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May 24

2011

FedEx and UPS Discounts: Small Parcel Weight and Zone Incentives

Posted: May 24, 2011

Every January UPS and FedEx tariff rates change. When comparing FedEx vs UPS rates, one has to consider contracted incentives relative to the carrier’s annual price increase. Your contract incentives will more than likely carry over from one year to the next; however, the incentives will now be ap...

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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 09

2011

UPS and FedEx Discounts: Revenue Based Incentives

Posted: May 09, 2011

You'll find revenue-based incentives in most small parcel shipping contracts. UPS uses the term Portfolio Tier Incentives. FedEx refers to them as Earned FedEx Discounts. Basically, they amount to nothing more than a quantity or volume discount. Some shippers don't like revenue-based incentives; yet, managed properly, they can be fairly advantageous. Carriers like them because in decades...

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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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