Carriers Take on Dimensional Ground Pricing Changes for 2015

Both FedEx and UPS have announced major pricing changes for Ground products in 2015. Each will apply dimensional weight pricing to all Ground shipments with no dimensional exception. Currently, dimensional…

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September 19, 2014

CLDA Interview – Competing with the Big Two

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September 19, 2014

How Shipping Affects the Customer Experience – Shipware Quoted Extensively – MCM August 2014

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regionalmap News
July 7, 2014

Lower Costs and Improve Service with Regional Parcel Carriers

Regional carriers such as Courier Express, Eastern Connection, Express Courier International, LaserShip, Lone Star Overnight, OnTrac, Pitt-Ohio, Prestige Delivery and Spee-Dee Delivery cover more than 85% of the U.S. population…

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July 7, 2014

World-Class Strategies for Sourcing Global Parcel Transportation Rates & Contracts

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July 7, 2014

New PARCEL Article Available For Download

Lower Costs Improve Service with Regional Parcel Carriers - PARCEL 5-23-14
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June 19, 2014

Shipping Insights – UPS FedEx DIM Rate Increases for 2015

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May 21, 2014

Shipware Quoted in Wall Street Journal

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fedexrateincrease News
May 9, 2014

Attention FedEx Ground & Home Delivery Shippers: Major Rate Increase Just Announced!

One of the largest rate increases in the history of the parcel industry was just announced. Effective January 1, 2015, FedEx Ground will apply dimensional weight pricing to all shipments….

News
May 3, 2014

New Blog Post

Retail Online Integration – Shipping Insights by Rob Martinez Amazon Evolving Into a Parcel Delivery Company, Competing With FedEx and UPS?

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April 17, 2014

Shipware Session Descriptions – Operations Summit 2014

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April 17, 2014

New Logistics Management Article Available For Download

Transportation Best Practices: 2014 Parcel Express Roundtable - Do your homework
roundtablediscussion News
April 14, 2014

2014 Parcel Express Roundtable: Do Your Homework

When it comes to assessing the various facets of the transportation and logistics landscape, it’s no secret that parcel express and ground activities follow a different playbook than other modes….

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March 20, 2014

PARCEL Webcast – Ecommerce Dilemma – Shipware Slides – PDF Version

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March 20, 2014

PARCEL Webinar Slides Now Available for Download

PARCEL Webcast - Ecommerce Dilemma - Shipware Slides - PDF Version Read more about the webinar here.
conferences News
March 6, 2014

2014/2015 Conference Calendar for Supply Chain, Distribution, Postal, Specialized Industry and More

The value of attending conferences is significant: Learn from a combination of expert and peer-led presentations on trends and strategies to improve processes, enhance quality, reduce costs and do your…

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March 6, 2014

New PARCEL Article Available For Download

2014/2015 Conference Calendar for Supply Chain, Distribution, Postal, Specialized Industry and More

News
March 5, 2014

New Article Published

Retail Online Integration – Shipping Insights by Rob Martinez 2014-2015 Conference Calendar for Supply Chain, Distribution, Postal, Specialized Industry and More

commercialandresidentialshipping News
March 4, 2014

What the USPS Shipping Services Pricing Changes means to Commercial & Residential Shippers

Every time the USPS announces rate changes all the stakeholders come out of the woodwork, with many of them bemoaning the increases and how it will impact their operation. Relax!…

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February 1, 2014

New Article Published

Logistics Management – Transportation Best Practices: 2014 Parcel Express Roundtable Roundtable discussion including Rob Martinez of Shipware LLC –Transportation Best Practices: 2014 Parcel Express Roundtable – Do your homework

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November 22, 2013

2014 UPS Rates Announced

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November 22, 2013

Shipping Insights – Improve Parcel Rates for Holiday Volumes – Oct 2013

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USPS News
November 22, 2013

What the USPS Shipping Services Pricing Changes Means to Commercial Shippers

Every time the USPS announces rate changes all the stakeholders come out of the woodwork, with many of them bemoaning the increases and how it will impact their operation. Relax!…

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November 22, 2013

2014 FedEx Express Rate Increases – PARCEL

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parceloptions News
November 22, 2013

Confused About FedEx SmartPost, UPS SurePost and Other Deferred Residential Parcel Options?

Google FedEx SmartPost or UPS SurePost, and plenty of hits show up in the search results. Some reviews are positive, extoling benefits that include cost effectiveness and fewer surcharges over…

News
November 22, 2013

UPS Announces 2014 Rates for Air, Ground and International Parcel Products

By Rob Martinez, DLP, CMDSS President & CEO, Shipware, LLC Today, UPS announced its 2014 General Rate Increase (GRI). Ground, Air and International parcel products will increase an average of…

News
November 20, 2013

New Articles Published

How Does “FedEx One Rate” Compare to USPS Flat Rate Products? Published Mail: The Journal of Communication Distribution 12/13 – Comparing FedEx One Rate With USPS Flat Rate Products What the…

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October 1, 2013

Shipware at Parcel Forum 2013

WS100: Pre-Conference Workshop – Analyze, Negotiate and Optimize Like the Pros! Monday, October 7th, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM EXCLUSIVE for qualified logistics professionals only. If you are responsible for managing parcel…

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September 27, 2013

Benchmarking Transportation Rates MCM – May 2010

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