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Oct 25

2021

UPS, FedEx & DHL Invoicing Costs

Posted: Oct 25, 2021

Looking for ways to reduce shipping expenses but not sure where to start? Lojistic’s free cost savings automation and analytics platform automatically identifies cost reduction opportunities  for UPS, FedEx and DHL shippers. Whether it's through ...

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Sep 30

2021

Regional Carriers

Posted: Sep 30, 2021

Using regional carriers can be an effective strategy to offset your UPS, FedEx and DHL costs and fill some of the gaps in your shipping network. If you need help in determining whether or not a regional carrier would benefit your business, ...

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Sep 13

2021

Upcoming FedEx Surcharges: Here We Go Again (2021 Edition)

Posted: Sep 13, 2021

New FedEx surcharges are rolling out... again. First, some backstory. At the beginning of the year, FedEx announced that they were implementing peak season surcharges. And in June, they announced increases to thos...

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Sep 11

2021

Use This GL Coding Tip to Save Time & Money

Posted: Sep 11, 2021

At Lojistic, we consider GL coding to be a soft cost savings. We offer it to all of our clients for free. But before we get into that, let's clarify what GL coding is. What is GL Coding? First, GL stands ...

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Sep 09

2021

UPS and FedEx Peak Holiday Shipping 2021

Posted: Sep 09, 2021

Shipping with UPS and FedEx continues to get more and more expensive - especially during the holidays.   Editor’s Note: We’ll continue to keep this post updated with new information as it’s released by UPS and FedEx throughout the peak holiday season. Bookmark this page and check back often to...

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Sep 09

2021

What's The Problem with UPS Contract Optimization & Negotiation Right Now?

Posted: Sep 09, 2021

Recently, UPS has taken a hardline position on contract optimization and negotiation. We’ve heard about shippers going to UPS to negotiate their contracts and UPS taking a hard stance on not negotiating. ...

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Sep 08

2021

Billed Weight, Actual Weight, and Dimensional Weight: What's the Difference?

Posted: Sep 08, 2021

What’s the difference between actual weight, dimensional weight, and billed weight? It seems like a simple question, but the details can have a real impact on your shipping costs. What is Actual Weight? ...

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Sep 07

2021

Ready to Take Control of Your Controllable Shipping Fees?

Posted: Sep 07, 2021

What are controllable shipping fees? Fees in the small parcel industry are often referred to as accessorial fees....

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Sep 05

2021

Why Analytics Matter for Improving Parcel Rates

Posted: Sep 05, 2021

Today we are talking about improving parcel rates and why analytics matter for shippers. More specifically, why analytics are so important for allowing shippers to improve their parcel rates. One of the most effec...

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Jul 01

2021

Win a Free Month of UPS/FedEx Shipping For Your Business Plus $500 For Yourself

Posted: Jul 01, 2021

Everyone who creates a new Lojistic account by July 31, 2021 automatically has a chance to win a free month of UPS/FedEx shipping for their business and $500 for themself....

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Jun 03

2021

Lojistic Platform Tutorial Video: UPS, FedEx & DHL Cost Savings Opportunities

Posted: Jun 03, 2021

If your business is struggling to control growing shipping costs, or you’re looking for ways to reduce your UPS, FedEx and/or DHL expenses, but you don’t know where to start, use Lojistic. The Lojistic platform was developed for all ...

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Apr 19

2021

ReadyPay: Is the World Ready?

Posted: Apr 19, 2021

Are you ready for ReadyPay? What is ReadyPay? ReadyPay is a Lojistic service for auditing bills and paying carriers for shippers. Most often, companies that need a service like this and can benefit...

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Mar 29

2021

LTL Rates & Audit: The Best Tips for Shippers

Posted: Mar 29, 2021

Today we're talking about all things less-than-load, and more specifically, LTL rates and audits. But first, since shipping terms can quickly become ‘acronym soup,’ let’s discuss what LTL really means. What are LTL Rates? When you have a full truckload of things to ship, you essentially ‘buy’ a whole truck. It moves across the country, and that's what you pay fo...

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Mar 22

2021

Guaranteed Deliveries: How to Get Guaranteed Deliveries and Shipping Credits

Posted: Mar 22, 2021

There's been lots of conversation about guaranteed deliveries and a shipper's ability to file for credits in 2020 and this year. And if that doesn't quite make sense right now, it will. UPDATE March 29, 2021: Shippers still do not have the ability to file for refunds for late deliveries. Both UPS and FedEx have given no i...

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Mar 15

2021

Comparing Shipping Rates: How to Get the Best Contracts

Posted: Mar 15, 2021

Comparing shipping rates, or performing a shipping rate comparison, is essential for shippers who want to maximize their budgets. Why Comparing Shipping Rates Matters Let's say two people operate similar ...

