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UPS Announces Fee Increases

Posted by Rick Williams on Jun 20, 2018 8:06:48 AM

UPS recently announced several upcoming fee increases. In addition, effective June 4th, they will be assessing a new Shipping Charge Correction Audit fee if the average shipping charge correction is greater than $5 in an invoice week. If you are shipping packages that qualify for dimensional rating but a) do not provide dimensions, b) provide inaccurate dimensions, or c) provide inaccurate/estimated weights, this new fee could very well be assessed on your upcoming UPS invoices.

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Topics: shipping, ups

Warehouse Technology: Do You Really Need a Workstation Shipping Screen?

Posted by Rick Williams on Jun 14, 2018 8:00:00 AM

If you are still using a carrier or third-party shipping system that has a shipping screen, why? Perhaps you’ve never considered this question, but redesigning your system to remove the need for a shipping screen could lead to significant cost savings, so it is worth evaluating your warehouse technology.

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Topics: warehouse, shipping system, shipping costs

Warehouse Operations: Help! I'm Outgrowing My Warehouse – What Can I Do?

Posted by Rick Williams on Jun 10, 2018 2:21:00 PM

So, you're finally outgrowing your warehouse. That's great—right?

Maybe yes, and maybe no. Running out of room in your warehouse can be a sign of great growth for your business, but it could just as easily be a sign of storage mismanagement.

Before you rent another warehouse or pack up your current inventory to move to a bigger location, you must first determine the reasons why you are running out of space. This determination will help you make informed decisions about what to do next and how you can improve your warehouse operations.

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Topics: warehouse

Warehouse Operations: How to Address Bottlenecks in Your Shipping System

Posted by Rick Williams on Jun 8, 2018 4:30:00 PM

It's important to have a shipping system that operates smoothly to expedite shipping timeframes, maintain customer satisfaction and maximize how many packages your shipping team sends out each week. However, as your business grows to process a larger number of packages, you may experience a bottleneck and face difficulties getting shipments out. Utilizing the below tips and to improve warehouse operations, you will be seamlessly shipping in no time.

You can overcome shipping system challenges and optimize your warehouse operations with these steps.

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Topics: warehouse

InfoShip/Vx Is the Shipping System That Saves

Posted by Rick Williams on Jun 1, 2018 8:00:00 AM

If I had asked people what they really wanted, they would have said faster horses.

-Henry Ford

In the shipping and fulfillment industry, efficiency makes the difference. It can save or cost thousands of extra worker hours and ultimately determine the survival of any company.

If you are reading my blog, I’m sure you already understand the intricacies of working with third parties. Whether they want a unique packing slip, to conditionally use a preferred carrier/service or put their logo and their specific reference fields on a shipping label, they all have requirements that can eat up your time.

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Topics: shipping system, shipping

CLS achieves Platinum Status as a FedEx Compatible Provider

Posted by Rick Williams on Apr 20, 2018 10:54:43 AM
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Topics: carriers

Things to Consider from the President’s Desk

Posted by Rick Williams on Nov 7, 2017 1:43:00 PM


For the coming year, the average rate increase will be 4.9% across the board. As usual, lower weight and shorter zoned packages will be increased more than 4.9% and particularly hard hit are residential shipments in these lower weights and zones.

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Topics: shipping costs, shipping

2018 Annual Carrier Rate Updates

Posted by Rick Williams on Oct 24, 2017 1:40:00 PM

It’s hard to believe that November is here already. The shorter days are a reminder that the holidays are rushing in along with a new year! Here’s what you need to know regarding the carrier rate updates for 2018.

DHL Express, FedEx and Purolator will increase their rates an average of 4.9%, effective January 1, 2018. These rates will come down automatically through each carrier’s nightly communication, therefore no effort is required on your part.

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Topics: shipping

InfoShip Enhancements

Posted by Rick Williams on Aug 21, 2017 1:57:44 PM

CLS is proud to announce that over the past year or so, we’ve added several new carriers and services to InfoShip®/Vx. These enhancements are the result of requests from our customers. We value our customer partnerships and truly appreciate that you let us know how we can help to continue to improve your warehouse management operations as well as your business. Take a look at the list below and let us know if you think your operation can benefit from these additions.

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Topics: shipping system

Countdown to 2018

Posted by Rick Williams on Aug 21, 2017 1:57:29 PM

Yes, it’s mid-August and the temperatures are hovering steady in the 90s but the busy season and carrier rate updates will be here before we know it. Here are some warehouse management items to keep in the back of your mind as we wind down summer time.

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Topics: shipping costs