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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.

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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.

FedEx Ground Price Change to Impact ALL Small Parcel Shippers in 2015

Editor’s note:

UPS announcement was made on June 17, 2014

On Friday, May 2, FedEx® Corp. announced some major pricing changes. FedEx Freight will raise the fuel surcharge rate by 3 percent on June 2. But it’s the FedEx Ground change that will have small parcel shippers reevaluating and reforecasting for 2015.

FedEx Ground services will now apply dimensional (DIM) weight pricing to ALL packages starting January 1, 2015. 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.

My colleagues and I, at BirdDog, have been expecting this change for some time and anticipate UPS® to follow suit in the not too distant future. In our experience, the vast majority of ground shipments, today, are less than three cubic feet and so nearly all U.S. shippers will be affected by the new pricing guideline.  Even though FedEx announced this change seven months in advance, parcel shippers can expect large increases, in some cases, as in the examples below.

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May 2014 UPS, FedEx and DHL Fuel Surcharge

At the end of every month, UPS®, FedEx®, and DHL® publishes their fuel surcharge rates for the upcoming month. In order to maintain an effective parcel budget, you need to know if the month’s rates increased, decreased or remained the same. Our team proactively communicates these changes to our mailing list the first 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. Overall, in the month of May, the national carriers slightly decreased their rates from 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 May’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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