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Mar 08

2021

Negotiation Tips: When Should You Renegotiate Your Shipping Contract?

Posted: Mar 08, 2021

Lots of shippers would benefit from some negotiation tips for getting better UPS and FedEx contracts. We've helped countless companies optimize contracts and negotiate better rates with UPS and FedEx. One of the m...

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Mar 01

2021

What We Know About FedEx Service Guarantees Now

Posted: Mar 01, 2021

The future of FedEx service guarantees and delivery policies are in flux right now. And it's important for shippers to know what's happening to leverage that information to make good business decisions. The Futur...

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Feb 03

2021

Shippers Use The Air vs Ground Dashboard To Reduce Costs

Posted: Feb 03, 2021

UPS and FedEx have made it increasingly expensive to get your packages to your customers quickly. So, how do you strike the perfect balance of cost-effectiveness and fast delivery? Often, shippers make transpor...

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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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Aug 13

2020

Top Misconceptions Keeping Shippers from a Best-In-Class Carrier Agreement

Posted: Aug 13, 2020

Today we’re discussing some of the top misconceptions keeping shippers from a best-in-class carrier agreement. Let’s start by defining what a best-in-class carrier agreement is. What is a Best-in-C...

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Aug 11

2020

Applying Newton’s Laws to Parcel Negotiations

Posted: Aug 11, 2020

Editor's Note: This post has been updated with new links and content. Original Publication Date: January 18, 2016 Everyone's heard of Newton's Universal Laws of Motion. Today we’re discussing Lojistic's laws of parcel negotiation. ...

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Aug 04

2020

In Parcel Shipping, Size Matters

Posted: Aug 04, 2020

Editor's Note: This post has been updated with new links and content. Original Publication Date: April 1, 2016 Today we’re discussing dimensional weight, an important topic for shippers and anyone involved in the supply chain. But before we get into what dimensional weight is, let’s start with how shipping rates are calculated a...

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Jul 30

2020

Shipping Rate Negotiation Tactics

Posted: Jul 30, 2020

Editor's Note: This post has been updated with new links and content. Original Publication Date: December 2, 2011 Today we’re discussing one of our favorite topics, shipping rate negotiation tactics and negotiating carrier...

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Jul 02

2020

How To Become a FedEx & UPS Power User

Posted: Jul 02, 2020

Publisher's Note: This post has been updated with new links and content. Original Publication Date: May 1, 2017 In this post, we’ll help you understand how to become a FedEx and UPS power user. Let's start at the beginning with what FedEx and UPS power users are. ...

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Dec 16

2019

Optimizing Your Parcel Contracts Will Get You Results

Posted: Dec 16, 2019

Optimizing your parcel contracts will not leave you feeling uncertain. No one wants to feel like their contract is anything less than the most efficient in the market. Contracts can be very complex and cumbersome. And if you're not a contract expert with a parcel, there's a chance some ...

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Dec 09

2019

2019 Holiday Shipping Guide

Posted: Dec 09, 2019

Peak shipping season is here and to ensure your packages are delivered in time for the Holidays, download our Holiday Shipping Deadline Calendar below. In addition, please be aware of this year’s Peak Season surcharges. On October 1, 2019, UPS implemented the following Peak Season surcharges: Peak Season Large Package Surcharge* = Additional $31.45 per package Peak...

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Dec 02

2019

2020 UPS & FedEx Rate Increase

Posted: Dec 02, 2019

It's that time of year once again. UPS & FedEx are dishing out another costly general price increase to small parcel shippers effective December 29, 2019 for UPS and January 6, 2020 for FedEx. It is important to understand that the announced UPS & FedEx rate increases are only averages and the impact on your company could vary greatly. Over the past decade (2010-2020), UPS and Fed...

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Jul 18

2019

Find Out How To Get The Best Negotiated Rates Possible This Year

Posted: Jul 18, 2019

Negotiated Rates Affect Your Business Negotiated rates with UPS and FedEx could help your business and I am here to explain why that is. What I'm answering is the question of, what is a negotiated rate with UPS and FedEx? Inconsistent pricing from FedEx and UPS is something many companies are dealing ...

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Jul 11

2019

Is The UPS Billable Weight Costing You More Important Money?

Posted: Jul 11, 2019

UPS Billable Weight Is Important To Understand UPS billable weight is an important topic worth talking about. There are a couple of variables that go into determining UPS billable weight. So, shipping rates depend on three variables. You have the ...

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Jun 06

2019

UPS Waiver Makes Sense if You Have Had Enough of High Charges

Posted: Jun 06, 2019

UPS Waiver Basics There are a few things to remember about a UPS waiver. For those of you shipping with UPS, you're aware that they guarantee their services. This excludes their hybrid services. For example, let's say that you're shipping a package from Southern California to New York. Based on the service t...

