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Free One-on-One with a Parcel Expert at Operations Summit

April 16, 2014Beau BridgesNews0

Are you attending Operations Summit on April 22nd through the 24th? In addition to some great prizes, we will also have two of our consultants (Glenn Gooding and David Sullivan) present at our booth. This is a great opportunity to speak to experts that have decades of parcel experience and insight into hundreds of shipping scenarios. Both Glenn and David have engineered shipping programs for some of the largest brands in the world.

Sample topics to discuss include;

  • Omni-channel and internet retail growth strategies
  • Small parcel industry trends and best practices
  • Parcel network design initiatives
  • Regional carrier opportunities
  • Annual carrier rate increases
  • Return program initiatives
  • M&A and integration strategies

To schedule a one-on-one, simply stop by booth 324 and we’ll schedule a time for you, or someone from your company, to sit down to discuss your shipping needs.

Not attending this year’s Operations Summit trade show? You can still schedule a discussion with one of our consultants via phone. Click here to schedule a free 45 minute consultation.

Operations Summit 2014 – Indianapolis, IN

March 30, 2014Beau BridgesNews0

BirdDog will be exhibiting again at this year’s Operations Summit in Indianapolis, IN. The only conference exclusively geared towards e-commerce, catalog operations and fulfillment. For two days, you’ll get to network with other operations professionals and learn what’s happening in our industry.

When: April 22-24, 2014

Booth: 324Operations Summit 2014

Location: JW Marriott Indianapolis
10 S West St
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Some presenting topics that will be discussed at this years show will be;

  • Regional Carriers
  • Expanding distribution centers
  • End-to-end Ecommerce
  • Ecommerce Fulfillment
  • Product Personalization
  • Ins and Outs of Outsourcing
  • Cutting Warehouse Costs
  • Omnichannel retailing
    And much more…

Roundtable Discussion

Topic: Multi-carrier Sourcing Strategies: Crafting a Solution That’s Best For Your Company

Glenn Gooding from our Professional Services team will be moderating a roundtable discussion on Thursday, April 24 from 7:45am-8:30am. We hope you will join the engagement!

Operations Summit Welcome Party

To kick-off the show, BirdDog will be co-sponsoring the Operations Summit welcome party Tuesday night April 22nd from 7:00pm to 9:30pm at the JW Marriott. Come mingle with us and enjoy a  drink and some appetizers!

GiveawayTradeshow Giveaway

As you walk the floor on Wednesday and Thursday, be sure to stop by our booth (#324)  as we will be giving away fun prizes including an Apple TV, FitBit Flex and Kindle Fire HD. We will be choosing one winner for each prize at random at the conclusion of the show.

 

Complete Contest Rules
*Only attendees present at Operations Summit will qualify

April 2014 UPS, FedEx and DHL Fuel Surcharge

March 29, 2014Beau BridgesNews0

At the end of every month, UPS®, FedEx®, and DHL® publishes upcoming fuel surcharge rates. Knowing what the fuel rate increase or decrease is helps you create and maintain an effective parcel budget. We proactively communicate these changes to our mailing list each month.March 2014 Carrier Fuel Surcharges

Of the many complex factors that make up your parcel contracts, the fuel surcharge is an important factor. Overall, in the month of April, the national carriers slightly increase their rates.

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

If you would like to receive these rates via email every month, please sign up to our mailing list.

March 2014 UPS, FedEx, DHL Fuel Surcharge

March 6, 2014Beau BridgesNews0

Each month, UPS®, FedEx®, and DHL® publishes revised fuel surcharge rates for their services. In order to create and maintain an effective parcel budget, you need to know what the increase or decrease is across the different carriers. We proactively communicate these changes to our mailing list each month.March 2014 Carrier Fuel Surcharges

Of the many complex factors that make up your parcel contracts, the fuel surcharge is an important element. In the month of March, only UPS Air service realized a change in rates as compared to last month; all other services remained the same.

As you take proactive measures to reduce shipping costs, we suggest you plan accordingly with the revised 2014 UPS and FedEx rates in mind. For the exact March rates, please visit our March 2014 UPS, FedEx and DHL Fuel Surcharge Tracker page.

If you would like to receive these rates via email every month, please sign up to our mailing list.

Not to be overlooked: The Minimum Net Charge for UPS and FedEx has increased 6.85%

Once again, the carriers increased the Minimum Net Charge substantially compared to other revised rates for 2014. The service charge is increasing from $5.84 to $6.24 resulting in a 6.85% increase this year. In just six short years, the Minimum Net Charge for a zone two, one pound package has increased 49%, leaving lightweight packages at yet another disadvantage.

The Minimum Net Charge is one of the most overlooked areas of the annual rate increase year after year. The service charge was originally designed to ensure a minimum revenue amount per package for the carrier. Most contracts specify the published rate for a zone two, one pound package as the Minimum Net Charge. This charge, often times, prevents you from receiving the full benefit of your negotiated discounts with the carriers.

Ground Minimum Net ChargeFedEx and UPS Minimum Net Charge rates from 2008 to 2014.

To learn more about the Minimum Net Charge and other factors relating to Ground & Accessorials, download the following articles;

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