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The USPS Rate Case: Insider Tips to Control Shipping Costs  Jun 02, 2005 12:31 AM By Rama Ramaswami

Parcel shippers often quip that a postal rate increase every year is as inevitable as death and taxes. But unlike death, which has no gradations, a rate hike can range from minor to exorbitant. As rate increases go, the U.S. Postal Service’s flat 5.4% increase, proposed in the 2006 rate case the USPS filed on April 8, appears to be moderate enough for most shippers to handle.

PCI Pain  Jun 01, 2005 9:30 PM By Mark Del Franco

To protect against identity theft and security breaches, Visa and MasterCard have joined forces to enact stringent credit-card security requirements The

Some Like It HOT  Jun 01, 2005 9:30 PM By Bennett Voyles

We tend to think of evolution as a straight-line climb out of the swamp and into Starbucks. But sometimes it doesn’t quite work out that way. Six hundred

7 sure-fire ways to improve packaging  Jun 01, 2005 9:30 PM By Rama Ramaswami

Whether you use automated or manual packing methods, making your package stand out from the crowd is a key concern for both merchants and packaging engineers.

LEAVING HOME  Jun 01, 2005 9:30 PM By MCM staff

Three days after Valentine’s Day, in the middle of a typical New England winter, The Boston Globe reached out and punched many of us Vermonters in the

RFID: Are We There Yet?  Jun 01, 2005 9:30 PM By Rama Ramaswami

As a kid, you asked Are we there yet? over and over during long trips in the family car. The parental answer was usually a vague platitude designed to

UPS to Buy Overnite  May 19, 2005 4:04 AM By John Fischer

United Parcel Service is buying Richmond, VA-based Overnite Corp for $1.25 billion. The acquisition will enable UPS to expand its ground freight services in North America

Back-end benchmarks  May 15, 2005 9:30 PM By Rama Ramaswami

Every couple of years, we find that we have to revise our for benchmarks. Order fulfillment practices change far more rapidly today than they did even

Training Day  May 15, 2005 9:30 PM By Karen Berman

EDITOR’S NOTE This is the second installment of a three-part series on picking technologies and strategies. Part I was published in the April 2005 issue

Damage control  May 15, 2005 9:30 PM By Rama Ramaswami

Let’s face it: There’s very little you can do to eliminate damage to your merchandise during shipping. But small changes to your packaging practices,






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