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May 02

2019

Lowering UPS Shipping Rates: Awesome Tips That Will Make You Save Money

Posted: May 02, 2019

Lowering UPS Shipping Rates: First Steps The best way for lowering UPS shipping rates is to get detailed reports on your current shipping. This should include all the relevant characteristics. It should be things like your average cost is by service level and your average discounts. Take a look at those, especially if your last negotiated contract was about six to nine months ag...

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Apr 23

2019

FedEx Shipping Rates That Will Make Your Head Explode

Posted: Apr 23, 2019

FedEx Shipping Rates: Important Tips to Keep in Mind There aren't unique shipping charges or surcharges in FedEx shipping rates compared to UPS. They actually both have very similar charges and surcharges. The main thing that you want to take into account are the differences in those charges. UPS might call somethi...

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Apr 18

2019

Lowering FedEx Shipping Rates: Had Enough of High Charges?

Posted: Apr 18, 2019

Lowering Shipping Rates: Some Basics to Remember Here are some things to keep in mind about lowering FedEx shipping rates. The clearest, easiest way is to renegotiate the contract. So, to do to lower your FedEx rates is to take account the timeframe in which you last negotiated your contract. As long as it's within a si...

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Apr 16

2019

Freight Audit Differences: How to Make the Most of Your Audit

Posted: Apr 16, 2019

Freight Audit Differences to Keep in Mind Now, there aren't a lot of differences between a freight audit from one carrier to another. But there are subtle differences in the rules that each carrier adds to their tariffs. For example, Old Dominion Freight Lines will allow up to 20 linear feet of space on the truck. After that, you get ...

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Apr 11

2019

Data Visualization is a Powerful Breakthrough in Shipping Technology

Posted: Apr 11, 2019

Data Visualization Explained Data visualization is the graphical representation of information and data. Using visual elements like charts, graphs, and maps data visualization tools is valuable. They provide an accessible way to understand trends, outliers, and patterns in data. In the world of big data, data visualization tools and technologies are essential. We need them to an...

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Apr 09

2019

Freight Payment as the Hack to Big Payback on Shipping Costs

Posted: Apr 09, 2019

Freight Payment Issues Explained It is primary to ensure that all your freight payment invoices are being audited. Much of it starts with negotiating the carrier pricing that you received to begin with. Everything that follows is a result of that contract. What you need to make sure is that all your carriers adhere to ...

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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 21

2019

Service Level Optimization Is What Happens When You Target Profit

Posted: Mar 21, 2019

Service Level Optimization Defined Service level optimization is a powerful tool for a business that relies on shipping. There are a few opportunities that a lot of businesses who are shipping often have the opportunity to do. In particular, to reduce their shipping costs. To do this, they must approach service level optimization on a tactical level. By that, I mean look at these servi...

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Mar 14

2019

UPS Quantum View: When You See It Keep So Much of Your Money...

Posted: Mar 14, 2019

UPS Quantum View Keeps Your Money So as you can imagine, UPS looks down on the parcel auditing industry. Now, why might this be, you ask? It's because auditing services, like Lojistic, returns money to the shipper or custo...

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Mar 07

2019

FedEx Contracts: Changes You Need to Know

Posted: Mar 07, 2019

FedEx Contracts Have Changed FedEx contracts have changed like UPS. In fact, FedEx calls it over-max fee while UPS calls it unauthorized charge fee. It's the same thing. It's for packages that are heavy and lar...

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Mar 05

2019

UPS Service Guarantee: An Expert Reveals Insider Tips

Posted: Mar 05, 2019

UPS Service Guarantee: What to Know Here are important things to know about a UPS service guarantee. When you ship a package with them in any way, they offer a UPS service guarantee. Here's an example. Say I want to ship a package to New York and want to ship it either next day air, next day air saver, or ground. It comes with a delivery guarantee. This means that they're going to guar...

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Feb 28

2019

Parcel Audit: Savings Emerging from Hidden Sources

Posted: Feb 28, 2019

Parcel Audit Defined Parcel audit is auditing your weekly carrier invoices to make sure they're righteous. It also makes sure you're paying the right amount every week. The three things you need to look for in a parcel audit are: Results Visibility Analytics The audit itself is a pretty commoditized service. A lot of folks do it. Also, a lot...

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Feb 21

2019

UPS Contracts: Latest Important Updates Noted for 2019

Posted: Feb 21, 2019

UPS Contracts: Changes to Know UPS contracts changed in 2019. I would say some of the most notable impacts have been in some of the surcharges. So, in 2018, UPS took a massive increase in their over-max fee. That's when you're shipping very large packages, whether it be long or heavy. That fee went from $300 to $650 by the end of the year. This year that fee is still in effect. This is...

