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PostalVision2020/6.0 Conference – “B2Me- Game Changers” has just wrapped up a day and a half of ideas, innovation and provocative discussion focused on how the world of delivery is changing driven by consumer demand.  The key theme that permeated the event was that data, and really big data is at the core of all innovation and transformation of the supply chains that serve both consumers and businesses. Whether the topic was direct marketing, ecommerce merchandising, or delivery logistics, having access...

On February 24, 2016, President Barack Obama signed the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015. The new law impacts a number of customs processes including an increase of the “de minimis” threshold to $800 from $200. The law is targeted to take effect March 10, 2016, so now is the time to prepare for its impact. Under the new law, almost all direct-to-consumer shipments valued at less than $800 will now be duty free into the US. This is...

In my last post, I discussed how a company’s supply chain and logistics processes are under tremendous pressure. Markets are increasingly competitive as businesses find new ways to remove costs and become more efficient. To remain competitive in this ever-changing landscape it is imperative to obtain the best shipping rates possible.

A company’s supply chain and logistics processes are under tremendous pressure. UPS, FedEx and other shipper’s rates increase every year. At the same time markets are increasingly competitive as businesses find new ways to remove costs and become more efficient. To remain competitive in this ever-changing landscape it is imperative to obtain the best shipping rates possible. In this first post of a two-part series on procuring UPS and FedEx services, I’ll pull from the experience of optimizing the supply...

No, this is not Amazon or Alibaba. This operation makes those guys look like rookies. The undisputed king of B2C delivery is none other than Santa himself. With centuries of experience, no one comes close to logistics operation of St. Nicholas, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, Pere Noel, et al. (talk about localization!)

Cyber Monday sales hit an all-time high of $3.12 billion this year and it was reported by the Wall Street Journal that at least one carrier, UPS, is having difficulties keeping up with the growing demand.

As 2015 comes to a close, it is time to develop next year’s logistics plan. Here are three proven ways to reduce and control your shipping costs in the coming year. These tips are not new – in fact, you should perform them every year, if not more frequently. However, the solutions and resources available to you for help are new.

New Technology in the 21st Century is having a major impact on how business is conducted today. New carriers and new business models have given rise to complexity in supply chain that is increasingly difficult to manage for companies of all sizes. That same new technology holds the answer to getting a handle on the complexity...

When reading your FedEx and/or UPS contract, it is important to understand the main components that help you negotiate better rates. This article uncovers the difference between "Gross Spend" and "Net Spend", and how they are linked to revenue-based incentives.

When markets are up and customer orders are coming in, companies are more worried about satisfying demand, and less about how to optimize shipping costs or rebalance their supply chain networks and inventory. I have seen many companies operate at a low profit margin and make up revenue through high sales volumes in these kinds of situations.