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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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Biggest Concern for Procurement Managers? So Interesting you should ask.

According to a recent survey, the number one pressure faced by procurement professionals is to reduce costs and increase savings. What—You didn’t think we’d get a hold of this statistic and NOT write a blog article to position the small parcel industry, did you? There is no doubt that procurement professionals manage a wide range…


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Shipping I.Q. Starts with Data…and Prescription Eye-glasses

Let’s face it. “Data” is a trendy term. Everyone wants to talk about it and prove to others that they know what it means to live in a data-driven world. It’s a wildly popular thing to bring up in any conversation, as if simply saying the word “data” will automatically make you look smarter. The…


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The Negotiating Line-of-Scrimmage

“I’ve already negotiated great rates” Everyone thinks they’ve already negotiated the best possible shipping rates. To be bold, they are wrong. The same way Cam Newton was wrong when he spent most of Super Bowl 50 on his back, thanks to Von Miller and the incredible Denver Broncos defense. The dangers of the “I’ve already…


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Cuffed to a Bad Agreement?

Editor’s Note: Click here to read Part One of “Barriers to Renegotiating Carrier Agreements,” Don’t Fear the Carrier.   Have you ever taken the time to read your carrier agreement? I mean REALLY read it?  Kind of shocking how one sided it is, isn’t it?  You worked hard at the negotiating table.  You’re proud of those discounts. …


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Carrier Agreements: The Fine Print Says What?!

Editor’s Note: Watch our on-demand webinar, “Carrier Agreements: Understanding the Fine Print” for an in-depth dive into “fine print” of carrier agreements. Watch by clicking here. __________________________ When it comes to negotiating carrier agreements, carriers have a way of making shippers feel great about their discounts. However, more often than not, “fine print” gets in…


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Don’t Fear the Carrier

There are always reasons not to do something to improve yourself, like exercising. I don’t have time. I’m too tired. My next Spartan Race is 8 months from now, so I have time to veg before training. Regardless of which barrier you choose, there’s no denying that something can be done right now. Along similar…


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Carrier Agreements: Understanding the Fine Print (Early Termination and Minimum Commitment)

By Shaun Rothwell and Carl Hutchinson Welcome to part 4 of our series on “Understanding Fine Print” for carrier contract negotiation. In this installment, we discuss the ways carriers can transform your agreement into a penalty-ridden contract. To read parts one through three of this series, visit the links below. Part 1: Minimum Package Charges Part 2:…


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Carrier Agreements: Understanding the Fine Print (Surcharges)

By Shaun Rothwell and Carl Hutchinson Welcome to part 3 of our series on “Understanding Fine Print” for carrier contract negotiation. In this installment, we discuss carrier surcharges and how you can mitigate their impact based on your shipping characteristics. To read parts one, two and four, visit the links below. Part 1: Minimum Package…


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Carrier Agreements: Understanding the Fine Print (Guaranteed Service Refunds)

By Shaun Rothwell and Carl Hutchinson Welcome to part 2 of our series on “Understanding Fine Print” for carrier contract negotiation. In this installment, we discuss guaranteed service refunds (GSRs) and how FedEx and UPS can limit the value of your parcel audit software. To read parts one, three and four visit the links below. Part 1: Minimum Package…


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