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Apr 05

2021

How to Leverage Freight Management Services This Year

Posted: Apr 05, 2021

Today we're going to talk about freight management services. First, what does that mean? Freight management services can cover a wide range of specific offerings. From a third-party provider like Lojistic, freight...

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Aug 31

2020

How Apparel & Footwear Suppliers + Retailers Increase Profit Through Optimized Shipping

Posted: Aug 31, 2020

Like so many other industries, apparel and footwear suppliers and retailers are feeling the effects of the global pandemic.  For many, mandatory store closures and in-person shopping restrictions have accelerated the shift from brick-and-mortar sales to online sales. While predictions vary, it’s estimated that online sales will increase by 50% industry wide [lumping together apparel +...

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Aug 31

2020

How Beauty & Grooming Suppliers + Retailers Increase Profit Through Optimized Shipping

Posted: Aug 31, 2020

Like so many other industries, beauty, cosmetic, personal care, grooming and health suppliers and retailers are feeling the effects of the global pandemic.  For many, mandatory store closures and in-person shopping restrictions have accelerated the shift from brick-and-mortar sales to online sales. While predictions vary, it’s estimated that online sales will increase by $10B industry...

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Jul 16

2020

What is the Difference Between a Freight Bill and Bill of Lading?

Posted: Jul 16, 2020

Editor's Note: This post has been updated with new links and content. Original Publication Date: March 15, 2013 In the parcel world, the terms freight invoices and bills of lading are used frequently. But what is the difference? ...

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Jun 11

2020

When Should Freight Costs be Recorded in Accounting?

Posted: Jun 11, 2020

Editor's Note: This post has been updated with new links and content. Original Publication Date: May 31, 2013 One of the questions we get a lot is about freight cost accounting — specifically, how to record freight costs in accounting. In this post, we’ll discuss what makes freight accounting different from accounting in other ...

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Dec 23

2019

Top 2020 Parcel Trends That You Should Know About

Posted: Dec 23, 2019

Top 2020 parcel trends are creating smarter shippers and mitigating costs. Trend #1: Rates Will Continue to Rise At the end of every year, UPS and FedEx announce their general price increase for next year. On average, the increase is only around 4.9%. What you don't see in that increase is the surcharges. This year surcharges are going to have a large impact on parcel shi...

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Mar 28

2019

Logistics Software: Expenses Marked Down and Profit Increased

Posted: Mar 28, 2019

Logistics Software and What It Does One of the things about the logistics software is the easy way that we allow people to sign up for audit. One of the things we allow you to do from our website is sign up create an account. You can then connect your carriers. And from that point on we begin ...

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Mar 26

2019

Freight Audit: Behind the Scenes of Marked Down Expenses

Posted: Mar 26, 2019

Freight Audit Basics First, you should never pay a free bill without a freight audit. Now whether you do that yourself or whether you hire a third party to do that, they should audit every bill. The reason for that is: errors happen. In the case of freight, the errors are usually big dollar amounts. When we analyze an invoice, we have software for those errors. We look at every ...

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Mar 19

2019

Supply Chain Consulting is the Best Way to Improve Margins

Posted: Mar 19, 2019

Supply Chain Consulting Defined Supply chain consulting is a wide range of things, so it varies. This includes understanding how to manage your packaging. It means managing your inbound transportation. Also, this means your own fulfillment, warehousing, and ...

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Feb 12

2019

Freight Audit: Proven Way to Check Your Bottom Line

Posted: Feb 12, 2019

Freight Audit Explained A freight audit looks at all your bills and notes from transportation carriers. Then it makes sure that they're accurate. And by accurate we mean that you have a contract with each of these carriers. Were your charges correct? The invoice suggests that it delivered on a certain date, did it? You may have bought certain things like ...

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Feb 07

2019

LTL is a Practical Shipping Solution with Superior Savings

Posted: Feb 07, 2019

LTL Basics Have you ever had a bunch of shipping that you needed to do? It was more than would fit inside of a small box, and it's not so much that you could buy an entire truck? LTL fits that middle need. It is a type of shipping that does run full trucks across the country. But the difference is that LTL takes a pallet or a few from you with other customers who also have one or a few...

