Last month, we posted a blog about how upcoming changes in U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulations are expected to greatly streamline customs clearance for cross-border parcel shipments.
As we discussed, statistics indicate that online shoppers are getting increasing comfortable buying from merchants located in other countries. This has resulted in a “parcel tsunami” at the borders and has overwhelmed freight forwarders and customs officials who are used to handling much larger shipments.
UPDATE: We recently co-hosted a webinar with Labelmaster where we discussed not only staying up-to-date with regulations, but also how to handle the challenges and opportunities of the emerging omnichannel shipping world in which more shippers are operating when shipping dangerous goods. Read this guest blog written by Labelmaster's Brian Beetz to make sure you are aware of some of this year's regulations and then watch the on-demand webinar "How to Stay Dangerous Goods Compliant and Optimize Parcel Shipping in the Brave New Omnichannel Shipping World” to hear him and Pierbridge's Scott Moore discuss the best way to overcome the challenges facing retailers and others shipping from an endless aisle.
As more consumers use their connected devices to shop from an endless aisle, retail and eCommerce players are increasingly shipping from omnichannel fulfillment points where inventory is closer to their customers. But not only is eCommerce as a whole growing, cross-border shopping is growing at about twice the rate of domestic eCommerce, which means that omnichannel fulfillment networks are extending to overseas suppliers.
The continuing growth of eCommerce has led to what we have termed a global parcel tsunami. Additionally, traditional brick-and-mortar retailers’ utilization of an omnichannel, multi-carrier strategy to deliver customers’ products faster and cheaper, whether they are around the corner or around the world, is pushing parcel numbers even higher.
As described in our recent blog on the topic, eCommerce has driven global parcel shipment volumes sky high. Consumers are more comfortable than ever buying from eCommerce vendors located overseas. This has resulted in an avalanche of inbound packages that has overwhelmed U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) resources, whose systems have historically been geared to processing larger containers. This is expected to change in Q4/2019.
UPDATE: There are times of the year that we know our wonderful, and helpful content may be missed. The week of July 4th is just one of those occasions. We hate to think that you might miss something as important as making a choice between ground and LTL for your shipping, so we decided to post this again to make sure you get this valuable information [well, that and our blog editor is on vacation].
As the distinction between parcel and freight modes continues to blur, smart shippers save money by comparing the aggregate cost of individual parcels with total freight costs.
However, switching back and forth between multiple systems to compare parcel and freight pricing is time-consuming and prone to errors. When time is of the essence, shipping personnel sometimes take the path of least resistance and pick the mode they are most familiar with or easiest to process, which can lead to lost profits.
You’re working hard to satisfy customers’ demands for fast, free delivery. This means that you are shipping from multiple locations and using multiple carriers to not only get products to customers quickly but to keep costs down as well. However, you realize how difficult managing a decentralized cargo chain can be.
No longer are shoppers limited by in-stock inventory at the closest mall. Driven by the growth of eCommerce, today’s shoppers—especially younger ones—are now shopping globally from their laptops, tablets, and phones, driving unprecedented parcel shipping volumes around the world. Meanwhile, big eCommerce is shifting the customer mindset toward free and faster shipping, regardless of the distance and price of the item being shipped.
As both B2B and B2C eCommerce pick up international steam, the need for a well-managed global cargo chain is more important than ever.
With many moving parts made up of people, information, processes, and resources—that must all work together to get the item from the first mile to the last mile—there are plenty of chances for it to misfire, leaving customers unhappy and logistics costs high.
For consumers, the final leg of delivery, the last mile, is what really counts. They don’t care about the sausage being made, how the item is picked and packed in the warehouse, put in a carton, stacked on pallets … oh well, you know the steps. What they do see is that final piece of the delivery puzzle when the item they ordered a day, a week, a month ago, is left on the doorstep, placed in a locker or car, or carried across the threshold and set up in the home.
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