How Do Regional Parcel Carriers Fit Into Your Parcel Delivery Strategy?

Posted by Amware Fulfillment on March 22, 2022

With the continuing rise in eCommerce sales, parcel shipping cost and capacity constraints have become big headaches for online sellers. Skyrocketing rates and volume caps may have you seeking alternatives to FedEx, UPS, and USPS – sometimes referred to as the “Big Three” in fulfillment circles. While regional parcel carriers may not offer an ideal solution for every parcel shipping situation, they have provided some brands

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Video: Is dim weight pricing costing you more than necessary?

Posted by Amware Fulfillment on December 21, 2021

If you think that your parcel shipping costs are too high, there may be something that you can do about it. You can get smarter on the dim weight pricing model that carriers use and see if you’re giving away money by leaving too much air in your packages.

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Expanding Into International eCommerce Shipping With Your 3PL

Posted by Amware Fulfillment on December 7, 2021

Over the past two years, the growth of eCommerce has created more demand – inside and outside the US. But the pandemic has also made it harder to ship goods across borders. To address international eCommerce shipping challenges, many online retailers have turned to third-party logistics providers (3PLs) for help navigating the intricacies of international order fulfillment.

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Parcel shipping companies prepare rate hikes for peak season and beyond

Posted by Amware Fulfillment on October 28, 2021

eCommerce sales grew by an astounding 44% in 2020 and have remained strong throughout 2021. This sustained volume surge has challenged nearly every part of the supply chain to keep up with the demand. This includes parcel shipping companies. And, as all shippers know by now, one of the ways that parcel carriers keep up with demand is to raise parcel rates. In this article, we’ll examine the 2021 peak season rate increases as

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Optimizing eCommerce Shipping Costs to Minimize Cart Abandonment

Posted by Amware Fulfillment on October 26, 2021

In online retail, it’s common knowledge that high eCommerce shipping costs or long delivery times cause most online shoppers to abandon their digital shopping carts and seek better deals elsewhere. Most online buyers expect delivery within two days, and they expect that service to be free. While eCommerce sellers bake those “free” shipping costs into the prices of the products, that strategy won’t work if shipping costs

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Pay attention to 2021 holiday shipping cut-off dates

Posted by Amware Fulfillment on October 21, 2021

Peak season is upon us, and eTailers and their customers are looking forward to the holiday shopping season. There’s another thing, however, that eTailers should have in their sights: the holiday shipping season, including the cut-off dates of the major parcel carriers. In this article, we’ll tell you what those dates are and why they matter to your business.

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Your Best Parcel Shipping Strategy: Source Capacity from All Carriers

Posted by Amware Fulfillment on July 27, 2021

Capacity shortages among parcel carrier companies have escalated concerns among eCommerce and omnichannel retailers. These businesses rely heavily on FedEx, UPS, USPS, DHL, and various regional carriers to deliver goods. When freight capacity for parcels falls short, associated delays negatively impact the buying experience for online shoppers. That’s why a parcel shipping strategy that relies predominantly on one preferred

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Are You Using the Right Packaging for DIM Weight Pricing?

Posted by Amware Fulfillment on July 20, 2021

Though dimensional weight, or DIM weight, is hardly a new pricing model, it remains a hidden profit killer for pick and pack fulfillment operations that don’t properly manage it. Misunderstanding how parcel carriers determine shipping rates can inflate your shipping costs 5–15%, so it’s imperative to choose your most cost-effective packaging option. 

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Online Sellers Need to Control Total Transportation Costs

Posted by Amware Fulfillment on June 30, 2021

While all shipping costs are transportation costs, not all transportation costs are shipping costs.

Shipping costs are merely one category of transportation costs in logistics. Online sellers often equate shipping costs with the direct charges from parcel carriers. As a result, efforts to reduce transportation costs may fail to consider the many other areas that drive up the transportation cost bucket – and drive down profit.

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Shipping Costs for eCommerce: Control What You Can

Posted by Amware Fulfillment on June 10, 2021

All fulfillment operations use parcel carriers, making it hard to maintain strict control over shipping costs for eCommerce. When capacity is low and demand high, carriers raise prices per market trends.

Unfortunately, there’s very little shippers can do when parcel carriers decide to raise their rates, making it challenging to keep the shipping budget reasonable while still meeting consumer demands for fast and efficient

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