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Dec 19

2016

Freight Audit Benefits And Pricing

Posted: Dec 19, 2016

Freight auditing is an all-encompassing term for a broad mix of service models, modes covered, and pricing structures that are chosen to serve your particular freight shipping situation. No two shippers are completely alike so no two freight audit solutions will work the same for all shippers. Knowing your overall freight shipping spend, what modes you primarily ship, what pricing model you pre...

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Jul 01

2013

What Does a Freight Broker Do When a Truck Doesn't Show as Promised?

Posted: Jul 01, 2013

Hopefully, you’ll never have to worry about what to do when a truck doesn’t show as planned. However, this is part of business, and any freight agent or freight shipper should be prepared for this eventuality while dealing with the demands of freight shipping. Human error can result in trucks arriving late or not at all. Although we must hope the situation is a s...

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Jun 21

2013

What is the Job Outlook for Freight Agents Since the Recession?

Posted: Jun 21, 2013

If you have been thinking about becoming a freight agent or a freight broker agent, you may be wondering how freight agent jobs have been doing since the recession. Luckily, logistics is very much a recession-proof industry: Although logistics activity can be dampened in certain areas and at certain times, there will always be a need to move goods from one place to a...

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Jun 18

2013

How to Find New Shippers for Moving Freight

Posted: Jun 18, 2013

Freight shippers vary a great deal in what they can offer your organization, and you might find yourself replacing old shippers or looking for new ones for a wide variety of reasons. A freight shipper may have a great record of performance, but may be unable to meet all of your needs as your business grows. On the other hand, it may be necessary to find freight shipp...

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Jun 07

2013

How to Calculate Air Freight

Posted: Jun 07, 2013

The Complex Topic of Air Freight Calculations and Dimensional Weight If you need to calculate freight, especially air freight, you might find it’s a little bit more complex than it appears at first. That’s because you need to calculate freight shipping using something called volumetric weight, dimensional weight, o...

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May 17

2013

What is Freight Forwarding?

Posted: May 17, 2013

If you are involved in any enterprise that is heavily focused upon logistics, odds are good that you will eventually find yourself selecting a freight forwarder, or perhaps a number of different freight forwarders, to meet your company’s needs. Or, as is often the case, you might be thinking about how to further your career as a freight forwarder after working in a leadership role that has to...

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May 10

2013

How to Become a Freight Broker

Posted: May 10, 2013

Are you considering becoming a freight broker? Freight brokers are an extremely important part of the logistics landscape around the world. A freight broker has important duties that help to ensure cargo transactions go as planned for everyone involved in the process. Also, freight brokers have the opportunity to learn a great deal about logistics conditions in their area of specialization. Thi...

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Apr 19

2013

Are Freight Claims the Shipper or Receiver's Responsibility?

Posted: Apr 19, 2013

If you are involved in logistics or related fields, or in an industry that depends upon logistics in order to be successful, you are well-served by knowing as much as you can about the basics of freight claims. In the event that items in transit are lost or damaged, freight claims are the means of recovering some of that lost value. However, just as in any insurance situation, it is very import...

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Mar 25

2013

What to Look for in Third Party Logistics Providers

Posted: Mar 25, 2013

When it comes to 3rd party logistics, not every company is familiar with the considerations involved. There are many major third party logistics advantages, but capturing them means first finding the right 3rd party logistics company for you. In a field that is growing very fast, getting a handle on the world of 3PL is not necessarily easy. Still, it is worthwhile for you to delve into 3...

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Feb 15

2013

Third Party Logistics - Is It Worth It?

Posted: Feb 15, 2013

It’s reasonable to wonder if third party logistics services are truly worth it for your business. After all, you might have concerns that it will take some time to start up third party logistics for your organization. Third party logistics companies vary in quality and in terms of what they have to offer your bottom line. Plus, trusting third party logistics providers means giving a consultan...

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Oct 31

2012

Tips to "Green" Your Shipping Strategy

Posted: Oct 31, 2012

No matter which method you use for package shipping (sea, land or air), each of them is coupled with an inherent and uncertain amount of pollution. However, with an assortment of services and programs in existence today, you can rest easy knowing that you're doing your part to keep the planet healthily. Here are a few that tips to get y...

