The Right Shipping Software Can Take the Guesswork Out of Carrier Service Selection

Posted on May 21, 2019
The right shipping software can take the guesswork out of carrier service selection

eCommerce is blowing up the traditional lines that used to differentiate transportation modes.  Increasingly, consumers are demanding free and faster delivery for more types of goods than ever before, including appliances, furniture, food, and clothing.  Retailers are responding with omnichannel fulfillment and shipping strategies to reduce the cost of free shipping while staying true to their delivery promise.  

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Don’t Think You Need Parcel as Part of Your TMS? Think Again.

Posted on May 07, 2019
Shipping Parcels

Those shipping in the B2C space realize that parcels are huge. Well, physically, most aren’t, however, as a whole, the parcel shipping industry is booming. 

The global parcel market was almost $380 billion (USD) in 2018, up from just over $340 billion (USD) in 2017, according to the Global Parcel Delivery Market Insight Report 2019, and growth is expected through 2023.

Spurring this on is the growth of eCommerce—and the omnichannel shipping methods being adopted by many e-tailers. Globally, online purchases account for slightly over 10 percent of total retail sales, up from around 5 percent in 2012, according to the report.

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Tech Tip Tuesday - Comparing Carrier Ground Rates Can Save You Time and Money

Posted on May 07, 2019

Every day, shippers are faced with the growing complexity of ground options and differing service coverage areas making it difficult to select the “best” carrier for their organization’s shipping needs. This leads to them having to have a multi-carrier strategy that requires a multi-carrier software system.

Transtream users understand the value of Intelligent Rate Shopping because it ensures they meet customer expectations for delivery at the lowest cost while helping shippers provide consumers more options for carriers and service.

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Consumer Trends Favor Increased Use of Local Delivery Services

Posted on April 30, 2019
Local Delivery

Consumers want cheaper and faster delivery, or else. The only way retailers can achieve both is to ship from inventory sources located closer to their customers.

Pitney Bowes’ recent Retail (R)Evolution 2019 event served up a smorgasbord of great information about eCommerce logistics, transportation, and consumer trends.  Many of the takeaways suggest a shift in the way goods will be delivered in the future: 

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Pierbridge Moving into Expanded Office Space to Accommodate Growth

Posted on April 30, 2019
Pierbridge office in Marlborough. Mass.

Pierbridge, Inc., the industry-leading developer of multi-carrier shipping software and part of the WiseTech Global group, is quadrupling its U.S. footprint with a move into new office space in Marlborough, Mass. The new office will accommodate Pierbridge’s rapid growth, following investment in sales, marketing, and development resources. 

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In the End, All Delivery is Local

Posted on April 23, 2019
Omnichannel Shipping

To keep up with consumer demands for fast and free shipping, as well as a personalized experience with premium services ranging from Sunday delivery to white glove service, retailers are shipping from an endless aisle made up of fulfillment centers, stores, 3PL warehouses, and suppliers to achieve faster delivery at reduced shipping costs. And increasingly they are using alternative delivery services, including local carriers, to do it.

 This has led to a jigsaw puzzle of sorts as shippers access this expanding global network of local carrier services in a way that will enable retailers, eCommerce merchants, and 3PLs to meet rising consumer expectations.

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Multi-Carrier APIs Can Help You Control the Cost of ‘Free’ Shipping in These 5 Areas

Posted on April 16, 2019
Multi-Carrier Shipping APIs

Shipping isn’t free. At least not for shippers. For them, it’s about carefully managing transportation costs at all points in the order delivery cycle. 

Even as parcel demand continues to push shipping costs up at twice the rate of inflation, consumers increasingly expect free shipping, as well as fast and on-time delivery. For eCommerce players, costs are measured in shopping cart abandonment, customer attrition, and margins. By using multi-carrier shipping APIs across the enterprise, merchants can realize the best of both worlds: customer loyalty and reduced costs. 

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From Carton to Container: Pack for Shipping Success

Posted on April 09, 2019
Pack for Shipping Success

Efficiency, leanness, cost-cutting. These are all mantras of businesses in today’s highly competitive markets. When it comes to packing shipments, these terms carry even more weight—especially when it comes to dimensional (DIM) weight rating.

Carriers use DIM weight rating to determine shipping costs based on weight, distance, and carton size, instead of just weight and distance. DIM weight is figured by multiplying the carton’s length, width, and height, and then dividing that result by a special number, called a "dimensional weight divisor," "DIM divisor," or "DIM factor." And we have seen the divisor drop steadily over the past few years. Each time carriers reduce the divisor, poorly packed cartons are more likely to yield a higher dimensional weight than being billed for the actual weight, adding costs for what amounts to shipping air.

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Pierbridge Quality Management System Now ISO 9001:2015 Certified

Posted on April 02, 2019
BSI ISO certification logo
Pierbridge has been certified by BSI to ISO 9001 under certificate number FS 695148.

Pierbridge has achieved certification from the British Standards Institution (BSI) for the world's most recognized quality management standard— ISO 9001:2015.

Pierbridge's achievement demonstrates not only the presence of a robust quality management system (QMS) operating across the organization but is an indicator of how committed the organization is to meeting, and wherever possible, exceeding our customers’ expectations.

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