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Feb 19

2019

Rate Negotiation Helps Compare and Bargain for Best Prices

Posted: Feb 19, 2019

Rate Negotiation Considerations Rate negotiation is an important thing for customers to understand. Customers ask, "What's the difference between the different types of negotiations?" And there is one specific term that we like to use sometimes and that's a rate ...

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Feb 14

2019

Parcel Negotiation: Savings Delivered from Focused Technology

Posted: Feb 14, 2019

Parcel Negotiation Basics Parcel negotiation is the time of the year when you enter into a negotiation with a parcel carrier. It could be with a carrier like UPS or FedEx. What you're trying to do is get the best of what you can get out of the carrier from a rate perspec...

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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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Jan 17

2019

Shipping Costs: The Good, The Bad, and The Best

Posted: Jan 17, 2019

In a global economy you have internal/external pressures to maintain high levels of performance at the same time managing the costs between customers and carriers. The challenge is managing your parcel shipping costs while continuing to reflect the capabilities that makes your company truly unique and drive its value. These capabilities stand out as true different...

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Jan 10

2019

Five Tips for Negotiating Anything From Cars to Parcel Carrier Contracts

Posted: Jan 10, 2019

These five rules apply to everything from negotiating the price you’ll pay for your next car to getting a better deal on the donuts you’re bringing into the office on Friday.  When applied to negotiating your parcel carrier contracts however, following these rules may save you enough to buy a fleet of cars, or enough donuts for your whole office building....

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Jan 08

2019

The Art and Science of Negotiating a “Best in Class” Carrier Agreement

Posted: Jan 08, 2019

“I’m a really bad negotiator”, said no one ever.  Especially in logistics. Case in point, I was on a sales call last week and the gentleman responsible for negotiating the existing UPS and FedEx contracts for his company was VERY confident in his shrewd negotiation skills.  “My new parcel rates are amazing. I just negotiated a 9% savings with my incumben...

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Jul 03

2018

How to Hire a Parcel Audit Company: Top Questions to Ask

Posted: Jul 03, 2018

Let's start right at the beginning. Most people don’t know what a parcel audit is. A parcel audit is the task of going through each and every shipping invoice to look at carrier service errors you can be refunded for. The process is extremely tedious and time consuming. This is where 3rd party parcel audi...

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Jul 03

2018

Top 4 Reasons To Use A Parcel Audit Company

Posted: Jul 03, 2018

You have the achy feeling that somehow, someway, your parcel shipping is draining your company of valuable revenue. Every month you see profits melt away with ever increasing shipping invoice bills that you have no idea if they are correct or just plain filled with mistakes and lost saving opportunities. What are you missing in terms of savings and knowledge abou...

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Jun 21

2017

UPS Peak Surcharges

Posted: Jun 21, 2017

UPS Peak Surcharges Arrives in the Parcel World *Updated with SurePost Peak Surcharge After experimenting on several high-volume peak shippers last year, UPS announced on Monday that it is implementing Peak Surcharges on select packages tendered bet...

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Jun 13

2017

Parcel Forum 2017 Conference Line-Up Announced

Posted: Jun 13, 2017

Parcel Forum 2017 has just announced their conference line-up. Our very own parcel analytics gurus Bryan Van Suchtelen and James Matthews will be proudly representing Lojistic at the Forum this year. ...

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Aug 18

2016

Parcel Shipping Insurance From Lojistic Can Lead To Monumental Savings!

Posted: Aug 18, 2016

From lost packages to damaged shipments, shipping insurance is a great way to protect against everything that could happen when a package leaves a warehouse on its way to a destination. The shipping insurance provided by UPS and FedEx is pretty darn expensive, though. And the coverage isn’t that comprehensive. Usually, shippers will gravitate to the shipping insurance provided...

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Aug 03

2016

The Hidden Benefits Of A Parcel Audit

Posted: Aug 03, 2016

A parcel audit is a great risk-free way to find out if you’re overpaying your carriers for invoicing errors and late shipments. They are easily implemented, take little to no operational effort to set-up, and can generate significant savings. But what most shippers don’t know is that a parcel audit (or freight audit) can play ...

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Jul 29

2016

Addressing Address Correction Fees

Posted: Jul 29, 2016

$13 can buy you a lot of things. Like lunch, a movie ticket, a couple beers, or a large pizza. $13 also happens to be the amount you’re charged for an address correction fee on your shipping invoices. And if you’re a high-volume shipper, those $13 charges can add up really quick. The good news is that there are ways to prevent these charges from being incurred. And if somehow they ...

