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Shipping Industry News

Apr 18, 2019

Top Strategies Shippers Should Focus On

There’s no end in sight for the growth of the e-commerce market. First, retail as a sector just keeps growing. According to MasterCard’s annual Spending Pulse report, retail sales grew 5.1 percent year-over-year in the 2018 holiday season, reaching a total of $850 billion. And second, every year more and more of those sales take place online — e-commerce business is thriving more than ever. Sellers with digital storefronts don’t have to absorb the costs of brick-and-mortar stores and the employees they require, which can make digital storefronts seem like they offer big savings. But instead, sellers have to develop an e-commerce shipping strategy — one that accounts for both buyer needs and shipping costs. Modern consumers shop around for the best customer experience they can find. That includes the […]

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Apr 16, 2019

How to Use Effective Analytics for Controlling Your Parcel Spend

Shipping is constantly changing, from customer expectations to carrier rates to new technologies. For most shippers, it’s a challenge just to keep up. Understanding the details of how each change impacts your bottom line might feel out of reach. But one result of all this change is that shippers now have access to more information about parcel shipping, and specifically their shipments, than ever before. It may be trapped in invoices or in carrier software, but it’s there. And most if it is available to you. Data is powerful for those who know how to harness it. Descriptive analytics allow shippers to monitor their performance in real or nearly real time and continually evaluate their shipping strategies. Prescriptive analytics project potential futures, giving shippers the power to understand the potential […]

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Apr 11, 2019

Amazon Working on Package Picking Up Robot

Remember when Amazon only sold books? It’s not easy, considering how much Amazon has grown in the last two decades. The enormous company is now a necessity in millions of people’s lives around the world. Its name is shorthand for buying just about anything online. Amazon Prime has an estimated 85 million subscribers in the U.S., or about two in three American households. Amazon is building its own shipping fleet, producing award-winning TV shows, operating thousands of warehouses, offering cloud storage services, and marketing Alexa, one of the leading voice-controlled systems on the market. Many Amazon users have given the company access to their cars or garages so that couriers can deliver packages there. The latest Amazon initiative to catch our eyes was reported by The Spoon, a website reporting […]

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Apr 09, 2019

How to Determine the ROI of Adding Regional Parcel Carriers to Your Carrier Portfolio

When we talk about package delivery, we often focus on the U.S.’s biggest players — FedEx and UPS, and just behind them, the U.S. Postal Service and DHL. These third-party shipping carriers can move goods through a national network, full of their own trucks, warehouses and employees. But even with the growth of e-commerce, not every package needs to travel from coast to coast. There are many domestic shipping carriers in the U.S. that have smaller geographic footprints. Since these regional carriers cover less ground and typically have fewer clients to manage, they can be more personal, flexible and responsive than national and international carriers. Regional carriers typically have sound networks, local expertise, and much more flexibility in pricing than FedEx and UPS do. They don’t offer the same convenience […]

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Apr 04, 2019

Consider Shipping a Sales Item, Not An Expense

Shipping needs to be a part of your business’s budget from the beginning. In a world of globalized supply chains and global markets, this is already second nature to most retailers and manufacturers. But shipping also needs to be part of your business’s pricing strategy. Setting shipping charges for your products is a critical part of setting up your business. What shipping methods will you offer, and how much will each cost? Having the lowest prices no longer guarantees that you will make the most sales. According to a 2015 report from MetaPack, 66 percent of shoppers chose one retailer over another because they preferred their shipping options. A whopping 96 percent of shoppers said a good delivery experience would make them more likely to shop with a retailer again. […]

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Apr 02, 2019

5 Attractive Elements of the New Sustainable Warehouse

Supply chain managers in all kinds of industries are thinking about how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Many of those conversations have focused on shipping, and specifically on transportation. That’s not without good reason. Trucks and aircraft burn a lot of fuel as they crisscross the country. And in an era of global supply chains, managers need to consider that emissions in the developing world, where regulations may be lax, may far exceed emissions at home. But transportation isn’t the only part of the supply chain that can cut emissions. According to the United States Green Building Council, buildings are responsible for about 41 percent of the country’s energy use, outpacing both the industrial and transportation sectors. Green building — designing new structures that are LEED-certified, use sustainable materials and […]

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