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Auditing Tip: Double check your carrier accounts to get more from your auditors

August 13, 2014Toni CaputoNews0

Double check your carrier accountsLarge-volume parcel shippers have complicated service plans with the carriers (UPS®, FedEx®, DHL®, OnTrac®, LaserShip®, etc.). As shippers add, consolidate or close distribution centers/stores or other locations, as third-party vendors come and go, or as shippers change processes and update systems, they add and delete carrier accounts. We talk to clients every day, and the average organization is often missing a percentage of its total carrier account volume from their ongoing audit. If your auditor does not have all of your account numbers, you are risking carrier and vendor noncompliance as well as unnecessary expenses.

Ask yourself these questions:
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August 2014 UPS, FedEx, DHL and OnTrac Fuel Surcharge

August 4, 2014Beau BridgesNews0

Important Note:

OnTrac has been added to BirdDog’s carrier fuel surcharge tracker page.

At the end of every month, UPS®, FedEx®, DHL® and regional carriers such as OnTrac® publish their fuel surcharge rates for the upcoming month. In order to maintain an effective parcel budget, you should know the carriers’ upcoming rates. The BirdDog team proactively communicates these changes to our mailing list the first week of every month.July  2014 Carrier Fuel Surcharges

Of the many important factors that make up your parcel contracts, the fuel surcharge is a key component. You’ll notice in the current carrier fuel surcharge chart that August’s ground rates have slightly decreased from the previous month. Air rates have remained consistent for the most part (with the exception of OnTrac).

As you build your parcel program, we suggest you plan accordingly with the revised 2014 UPS and FedEx rates in mind. For August’s fuel surcharge rates and a five year look-back, please visit our UPS, FedEx, DHL and OnTrac Fuel Surcharge Tracker page.

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July 2014 UPS, FedEx, DHL and OnTrac Fuel Surcharge

July 7, 2014Beau BridgesNews0

Important Note:

OnTrac has been added to BirdDog’s carrier fuel surcharge tracker page.

At the end of every month, UPS®, FedEx®, DHL® and regional carriers such as OnTrac® publish their fuel surcharge rates for the upcoming month. In order to maintain an effective shipping budget, you need to know if your carrier’s rates increased, decreased or remained the same. Our team proactively communicates these changes to our mailing list the first week of every month.July  2014 Carrier Fuel Surcharges

Of the many important factors that make up your parcel contracts, the fuel surcharge is a critical one to always consider. You’ll notice in the current carrier fuel surcharge chart that July’s rates remained consistent with the previous month’s carrier surcharges.

As you build your parcel program, we suggest you plan accordingly with the revised 2014 UPS and FedEx rates in mind. For July’s fuel surcharge rates and a five year look-back, please visit our UPS, FedEx, DHL and OnTrac Fuel Surcharge Tracker page.

If you would like to receive these rates directly to your inbox, please sign up to our mailing list.

UPS Price Changes to Impact ALL Parcel Shippers in 2015

June 17, 2014Glenn GoodingNews0

Today, Tuesday, June 17, UPS® announced a major pricing change that will impact the bottom line of shippers everywhere. While all shippers will be impacted, the price increase will most affect companies shipping lightweight residential and commercial packages.

UPS will now apply dimensional (DIM) weight pricing to ALL packages starting December 29, 2014. This matches a similar announcement made by FedEx® on May 2. Currently DIM weight pricing is only applied to packages measuring three cubic feet or greater. DIM weight pricing creates a billable weight based on package volume (the amount of space a package occupies in relation to its actual weight). See this earlier blog entry for more explanation of DIM weight.
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June 2014 UPS, FedEx, DHL and OnTrac Fuel Surcharge

June 2, 2014Beau BridgesNews0

Important Note:

OnTrac has been added to BirdDog’s carrier fuel surcharge tracker page.

At the end of every month, UPS®, FedEx®, DHL® and regional carriers such as OnTrac® publish their fuel surcharge rates for the upcoming month. In order to maintain an effective shipping budget, you need to know if the month’s ground and air rates increased, decreased or remained the same. Our team proactively communicates these changes to our mailing list the first week of every month.May  2014 Carrier Fuel Surcharges

Of the many complex factors that make up your parcel contracts, the fuel surcharge is an important factor to always consider. You’ll notice in the carrier fuel surcharge chart that June’s rates remained the same as the previous month.

As you build your parcel program, we suggest you plan accordingly with the revised 2014 UPS and FedEx rates in mind. For June’s fuel surcharge rates, please visit our UPS, FedEx and DHL Fuel Surcharge Tracker page.

If you would like to receive these rates directly to your inbox, please sign up to our mailing list.

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