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UPS, FedEx Increase Fuel Surcharge Rates  Feb 02, 2015 4:26 PM By Mike O'Brien

Effective Feb. 2, UPS raised its fuel surcharge rates for ground and air services, as did rival FedEx.

Jet.com Is an Ecommerce David Taking on Amazon’s Goliath  Jan 30, 2015 1:37 PM By Mike O'Brien

Jet.com, a disruptive startup based in Montclair, NJ, is going after Amazon by taking a new approach that allows sellers to undercut the ecommerce giant on price by using a system that finds and exploits cost efficiencies in the ecommerce fulfillment process.

The 2 Cent Refund Check – What Are Operational Inefficiencies Really Costing You?  Jan 29, 2015 1:59 PM By Curt Barry

Are operational inefficiencies vermin eating your profits? Make sure you’re not cutting customers two-cent checks, or following other wasteful practices.

Amazon Triples Items Eligible for Free Shipping  Jan 28, 2015 2:07 PM By Mike O'Brien

By lifting a restriction that required all items in an order to come from the same seller to qualify for free shipping, Amazon has more than tripled the number of items that qualify for the benefit.

Parcel Shipping Costs On the Rise in 2015  Jan 27, 2015 1:18 PM By MCM Staff

Parcel Shipping prices are going to rise in 2015, according to reports this month about UPS and the United States Postal Service. Here’s more about rising shipping costs from Multichannel Merchant Senior Editor Mike O’Brien.

USPS Asks to Keep Priority Mail Rates the Same But Raise Parcel Select Rates  Jan 27, 2015 1:08 PM By Mike O'Brien

As it continues to battle UPS, FedEx and DHL for a larger slice of the ecommerce shipping pie, the USPS has asked the PRC to keep its competitive Priority Mail rates unchanged for domestic delivery while raising Parcel Select – the primary last-mile option of the major carriers – by 8%.

Winter Storm Juno Shuts Down Deliveries in Northeast  Jan 27, 2015 10:56 AM By Mike O'Brien

While not packing the wallop that forecasters had been predicting, winter storm Juno nonetheless was bad enough to put a serious crimp in the shipping operations of major carriers in the Northeast.

UPS Hints At Higher Peak Season Pricing in 2015  Jan 27, 2015 10:34 AM By Mike O'Brien

As it lowered guidance on its earnings for Q4 and fiscal 2015, UPS also talked about possible adjustments to its peak season pricing later this year.

Complexity of Returns Grows as Ecommerce Does  Jan 27, 2015 8:52 AM By Mike O'Brien

While overall return rates are not increasing dramatically, they are on the rise, forcing ecommerce merchants to optimize their supply chain squeeze as much value as they can out of returned merchandise.

5 Criteria for Selecting Warehouse Devices and Gaining Efficiency  Jan 26, 2015 6:43 PM By Mark Holleran

Five criteria for helping you select warehouse devices that can add efficiency and productivity gains.






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