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Oct 24

2012

The Greening of the Shipping Industry

Posted: Oct 24, 2012

The tides are turning again for the shipping industry, this time in regards to energy efficiency and environmental friendliness. In the past, there hasn’t been much incentive for any of the world’s major shipping agencies to improve the performance of their ships. Now though, with ship owners being heavily scrutinized on the eco-efficie...

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Oct 10

2012

Mobile Apps to Ease Shipping Troubles

Posted: Oct 10, 2012

Shipping solutions can sometimes feel like more trouble than they’re worth. We know it, and so do you; but this doesn’t have to be the case for the upstart or the entrepreneur. Since the world has grown into an increasingly digital marketplace, more and more solutions to shipping woes are emerging. The legacy ...

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Oct 03

2012

How to Reduce Shipping Costs without Skimping on Customer Service

Posted: Oct 03, 2012

Many businesses are hesitant to complain to the shipping giants responsible for getting their customers’ orders delivered to them on time. They may be aware of the fact that auditing their invoices for mistakes or attempting to renegotiate their carrier contract may save them s...

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Sep 13

2012

Where Is the Risk? - A Look into Supply Chain Risk Management

Posted: Sep 13, 2012

Risk management has been a constant supply chain topic this year, and it’s no surprise-- cataclysmic events have affected many countries in recent times, like the earthquake that shook Japan and the tsunami in Thailand. Natural disasters happen, and they tend to put companies with part of their supply chain in those nations to the test. For some, these events meant...

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Aug 22

2012

Helping the Supply Chain with Sustainable Ideas

Posted: Aug 22, 2012

As the world continues to evolve with new technology, it also brings forth new challenges to businesses and their supply chains.  Luckily, there are many interesting methods and ideas to help the supply chain become more efficient and cost-effective as well as forward-thinking in terms of it’s impact on the world.  One way to be both helpful and cost-savings is to make sure to think of sust...

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Aug 17

2012

The Consequences of the USPS Fallout

Posted: Aug 17, 2012

News headlines are always full of doom and gloom when concerning the US Postal Service (USPS) and with probably good cause.  The USPS’ revenue has steadily been declining since 2001 with the advent of email and technology.  Even with more optimization and efficiency measures along with layoffs and office closings, the USPS lost nearly $3 billion per quarter in 2011 and even more in 2012 as ...

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Aug 10

2012

Two Digital Giants and Their Effects on the Digital Supply Chain

Posted: Aug 10, 2012

The supply chain has stayed fairly traditional in most businesses for a long time as many can easily chart how their supply chain moves about.  However, on the digital front, the concept has constantly been evolving as technology and user interfaces continue to change at a rapid pace.  As we discussed in previous blog posts, these digital players are quite notable players in the supply chain,...

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Aug 02

2012

How the Battle Between FedEx and UPS Affects Your Business

Posted: Aug 02, 2012

Whether you are a business that frequently ships parcels all across the country or an individual shipping small parcels to people in your state, you’re most likely to be using one of two major shipping forces - UPS and FedEx.  They have both controlled and been a part of a long-standing oligarchy in the small parcel delivery services industry with few competitors in their way.  For business...

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Jul 27

2012

Amazon’s Potential Same-Day Delivery Effects on Your Business

Posted: Jul 27, 2012

This blog post isn’t the first we’ve spoken about Amazon and it’s effects on business and carriers.  A few months ago, we explored their acquisition of Kiva, bringing in mechanical robots to help make their supply chains even more efficient.  Coupled with their strong online presence and branding, they are looking to take over both as a consumer’s primary merchant and a potential majo...

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Jul 20

2012

Staying Mindful of Unexpected Regulations Affecting Supply Chains

Posted: Jul 20, 2012

There are many factors to constantly check as a supply chain manager or owner, especially in regards to risk management.  These can include natural disasters to international crises, both of which have made headlines in the past year.  One variable that may not be commonly thought of is domestic regulation.  Many may think that regulations are much more steady and less prone to drastic chang...

