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How the United States Postal Service Shaped America

When Benjamin Franklin founded the Constitutional Post in 1774, he inadvertently created the central nervous system of early America. This postal system connected revolutionaries from distant territories to those in the cities, speeding along the Revolution and eventually growing into a massive force for innovation in American infrastructure and transportation. However, the United States Postal…


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Getting to Know iDrive: Meet Shaun Rothwell, Founder & CEO

Matt Simmons sat down with Shaun Rothwell to discuss business, family, Abraham Lincoln and more. Remember to check back for subsequent releases of “Getting to Know iDrive.” . Shaun, Supply Chains & iDrive How did you get your start in Supply Chain Management and what attracts you to this industry? I got my start with the US…


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UPS November Surprise Classic Example of Duopoly Power

This article—written by iDrive EVP Glenn Gooding—was originally published by Parcel Media. Click here to read at ParcelIndustry.com.  ———— If you thought the election was 2016’s only November surprise, then take a seat before reading any further. On Friday, United Parcel Service posted its updated rate increases for 2017, and it snuck in four new…


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How to Choose a Shipping Software

Many packages, many destinations, many options for shipping software. In a shipping software market where every platform seems to offer the same thing, how do you know you’ve made the best selection for your company? Here are some things to consider: What to Look For Marketplace Integration and CSV Mapping This seems like a no…


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Insight: UPS Air Maintenance Workers Vote to Strike

After three years of negotiations, UPS air maintenance workers just voted to authorize a labor union strike. Like many Americans, the workers share concerns over rising healthcare costs. The union claims that the current contract fails to address those costs and that it exposes workers to great health risks implicit in working around jet engines….


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After Election, Wikileaks Shifts to Target Small Parcel Carriers

Now that the election is over, WikiLeaks has decided to shift focus from politicians to top executives in the small parcel industry. ….not really. But if WikiLeaks were to go after the biggest small parcel carriers, whose emails would be targeted and what carrier information would provide the juiciest public release? We have our theory. Click…


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Veterans Day and the Fascinating History of Logistics

Today and every day we salute our veterans—the hard-working, self-sacrificing men and women who have risked everything to serve our country. We owe them a debt of gratitude for the freedoms they’ve secured for us, today on Veterans Day and on every day. In addition, the logistics industry owes its very existence to veterans. Did…


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5 Ways You’re Driving Up Your Shipping Costs

It’s no secret—shipping is complicated. Really complicated. So complicated that iDrive Logistics was created just to make it less complicated (and to reduce your shipping costs, of course). With so many moving pieces, it’s easy to lose track of cost drivers and end up spending too much. Here are five ways you may be wasting…


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USPS Shipping and eCommerce: The Match Made in Heaven

E-commerce is growing faster than ever, and it’s affecting the way we ship. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, e-commerce has grown 13% in the last year alone and 26% over a three-year period from 2013-15. This growth has put UPS and FedEx into a revenue management pickle. In a growing number of instances,…


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3 Ways FedEx-UPS Shipping Rates Will Cost You Big in 2017

September has been an interesting and surprising month for shippers across the nation. FedEx and UPS shipping rates and fees for 2017 were announced almost two months ahead of expectation, and—breaking from tradition—the carriers decided to not match one another. The differences are striking, and will hit shippers hard. There are three major differences between FedEx…


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