Online Shopping Continues to Fuel International Shipping Growth

Posted on January 14, 2020

As the recent holiday season proved, consumers are shopping online more than ever. In fact, according to Mastercard SpendingPulse™, holiday retail sales increased 3.4 percent while online sales grew a robust 18.8 percent compared to 2018.

This growth of eCommerce has driven global parcel shipping volume to an all-time high as package volume hit 2.75 billion over the peak holiday season, well above the projected 2.45 billion. And more of those packages are crossing borders and having to clear customs.

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4 Blogs Covering the Hottest Parcel Shipping Trends in 2019

Posted on January 07, 2020
Top Pierbridge Blogs of 2019

As the new decade begins, it is a great time to look back while we continue to move ahead. 2019 was a busy year in parcel shipping with a number of trends worth noting.

Global parcel volume reached 87 billion in 2018, up from 74 billion parcels in 2017, and is expected to reach 200 billion by 2025, according to Pitney Bowes. In fact, the largest internet retailer alone delivered 3.5 billion packages globally through its in-house carrier service in 2019. But it was also a busy time for shippers faced with new challenges as they work to deliver more packages to more customers from more places. 

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Pitney Bowes Online Shopping Study Reveals the Power of Easy Returns

Posted on December 10, 2019

Aunt Alice’s sweater, you thought she’d love. Bobby’s baseball glove that would have fit two years ago. Your best friend who never likes anything. Everyone has people in their life that are difficult to buy for. 

There was a time when returning items was not only an insult, it was a chore. Yankee Swaps were built on last holiday’s unwanted gifts. However, times have changed and not only have post-holiday returns lost their stigma, they are expected and are an important buying decision factor. This has left retailers not only scrambling to get items delivered during the holiday shopping rush but anticipating a record number of returns as well. 

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Are You Ready for Carrier General Rate Increases?

Posted on December 03, 2019
Parcel Shipping

As shippers worry about getting packages to customers this holiday season, they have to keep an eye on the calendar for another annual tradition: carrier general rate increases (GRI). 

Every aspect of a business carries a cost, but as more customers expect free or low-cost shipping at lightning fast speeds, the added costs brought about by these GRIs can certainly cut into profits. 

And free shipping is a deciding factor for many online shoppers. 

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Thanksgiving Traditions Start with Thanks

Posted on November 25, 2019
Happy Thanksgiving

From cranberry sauce to pumpkin pie, to spending time with family and friends, Thanksgiving in the United States is about tradition. Last year, we started what we hope to be a tradition of sharing what we are thankful for here at Pierbridge with our readers, customers, and partners. 

At Pierbridge, we have had a lot to be thankful for this year. As we in the U.S. get ready this week to spend time with friends and family to give thanks for what we have received the past year in our personal lives [and eat that pumpkin pie], here are some of the things for which we, as a company, are thankful. 

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It’s Time to Save the Day with Same-Day Delivery

Posted on November 19, 2019
Same-Day Saves the Day

Not all heroes wear capes. Some just help their company save money and time when shipping while meeting customer demands for same-day delivery.  Incorporating same-day delivery into your omnichannel shipping strategy can be complicated. Get it wrong, and you are the customer service “Riddler.” But getting it right will make you the hero.

Increased delivery speed, as well as white glove and specialized services are ways that your heroism can give customers more choice and a better experience with your brand. B2C shippers can get a wedding dress to the chapel on time. B2B shippers can get a mission-critical part delivered before excessive downtime.

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Warehouse-in-a-Warehouse a Growing Omnichannel Shipping Trend

Posted on November 12, 2019
Pick Pack Parcel Microlistics and Transtream

It was a busy time in Denver last week as Pierbridge and Microlistics teamed up at the Gartner Supply Chain Planning Summit to showcase their “Pick, Pack, Parcel” solution. 

The what?

Well, as 3PLs grapple with the challenge of booming eCommerce shipping, they have increasingly turned to omnichannel shipping strategies across the supply chain. One strategy gaining a hold is to create a warehouse-in-a-warehouse. 

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Ship-From-Store Strategy Fuels Same-Day Delivery

Posted on November 05, 2019
Ship-from-store omnichannel fulfillment
Whether it's a regional chain with a handful of stores or a global one with thousands, a ship-from-store strategy can reduce lost sales and improve delivery times while cutting shipping costs.

Retailers looking to capitalize on the booming growth of online shopping are increasingly taking an omnichannel approach to their supply chains. Perhaps, the one place they have the biggest edge over pure-play eCommerce businesses is the ability to leverage their brick-and-mortar footprint for quicker and cheaper shipping options using a ship-from-store strategy. 

While retail sales are still strong, with the National Retail Federation (NRF) anticipating the number to top $3.8 trillion this year, most traditional brick-and-mortar locations are trying to adapt their square footage as the cost of space adds up while shoppers continue to split time between making a trip to the store and shopping via the internet – increasingly while on the go. In fact, eMarketer forecasts that mobile commerce will account for 72.9 percent of global retail eCommerce sales by 2021.

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5 Tips for the Short Holiday Shipping Season

Posted on October 29, 2019
2019 Holiday Shipping Deadlines

If you start the countdown for the all-important holiday shopping season from the day after Thanksgiving through Christmas Day, it can last anywhere between 25 and 31 days in the United States. The moving target of Thanksgiving each year is the variable that can shorten or lengthen the shopping season, since the fourth Thursday of November can be anywhere from November 22 to November 28.

This year, it's November 28, the latest it can be, so the shopping season is six days shorter than last year, and is the shortest since 2013. That has retailers starting sales a bit later than usual, with less time to fulfill orders.  But customers will still expect shipments to arrive on time. 

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