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Jul 13

2012

Inspiration in the Logistics & Supply Chain Community

Posted: Jul 13, 2012

Although the supply chain industry is fairly traditional, there is constant opportunity for innovation and further education as both the community and the technologies around us continue to change at a rapid rate.  Sometimes, the best education can come from those who have themselves learned from prior experience.  In this blog post, we’ll explore a few different companies that have been ab...

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Jul 06

2012

Reflecting Back on The State of U.S. Logistics

Posted: Jul 06, 2012

Earlier in June, the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals released their annual State of U.S. Logistics report to their members, reporting on the general trends and observations about US logistics and supply chains in general.  Their findings reflect an interesting intersection between improvement along with obstacles and trouble spots still in the way.  See how the overall report...

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Jun 29

2012

Lessons from the Apparel Industry to the Supply Chain

Posted: Jun 29, 2012

Innovation is a constant topic of debate within logistics and supply chains as businesses continue to try and find more efficient and innovative ways to ease the workflow and create a tighter, more cooperative environment.  Linked with this challenge is the impact of the way business has changed, going from the physical space of an actual store to the unlimited space of the digital realm.  Fr...

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Jun 15

2012

Looking Closer at Shipping Technology

Posted: Jun 15, 2012

There are some difficulties for companies to compensate both their traditional mentality of what works versus the fast-moving digital technology that evolves and changes on a daily basis.  However, it’s important for all companies to be aware of the evolving technology around them not only to be in the know with what’s current but also what can help your company both reduce shipping costs ...

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Jun 08

2012

Social Media in the Supply Chain

Posted: Jun 08, 2012

Digital technology is an integral part of any business, especially in the supply chain.  Fairly obvious inclusions, as we discussed previously, include tablets and smart devices for easier visibility and tracking.  However, one interesting area of digital technology that has been murky for supply chain managers and shipping oriented businesses is the concept of social media.  Is tweeting or ...

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Jun 01

2012

Innovation in the Supply Chain

Posted: Jun 01, 2012

Although supply chains may seem like a quiet space and rigid to traditions, there are many different innovations from all sorts of industrial and technological changes that are aimed to improve and optimize supply chains worldwide.  These different advances range from the transportation sector to the cloud, giving a wide range of disciplines a chance to improve supply chains and logistics for ...

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May 25

2012

Methods to Manage Problems within Your Supply Chain

Posted: May 25, 2012

We’ve previously discussed risk management in the supply chain and the importance of understanding globalized disasters and the best preparation for it.  In this blog post, we wanted to explore some of the more minute details supply chain managers have their hands full with, not only, the day-to-day operations and efficiency of the supply line but also quicker problems that crop up on a dail...

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May 11

2012

Free Online Tools to Help Save on Shipping

Posted: May 11, 2012

There are many methods to helping to save money for your company, especially in reducing shipping costs that are very efficient and doable.  However, one well over-looked area that could help many companies out is simply a few clicks away - online shipping tools that are many times free to use.  These tools are available from numerous the carriers themselves to companies like Source Consultin...

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May 04

2012

The Importance of Optimizing Your Supply Chain with Risk Management

Posted: May 04, 2012

What is risk management?  It is the process of looking at potential sources of disruption to your supply chain that can create financial and physical damage.  The next step would involve the business and supply chain leaders evaluating the assessment and fix the weaker points and preemptively doing their best to prevent the risk from happening in the future.  It may be impossible to prepare ...

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Apr 13

2012

On the History of Logistics and Supply Chains

Posted: Apr 13, 2012

Although we should always be aiming at the future, what is equally as important is to understand our past history and progression of how a concept has evolved and the lessons we can learn of it.  A historical outlook of supply chains and logistics, however, seems relatively difficult to pinpoint down to key moments.  Luckily, Supply Chain and Observer created an intuitive and clean visual tim...

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Apr 09

2012

Integrating Transportation Software and Technology to Reducing Shipping Costs

Posted: Apr 09, 2012

Technological innovations grows at a quick rate with new announcements and progress happening nearly every single week.  However, integrating new transportation software is difficult at times, especially in industries that have been in business for quite a while and more averse to changes.  The shipping industry seems very straightforward and the technological innovations readily apparent; ho...

