Archive for parcel shipping

Modern Business Intelligence for E-commerce Shipping

Organizations must properly execute their e-commerce shipping strategy to survive in today’s market. Business Intelligence is critical to proper execution, providing opportunities to significantly shift, reduce, and manage global transportation costs without sacrificing service.

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How to Know if a Parcel Solution Will Scale with Your Business

With opportunities to expand volume, channels, geography, services – or all of the above – many shippers find themselves considering a parcel management solution to support growth. While it’s natural to focus on solving the specific pain points of today, this “tunnel vision” approach can lead to short-sighted decisions. Imagine the light at the end of the tunnel revealing a treacherous bridge to cross, versus a wide-open highway with no speed limits. Which would you […]

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How to Meet Customer Expectation of Same Day Shipping

The consumerization of the supply chain has changed customer expectations. Customers want to receive the package as quickly as possible—maybe even the same day the order was placed. While same day shipping is great for maintaining positive customer experience, it does place quite a strain on resources for the shipper and the supply chain manager. Is same day shipping even a possibility in your supply chain? Do you have the right technology to accomplish this […]

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Evolving the Supply Chain for Anywhere-to-Everywhere Shipping

The supply chain as we used to know it is changing – and these changes are impacting not only retailers, but a variety of businesses and industries.  An increasing number of businesses that never had to worry much about shipping are finding themselves competing with experienced and emerging retailers. Just look at how major pharmacies and healthcare providers are rolling out ship-to-home medical supply services. Traditionally, manufacturers only had to worry about shipping products to […]

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Six Key Questions to Ask a TMS Provider About Its Parcel Solution

As logistics solution providers look to expand their footprint to grow market share, they often migrate into areas beyond their core expertise. In recent years this has meant companies specializing in transportation management systems [TMS] attempting to add parcel shipping capabilities of one sort or another into the mix. Sometimes it works, but often it doesn’t. Supporting parcel is not easy. It’s actually downright complex thanks to the highly specialized compliance rules each carrier has. […]

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Guest Commentary: Parcel Shipping Outlook for 2014

As we enter the busy peak season for shipping, it’s amazing to think of the changes and trends that started taking hold in 2013. The buzzword of the year was “omni-channel fulfillment, as retailers attempt to create a superior customer shopping experience across multiple channels, including online, mobile devices, brick-and-mortar, direct mail, and catalog. Retailers are responding to customer demands for better experience, better access, and better choice. Enabling new fulfillment strategies – such as […]

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Guest Commentary: Not So Fast: How Technology is Slowing Express Delivery

Over the last few years, FedEx and UPS have seen significant shifts in how domestic and international customers are shipping. The shift from express to ground products is growing at an unprecedented rate – impacting carrier financials and even their own networks. As recently as last month, UPS posted a four percent drop in revenue with CEO Scott Davis calling the financials “disappointing.” He, like FedEx’s Fred Smith, acknowledges the shift to slower – and […]

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Guest Commentary: Logistics Management Challenges for SMBs

With Memorial Day only a few weeks away, and summer fast approaching, many companies will begin finalizing plans for enhancements or changes to their supply chain to better prepare for the holiday season. The current supply chain challenges aren’t limited to large enterprise organizations – small and midsize businesses (SMBs) are also feeling the pressure to ensure they can manage inventory and ship product in a way that meets customer expectations and satisfaction, while keeping […]

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This Week in Logistics News (December 10-14, 2012)

This was a relatively quiet week for news, so let’s get right to it… Ryder Launches Mobile RydeSmart® 3.0 App Intermec To Be Acquired by Honeywell for $600 Million FedEx employee emails claim firm overcharged businesses (Reuters) Freight Shipments Fell 1.9% in October from September Cass Truckload Linehaul Index Driver Turnover at Truckload Carriers Remains High in the Third Quarter Trade deficit widens, imports and exports decline (Reuters) Next week we will publish our predictions […]

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This Week in Logistics News (November 26-30, 2012)

I didn’t win the $585 million PowerBall jackpot this week, which is not surprising, because when it comes to lotteries, taking shortcuts through town when I’m late, and picking the fastest checkout lines, I’m like Hemingway’s old man: “salao, which is the worst form of unlucky.” On to the news, which is dominated this week by transportation management technology. LeanLogistics Announces On-Demand TMS SuiteApp for Netsuite’s Suitecloud Computing Platform C.H. Robinson Introduces Navisphere® Technology Platform […]

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