When you think of the biggest shopping day of the year, your first thought might be Black Friday. That’s understandable—over the years, it’s become synonymous with the idea of deep sales and the commencement of the holiday shopping season.
Feeling the pressure of the holidays this year? Don’t worry—you’re not the only one. It’s not just shippers who struggle this time of year to meet customer demand, but their carriers as well as they rush to meet holiday deliver deadlines amidst surging orders.
Earlier this year, FedEx® announced it would change its dimensional weight divisor for US domestic shipments. Starting January 2, 2017, the FedEx Express and FedEx Ground US domestic dimensional divisor will be changed from 166 to 139.
We watch the industry’s “big two” shippers to make sure we have the latest information to help you save on your parcel spend. In this post, we share a round-up of recent UPS® news, along with what you should watch for that may affect you.
Following in the footsteps of the “Big Two,” DHL Express recently announced its 2017 general rate increase (GRI) and it’s—yep, you guessed it—an average of 4.9% for U.S. account holders.
Travis Rhoades, our Director of Data Science, authored a guest column on Big Data for PARCEL magazine.
Thanksgiving is just days away. And with it comes the kick-off of the peak shipping season—also known as the parcel industry’s Super Bowl. Online retailers will see shipping volume spike in the last few weeks of 2016. It’s a chance for them to gain financial ground if the first three quarters of the year didn’t meet expectations.
Both UPS and FedEx recently announced their 2017 General Rate Increases, or GRI. This year, the carriers announced their GRI about six weeks earlier than usual, meaning we can expect to see the SurePost and SmartPost rates soon.
If you’re a CFO or a controller, you don’t often get to be the hero. Sometimes, you’re tasked with fun tasks such as finding capital and deploying it on activities that will increase the long-term value of the business.
Data. It’s important. Especially when it can make the difference of tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars for shippers, having access to—and a deeper understanding of—the data within a shipping profile. But it can also be important for carriers.