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Jun 23

2016

Easy Freight Discounts With the Lojistic Wholesale Rate Marketplace

Posted: Jun 23, 2016

Freight shipping costs can add up quickly, and as a big shipper, we’re sure you already knew that. But what most freight shippers don’t know is that there is a super easy way to achieve potentially huge freight cost savings with basically no operational costs required. Oh, and there’s no additional manpower required to secure the savings. One of the easiest ways to secure significa...

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May 11

2016

Service Level Optimization - Getting the Best Bang for Your Buck

Posted: May 11, 2016

Not many shippers know that almost all UPS and FedEx service levels have time in-transit delivery guarantees. Crazy, right? Even ground services have a guarantee to be delivered within a certain time frame.  If a shipment is even one minute late, you are most likely entitled to a refund. While a parcel audit will find an...

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Jan 26

2016

5 Things You Need To Look For In Your Parcel Bill

Posted: Jan 26, 2016

If you’re starting to get the feeling that UPS and FedEx are taking on the personalities of the Airlines and are charging fee after fee on top of the actual shipping charges, you’re right! Anyone who ships frequently with UPS or FedEx already knows how difficult it is to make sense of the carrier invoices. Often, companies who ship more than just a few shipments each week find it nearly imp...

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Dec 03

2015

6 Best Practices To Prevent Shipping Costs From Eroding Your Margins

Posted: Dec 03, 2015

Over the past decade, UPS & FedEx have increased their Ground tariff rates 54.9% and their Air tariffs 61.8-66.1%. Those aren’t exactly small numbers. Adding insult to injury, these figures do not include the infamous Dimensional Weight pricing changes of 2011 and 2015… ouch! With the 2016 General Rate Increase right around the corner, equip yourself with these best practices to help mi...

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Jul 22

2015

Your Carrier Relationship, Your Parcel Audit, and You

Posted: Jul 22, 2015

Shipping costs are über-important. For an expense that makes up (on average) 10% of your top line, they definitely deserve your undivided attention. Maintaining a solid relationship with your carrier reps can lead to improved discounts, incentives, and more. No doubt you’ve worked hard to negotiate a competitive pricing agreement and it behooves you to protect aga...

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May 13

2015

How Companies Can Afford To Offer Free Shipping

Posted: May 13, 2015

Is offering free shipping to your customers worth it? Absolutely! Recent research by Accent has shown that 88% of consumers would be more likely to make a purchase from an online shop if they were promised free shipping. That’s a huge number. If you’re shipping B2C, read on – this is impo...

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May 07

2015

7 Common Misconceptions About Parcel Auditing 

Posted: May 07, 2015

Chances are that if you’re reading this, you are already familiar with parcel auditing. If you’re not, feel free to brush up on your knowledge on our parcel audit page. Regardless of your level of familiarity, we thought it pertinent to help inform the general public on some of the common misconceptions...

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Jun 25

2014

UPS Announces 2015 DIM Price Increase

Posted: Jun 25, 2014

Six weeks ago FedEx announced what will likely be the single largest rate increase on record for many shippers.  As predicted, UPS announced that they are following FedEx’s lead.  Effective Monday, December 29, 2014, UPS will impose dimensional weight (DIM) pricing on all Ground packages. To varying degrees, this change w...

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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 28

2013

How to Write a Freight Claim

Posted: May 28, 2013

Freight claims can be very complex and even a freight claim form itself can present challenging issues to an enterprise, compounding the problems such a form is meant to address in the first place. If a freight claim form is filled out incorrectly, the end result can be difficulty making and supporting your freight claims, which can cost your business a great deal of money. Every step of gather...

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Apr 12

2013

Why Does Shipping and Handling Cost So Much?

Posted: Apr 12, 2013

Cost is a perennial concern in everything to do with logistics. Shipping and handling costs make up a major part of the money spent on logistics by most companies in a given year, and so, many efforts are undertaken to reduce shipping and handling costs by improving contract terms and optimizing carrier relationships. However, con...

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Apr 09

2013

How to Determine Shipping Cost

Posted: Apr 09, 2013

Are you wondering how to determine shipping costs? Shipping costs are, of course, among the most important factors involved in determining the costs of your entire logistics operation. In order to make sure that you understand your costs and can plan for them in the future, you should standardize them to the extent possible. This requires a thorough, point-by-point review of the most basic oper...

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Mar 29

2013

What is Reverse Logistics?

Posted: Mar 29, 2013

It’s a very common question these days: What is reverse logistics? In many different industries, reverse logistics is becoming more and more important to building brand loyalty and safeguarding the bottom line. Reverse logistic operations can be complex, but they are truly worthwhile to those enterprises who engage in them in an appropriately methodical way. But what is reverse logisti...

