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Reflections on the 2017 Holiday Parcel Shipping Rush Posted on January 17, 2018
Pierbridge Reflections on 2017 Holiday Parcel Shipping Rush

More consumers were expected to go online to make their holiday purchases this year, and they did not disappoint. Small parcel carriers, having learned their lesson from past years, prepared for the season with more staff, expanded delivery hours, and additional resources - and in some cases, new Peak Season Surcharges.

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Parcel Shipping Trends to Watch for in 2018 Posted on January 12, 2018
Pierbridge parcel shipping trends

If necessity was the mother of invention, desperation was the father. And desperation is currently driving a lot of change within the eCommerce space as businesses struggle to keep up with the ever-increasing demand for faster and cheaper delivery. Heading into 2018, the focus for most online retailers is to find and implement ways to remain competitive against their biggest threat – Amazon. The successful ones will do so by taking advantage of new market opportunities and delivery technologies that help protect already thin margins.

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How to Better Control Parcel Shipping Costs and Avoid Unnecessary Expenditures Posted on January 03, 2018
Control Parcel Shipping Costs

Parcel shipping is getting expensive. The recent announcements by UPS and FedEx that rates will increase an average of 4.9% in 2018 came as no surprise to anyone, even with the current rate of inflation at 2.2%. That means rates are outpacing inflation by … well you can do the arithmetic.

eCommerce continues to drive the demand for parcel delivery services to new heights. It has become a critical issue for many businesses to reduce the cost of “free” parcel shipping without sacrificing service. This is hard to do when there is a margin-agnostic elephant in the room – Amazon. In 2016, the company’s shipping revenue amounted to $8.98 billion whereas its outbound shipping costs were $16.17 billion. That’s a loss of over $7 billion. And it continues to raise the free shipping bar with premium last-mile delivery services, including 2-day, same-day, and Sunday delivery in urban areas.

Clearly, most companies cannot directly compete with that. To keep up, eCommerce businesses need to focus on how they can protect their margins and control shipping costs. Here are 5 things shippers can and should be doing to keep costs in check.

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In the press

Top 5 Ways Cartonization Can Help You Avoid Unexpected Dimensional Rates

"UPS and FedEx’s recent carrier dim weight rate changes have prompted shippers to look for new ways to cost-effectively optimize carton-packing processes. Cartonization software has been around for many years, but until recently, most options haven’t taken transportation costs into account..."


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