A Shipping Manifest is a document that is typically presented to the carrier outlining the individual shipping orders included in a shipment. The manifest will show the reference number of each shipping order in the load, the weight and count of boxes or containers, and the destination.
A Transportation Management System (or TMS) is a computer system designed to provide optimized transportation management in various modes along with associated activities, including managing shipping units, labor planning and building, shipment scheduling through inbound, outbound, intra-company shipments, documentation management (especially when international shipping is involved), and third party logistics management.
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.
If I had asked people what they really wanted, they would have said faster horses.
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.
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.
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.
Effective January 22nd 2018, FedEx has announced it will be changing the SmartPost service from weight-based to dimension-based rating. As you may recall, several years ago they changed the majority of their services to dimension-based rating.
Do you know about the recent change to the way USPS handles their parcel package processing. I think it is good information for anyone who ships with large volumes whether you are using USPS now or looking to leverage this option in the future.
As the eCommerce boom continues, many companies are shipping more diversified products than ever before. Whether you have increased your product offering to expand into new markets or if you are fulfilling for various partners, most likely you are shipping new products that you have not shipped before, introducing changes to your warehouse management operations.
Online sales represent an increasingly important source of revenue for many businesses, making the need for affordable shipping more critical than ever. Many budget-savvy, high-volume shippers are turning to mail consolidators to reduce the cost of shipping while still providing reliable delivery.