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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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Mar 11

2013

What are the Steps to Audit Freight Bills?

Posted: Mar 11, 2013

If your organization is serious about capturing true value from logistics, lifting it out of the service role and making it a true profit center for your business, you will have to take steps that many more conventional organizations would not bother with. In so doing, you stand to capture millions in savings and contribute to significant gains in your sales and revenue figures based on the exc...

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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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Feb 08

2013

Top 5 Hidden Costs of Logistics

Posted: Feb 08, 2013

Wondering about your true logistics costs? Logistics costs are mutable, not fixed, so any one category of logistic cost is subject to your enterprise’s own efforts. Logistic cost analysis is a crucial first step to finding any logistic cost that is out of step with the needs and expectations of your business. In fact, it is the first thing that you need to do in order to implement a truly com...

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Feb 04

2013

Basic Costs of Transportation - How to Save

Posted: Feb 04, 2013

No matter how simple or relatively complex your logistics operations may be, there are certain logistics costs that you will have to be concerned with. Luckily, professionals in most industries will have the opportunity to turn these costs over to various carriers and other logistics services and will not have to concern themselves directly with things like the cost of fuel, long haul trucks, t...

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Jan 31

2013

Why Is It Important to Compare Shipping Options?

Posted: Jan 31, 2013

Shipping comparison is one of the most important ways that you can save money on your logistics needs, but that does not mean it is easy to do an enterprise-wide shipping cost comparison. When you compare shipping costs, it is important to be methodical and ensure that you are taking all the pertinent factors into account. That being the case, you might wonder if the investment of time and effo...

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Jan 21

2013

How to Reduce Shipping Costs

Posted: Jan 21, 2013

Wondering how to reduce shipping costs? It is important to cut transportation costs in order to make your supply chain agile and ensure that your logistics efforts are sustainable. Many small and medium-sized businesses do not always realize the magnitude of cost savings as applied to logistics costs. When logistics costs are streamlined, a savings of even a few fractions of a penny per transac...

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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 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 06

2012

The Necessity of Logistics & Freight Auditing Companies in a Global eCommerce World

Posted: Sep 06, 2012

In a span of less than two decades, the Internet has managed to completely change the way we buy and sell goods and services. Can you recall a time when you couldn’t just hop on your computer and buy tickets to an event, apply for a job or even calculate shipping costs? If it seems like a hazy memory, that’s probably because we are a...

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Aug 29

2012

Reduce Shipping Costs by Looking at your Shipping Invoice

Posted: Aug 29, 2012

The economy is still slowly recovering, and many businesses are still trying to do their best and make the most profit as possible. Some businesses are contending with harsh decisions like cutting personnel or services that may be very crucial and difficult to move on without. The good news is that there are efficient and guaranteed ways to go about creating savings without having to make these...

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Jun 25

2012

How to Prepare for the FedEx Mid-Year Rate Increase

Posted: Jun 25, 2012

If you haven’t heard yet, FedEx announced a mid-year rate increase by 6.9% on July 9th, 2012.  This rate increase is not uncommon, happening already at the beginning of the year with rate increases from both major carriers.  However, the question that is sure to appear on many people’s mind is how this rate increase will affect their business.  In past years, these rate increases heavily...

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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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Apr 27

2012

Understanding Shipping Lingo to Reduce Shipping Costs

Posted: Apr 27, 2012

When you make shipments through either FedEx or UPS, when was the last time you thought about how much of the shipping costs you could actually be saving?  In reality, one of the easiest ways to save money is to focus on reducing your shipping costs.  We’ve gone over a variety of ways you can be saving your company money on shipping from parcel audits to instructions on how to write a shipp...

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Mar 16

2012

Reduce Shipping Costs with an Audit Trial

Posted: Mar 16, 2012

There are many ways to reduce shipping costs, but many companies are intimidated by the amount of work that they perceive to be necessary for such savings.  However, one solution is very easy-to-find that these same companies may not be aware is right in front of them - their carrier invoice.  Why?  Nearly ...

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Mar 09

2012

Why A Parcel Audit Can Help Your Company Reduce Shipping Costs

Posted: Mar 09, 2012

Reducing shipping costs has become an important point of discussion for many businesses with the recovering economic situation.  However, although it may seem easy to accomplish at first, the actual practice is much tougher to implement as businesses must question whether they need to cut services or shipment options.  The ...

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Feb 24

2012

Logistics Technology to Help Reduce Shipping Costs

Posted: Feb 24, 2012

There are many different ways to help reduce shipping costs.  Using a third party company can help not only showcase a different perspective but also bring in both an experienced team and new technology, such as with Source Consulting.  Source has a bevy of different and guaranteed methods to helping shippers watch...