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Aug 27

2011

Freight Audit Services Can Help Your Business Save on Shipping

Posted: Aug 27, 2011

Besides helping you get the available discounts, a freight audit services provider can assist you to lower your shipping costs. Though FedEx and UPS are reliable, there are instances when they make erroneous billings because of certain factors. Late deliveries, incorrect accessorial charges and address correction charges are some of the c...

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Jul 13

2011

How a Parcel or Freight Audit Can Help Clarify Shipping Liabilities

Posted: Jul 13, 2011

The global economy has increased trade across borders and many businesses have outsourced production to other countries. This has increased the demand for international transport services. While transport safety has improved over the years, goods can still be damaged during transport. Bearing the brunt of this liability is the carrier performing international transports. To avoid liability, a c...

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Jun 13

2011

Parcel Auditing Can Provide Visibility Over Small Parcel Carriers

Posted: Jun 13, 2011

If your company ships a significant amount of small parcel packages, it is a good idea to utilize excellent shipping distribution visibility tools. Ideally, that means real-time shipment status, as well as having location and delivery time information available to customers, suppliers and third-party logistics providers. Some parcel au...

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May 29

2011

A Parcel Audit Can Reveal the Costs of a Late Package Delivery

Posted: May 29, 2011

Determining the actual cost of a package not delivered on time can get pretty complicated, since there are so many aspects to this "failure in service." A parcel audit using an experienced parcel auditor can help identify some of these costs. A parcel auditor can help recover the economic loss of a late package. A parcel audit will...

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May 19

2011

Freight Audit Reporting Tools Can Reduce Shipping Costs

Posted: May 19, 2011

Using a qualified freight auditor to monitor your parcel carrier services can help reduce shipping costs. Logistic reporting can provide a wealth of valuable information that you can use day-in and day-out to improve the efficiency of your business’s distribution practices. For example, reporting from a freight auditor can r...

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May 14

2011

Freight Auditing Services and Your Shipping Invoice Nightmares

Posted: May 14, 2011

Keeping track of endless shipping charges can be a nightmare. If you ship thousands or even hundreds of small packages every month, it's time you looked into freight auditing services. Dealing with an avalanche of invoices and mountains of data can make it very challenging to keep your shipping costs under control. If you're buried un...

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Apr 25

2011

How A Shipping Audit Can Verify Residential Delivery Charges

Posted: Apr 25, 2011

There are shipping audit services that help reduce shipping costs by verifying whether your delivery is residential or commercial. 91 percent of the 140 million Postal Service delivery points fall into the residential category. Most shipping companies charge a higher rate for delivery to a residence...

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Apr 15

2011

All Freight Audit Companies Are NOT Alike

Posted: Apr 15, 2011

The goal of any freight auditing service is to help companies with high shipping volumes reduce shipping costs and streamline their distribution processes. Ideally, the audit firm should provide sufficient shipping rate analytics and logistics auditing technology to optimize your small parcel shipping. Best-in-class freight audit companies will be equipped to provide expert shipping contract ne...

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Apr 09

2011

Top 3 UPS and FedEx Billing Errors & the Need for Freight Auditing

Posted: Apr 09, 2011

Freight auditing services have become critically important since FedEx and UPS errors are present in virtually every invoice. They are often the result of late deliveries, invalid residential delivery charges, and/or incorrect address correction charges. Sometimes packages are manifested but not s...

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Mar 16

2011

Comparing FedEx & UPS Rates

Posted: Mar 16, 2011

If your company does a high volume of shipping and you're being squeezed by your steely-eye comptroller to cut shipping costs, read on. What you need to be a hero is a serious shipping comparison tool. One of these, the ...

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Mar 04

2011

UPS and FedEx Service Guarantees and Your Shipping Audit

Posted: Mar 04, 2011

I was dumbfounded last week to learn a prospective client, spending millions of dollars each year on shipping, was unaware that UPS and FedEx ground services are guaranteed…just like air and international shipments.  “Yeah, we perform our own internal shipping audit...

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