Shipping/Delivery ARCHIVE

UPS, FedEx Ready Rate Hikes  Nov 22, 2006 1:43 AM By MCM staff

‘Tis the season–not only for gift-giving but also for rate-raising by the parcel carriers. On Nov. 17, Atlanta-based United Parcel Service announced that it would hike its ground and air shipping rates effective Jan. 1. Prices will increase an average 4.9% for ground shipments and 6.9% for air express and U.S.-origin international shipments. The parcel […]

The Ins and Outs of World-Class Order Selection  Nov 08, 2006 8:48 PM By Sam Flanders

You don’t always have to spend a lot of money on a new piece of automaton or software to save significantly in your order selection operation. In fact, many costly systems rely on one or more of the very same process changes we’ll discuss here. By deploying one or more of these ideas, you can sometimes dramatically increase your labor efficiency (by 50% or more) and do it without any substantial risk or expense.

Lost Shipment Recovery: Reward Outweighs the Effort  Nov 01, 2006 9:48 PM By MCM staff

For every shipper, staying in control of lost merchandise is vital. Packages sent but never delivered are costly

5 Steps to Shape-Based Postage Compliance  Oct 11, 2006 7:52 PM By Bob Makofsky

You’ve probably heard that the U.S. Postal Service has filed to raise rates again in May 2007. But the proposed rates follow a more complex pricing structure than the flat 5.4% increase implemented last January. For the first time, the rate structure will rely on shape, as well as weight.

USPS Releases Proposed Parcel Standards  Oct 05, 2006 1:49 AM By Mark Del Franco

The U.S. Postal Service has released its proposed mailing standards as part of the rate case introduced on May 3. While much of the focus has been on what the changes will mean to catalog production and circulation

2006 Benchmark Report INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY  Oct 01, 2006 9:30 PM By Mark Del Franco

Here’s an encouraging statistic from Multichannel Merchant’s 2006 Information Technology Systems Benchmark Report: More than 70% of respondents said that

Working for Scale  Oct 01, 2006 9:30 PM By Kate Vitasek

It is a long-held belief among warehousing professionals that highly automated distribution centers are more challenging to modify in response to changes

7 tips for shopping for a shipping consolidator  Oct 01, 2006 9:30 PM By Mark Del Franco

Direct marketers have long relied on shipping consolidators to help them get their packages farther down in the U.S. Postal Service mail stream so that

Eleventh-Hour Debate Over Parcel Rates Could Kill Postal Reform  Sep 26, 2006 5:23 AM By Mark Del Franco

As the House and the Senate mull the merits of enacting postal reform, it appears that 11th-hour lobbying efforts brought by private-sector package delivery firms over parcel rates could threaten postal reform,

The case for third-party manifesting software  Sep 01, 2006 9:30 PM By Sam Flanders

Manifesting software is becoming more sophisticated with each passing year. The software pinpoints the most cost-effective carrier for each package, based

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