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Feb 03

2012

Reducing Costs Through Shipping Comparison Tools

Posted: Feb 03, 2012

Shipping rates can vary quite a lot among carriers for any given package whether you ship few or many packages.  For this reason, you should be utilizing a comparison tool to reduce your shipping costs! When you use these shipping comparison tools, they make it easier to save on shipping costs.  For example, one tool will let you compare different sets of UPS or FedEx rate schedules fo...

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Jan 13

2012

Reducing Shipping Costs Through Optimizing Carrier Services

Posted: Jan 13, 2012

There are many ways to reduce shipping costs.  One efficient way of accomplishing this task is by improving one’s organization policies related to carrier service level selection for shipments. Why? Because nearly all UPS and FedEx service levels have in-transit delivery guarantees, in which packages will definitely be delivered in a certain time frame. Thus, shippers should look to m...

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Jan 06

2012

Money Saving Shipping Tips and the Importance of a FedEx & UPS Rate Comparison

Posted: Jan 06, 2012

In order to flourish in today’s tough, hyper-competitive business climate, you need an edge. The place to start, naturally, is by cutting back on expenses. If your business is a major shipper, the fastest (but maybe not most obvious) way to do this is to reduce your shipping costs. If you use either UPS or FedEx, which chances are you do, it’s important to perform a FedEx/UPS rate compariso...

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Dec 19

2011

Why Billing Errors Happen & What You Can Do to Combat Them

Posted: Dec 19, 2011

Billing errors on your shipping invoice may be a surprise to some companies. With the advancements in technology and the automated process of shipments, why would there be errors on UPS and FedEx invoices?  The problem is that mistakes do happen and are slipping by those companies that do not realize it. Why do billing errors happen? There are two main reasons: One, even though much of ...

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Nov 17

2011

Accessorial Charges and How To Get Past Them

Posted: Nov 17, 2011

There are a number of erroneous charges that can appear on your shipping invoice, the number one complaint of carriers being accessorial charges. But what exactly are they?  These charges are supplemental to transportation charges and calculated using a number of minuscule, but important variables including pick-up and delivery criteria.  There are many accessorial charges just for one packag...

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Nov 11

2011

The Confusion of UPS and FedEx Discounts

Posted: Nov 11, 2011

There are discounts available from UPS and FedEx for both small and large businesses.  These deals, however, are not standardized.  A company often must be knowledgeable of what level of discount is possible if they are to receive great shipping rates.  Many companies negotiating with shipping carriers will not successfully achieve best-in-class shipping rates due to a lack of information....

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Sep 11

2011

How to Discount FedEx and UPS Shipping Costs

Posted: Sep 11, 2011

Shipping with FedEx and UPS can be very costly. Over the last year, prices have risen substantially. However, there are some simple things that budget-conscious customers can do to discount FedEx and UPS shipping costs without sacrificing delivery speed. Use Third Party Insurance FedEx and UPS Shi...

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Sep 06

2011

How To Lower Shipping Costs and Maintain Customer Expectations

Posted: Sep 06, 2011

Though you may want to reduce your company's shipping costs, you don't want to diminish your customer's experience in the process. When packages arrive on-time, customers recognize, appreciate, and reward such efficient operations in the form of repeat purchases and word-of-mouth promotion. This all sounds great for your business, but how can you slash your shipping costs while maintaining cust...

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Sep 01

2011

3 Easy Ways to Lower and Discount Freight Costs

Posted: Sep 01, 2011

By closely evaluating your business’s shipping and distribution patterns, you may identify many areas that you can easily discount freight costs. Below are 3 simple practices that will allow you to effectively assess your current practices, and help you identify areas for improvement. Logistics Reporting Logistics reporting is essential in effectively ev...

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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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Aug 22

2011

FedEx and UPS Discounts: Audit to Save on Freight and Parcel Costs

Posted: Aug 22, 2011

In the current, uncertain economic environment, when fuel costs are constantly fluctuating, corporations can overspend thousands of dollars with national carriers like UPS and FedEx. Many executives are unaware that they can achieve substantial costs savings simply by monitoring and challenging UPS and FedEx on-time delivery guarantees and taking advantage of FedEx and UPS discounts. An...

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Aug 17

2011

30-DAY SHIPPING AUDIT TRIAL

Posted: Aug 17, 2011

Virtually every carrier invoice received by your company contains erroneous charges that should be refunded to you. Most carrier billing errors are the result of human error and oversight, which occur regularly and continuously. These overcharges amount to much more than mere “chump change”! Your carrier deserves to be paid for services rendered and you deserve to be billed accurat...

