Pitney Bowes Parcel Shipping Index Sees 17% Growth in 2017

| Mike O'Brien

Parcel shipping volume grew 17% in 2017 across 13 major geographies tracked by Pitney Bowes, from 64 billion to 74 billion items shipped, with China the largest shipper at 40 billion items, followed by the U.S. (12 billion) and Japan (10 billion). See what other key data was pulled out of the annual survey.

Tips for Negotiating Your UPS and FedEx Carrier Contracts

| Mike Erickson

Because of all the changes with UPS and FedEx and the complexity in today’s carrier contracts, you need to do your due diligence in terms of shipping volumes, the value of your freight to the carriers and contract terms. These steps will help you better manage the negotiation and contract process to get the best terms possible.

Breaking Down the Latest FedEx Rate Increases

| Dave Sullivan

The FedEx/UPS near duopoly has allowed the two large carriers to control marketplace pricing for years, echoing each other’s rate hikes and impacting parcel shippers both small and large. Find out about the latest increases from FedEx, how they compare to UPS, and how they will impact shippers as of Sept. 3.

FedEx Active in Blockchain Initiatives Tying in Supply Chain

| Mike O'Brien

With interest growing in the use of blockchain in the supply chain, FedEx has been very active in moving the technology forward. Dale Chrystie, FedEx Freight’s Vice President of Strategic Planning and Support, spoke with Multichannel Merchant about the company’s involvement with blockchain initiatives.

Amazon Charging Excess Inventory Fees to Address Storage Issues

| Mike O'Brien

In an effort to address overcapacity issues in its dozens of fulfillment centers, Amazon has instituted new charges that will penalize third-party sellers – who make up more than half of its sales – for having slow-moving inventory. See what these changes mean and what else Amazon is doing to deal with inventory overflow.

UPS Intra-Year Pricing Changes Deciphered

| Keith Myers

UPS has made a number of intra-year rate and fee changes, including increasing the over-max charge for packages weighing more than 150 lbs. from $500 to $650. Here is a breakdown of all the changes and what they mean for you as a shipper.