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Aug 02

2011

Maximize Your Shipping Discounts

Posted: Aug 02, 2011

Contrary to what some may think, carriers do not have a uniform system for determining the level of shipping discounts and incentives offered to one shipper versus the next. Numerous variables contribute to the carrier’s process of extending any price better than their tariff rates. Certainly there are shipper characteristics that are commonly considered when a carrier is evaluating the leve...

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Jul 28

2011

Optimize UPS and FedEx Shipping Service Level Usage

Posted: Jul 28, 2011

Did you know that nearly all UPS and FedEx service levels have time in-transit delivery guarantees? Even ground services have a guarantee to be delivered within a certain time frame. Many shippers can significantly reduce shipping costs by improving their organization’s policies and practices related to carrier service level selection for any given ship...

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Jul 18

2011

Getting Discounts on UPS and FedEx Accessorial Fees

Posted: Jul 18, 2011

Accessorial charges that are assessed while a shipment is in-transit or upon its delivery can present an important cost management issue for businesses. Since many companies charge their customer for shipping when an order is placed, it is problematic when the actual shipping charges exceed expectations due to accessorial fees. With shipping costs that exceed the associated revenue collected fr...

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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 27

2011

Frequent and Costly UPS & FedEx Billing Errors

Posted: Jun 27, 2011

Given the advanced technology and automated systems, it is a common (invalid) assumption that the customer billing systems of carriers such as UPS and FedEx are infallible and afford little to no room for billing errors. Shippers subscribing to this line of thought are committing a considerable oversight. Although many components of a carrier’s billing process are automated, there are ...

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Jun 23

2011

Comparing Shipping Costs Amid A Problematic Industry

Posted: Jun 23, 2011

Most freight bill auditing companies would tell you that things were going well for their customers until the summer's end in 2008. That's when the credit crisis and worldwide recession hit, causing the commodity and freight markets to collapse. Shipping line operators suffered due to decreased trade, shipyards were inundated with ...

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Jun 08

2011

Improving Package Security can Lower Freight Costs

Posted: Jun 08, 2011

To protect your packages, you have a variety of tactics and seal options to choose from. Yes, freight costs have gone up, but you shouldn't scrimp on package security. For starters, you need to establish just how vulnerable your carrier has been to theft. That means taking a close look at the carriers' t...

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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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May 04

2011

Using Freight Auditing Companies to Unravel Parcel Shipping Contract Complexities

Posted: May 04, 2011

Parcel shipping contracts are becoming increasingly complex. Many of these contacts are written to confuse shippers and protect the carrier. The wording, created by lawyers, is designed to obfuscate the reader to the point where they simply give up, trust the oral explanation and the promised impact of any proposed freight discounts. It's no wonder so many shippers have engaged freight auditing...

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Apr 30

2011

Guaranteed Service Refund (GSR) Waivers and How Parcel Auditing Can Help

Posted: Apr 30, 2011

While FedEx and UPS guarantee the on-time delivery of your packages, not every shipment is on time. If they're just one minute late, you may be entitled to a 100 percent refund of the shipping charges. They will honor this guarantee—but only after you do some considerable legwork. This can get pretty complicated, especially if you ship hundreds of packages a week or month. After tracking you...

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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 21

2011

Freight Contract Negotiation: How to Avoid International Shipping Problems

Posted: Apr 21, 2011

You can avoid many of the most common international shipping problems if you follow a few simple steps. Keep in mind that it's not easy to compare services and prices when you're dealing with an international shipper. When you negotiate freight rates for international shipments… "let the buyer beware" ...

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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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Apr 03

2011

Negotiating a FedEx Discount

Posted: Apr 03, 2011

Shipping costs are going up, especially with the global crises in Japan and the Middle East affecting oil prices. But you can negotiate lower rates with FedEx. When negotiating for discount FedEx rates, work with the manager at the local distribution center and request a lower rate. Ask him or her to analyze your account...

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Mar 28

2011

Address Correction Charges Can Add Up Fast

Posted: Mar 28, 2011

To reduce shipping costs, you need to be mindful of address correction charges. These bill-backs can quickly add tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars annually to your freight cost. Major carriers like UPS or FedEx will impose address correction charges for incorrectly-formatted or improperly addressed mail and packages. This...

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Mar 22

2011

Negotiating UPS Discounts

Posted: Mar 22, 2011

Gas prices are up and so are UPS rates. But you can negotiate with UPS if you know how. When negotiating discount UPS rates it's important to establish a rapport with the manager at the local distribution center. After you have asked them to reduce shipping rates they and their pricing depar...

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Mar 10

2011

How to Reduce Shipping Costs

Posted: Mar 10, 2011

How you reduce shipping costs can impact the profitability of your business. As a business owner, you can opt to raise your prices to compensate for today's higher shipping costs.  But if you're smart, you'll avoid this trap, as it will make you less competitive in the long run. O...

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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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