2016 Year in Review

It’s hard to believe that another year has come and gone. 2016 is soon to be history and 2017 is right around the corner.  Could it be another sign of the aging process?  I know it is for me.

For many folks, the fact that 2016 is coming to an end is a good thing; they won’t have to listen to any more campaign speeches, although the rhetoric never really ends does it?  Others will look back at 2016 and say “where did the time go!”  Regardless of your point of view, this time of year presents all business executives with an opportunity to assess how you and your company performed in the current year.  It also provides an opportunity for us to start thinking about what we need to do in 2017 to make sure next year is an even better year.

The first place for us to start is to take the time to evaluate Read more

SURPRISE! – UPS hikes rates and it will affect your business!

Politicians always talk about an “October Surprise” but now that it’s November, we have a “November Surprise” for all transportation and Logistics executives.  Some of these executives will probably say, “I’m not surprised” while others will be totally shocked by what you are about to learn.  The biggest “November Surprise” however will be experienced by the tens of thousands of small businesses who may not be aware of this surprise until they feel it in their pocketbooks; and that’s exactly where they will feel it.  So, what is this “November Surprise;” you are about to find out. Read more

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UPS and FedEx Holiday Schedules are Here!

I don’t know about you but the older I get the faster the clock ticks; how is that possible? And, we now enter that time of year commonly call the “holiday season.” For those companies, and individuals who utilize the services of both FedEx and UPS to ship packages during the holiday season, (which is just about everyone), we thought it would be helpful if you had, in advance the 2016 Holiday Schedules for both FedEx and UPS.

These schedules are critical for anyone expecting to ensure their packages arrive in time for the holidayseason. You will now have all of the necessary information to tell you when the carriers are open for business as usual, when they will be closed, when their normal delivery operations will be modified and, what if any restrictions apply.

So if your goal is to ensure your packages are delivered in time for the holiday’s, we suggest you make a copy of these schedules and pin them up where they will be a visual reminder of when you need to make your packages available to the respective carriers.

We’d also like to take this time to wish everyone a very Healthy and Happy Holiday Season.

Learn more by visiting the links below.

FedEx
http://www.fedex.com/us/holiday/pdf/peak_holiday_schedule_2016v2.pdf

UPS
https://compass.ups.com/uploadedfiles/resource_center/holiday_information/2016_year_end_holiday_schedule.pdf

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Fedex Change Forcing Package Shippers to Get More Efficient

Tony Nuzio, ICC’s founder and CEO was recently interviewed by Newsday, a major daily newspaper in the New York Metro Area about FedEx’s new DIM weight charges and what shippers need to know.  The full article can be found at the link below!

http://www.newsday.com/business/columnists/jamie-herzlich/fedex-change-forcing-package-shippers-to-get-more-efficient-1.12489932

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Breaking News – USPS Files 2017 Rates

Hot off the presses!

On Wednesday October 12, 2016, the US Postal Service, as expected, filed their 2017 rate increase request with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC).  The complete report consists of over 200 pages, so to spare our readers of the pain of going through a document of that size, we decided to provide you with a few key points included in the report.

  • The US Postal Service plans to implement these price changes on January,22, 2017, obviously only if they are approved by the PRC.
  • First Class-Mail will be going back up to $0.49, which was the rate prior to USPS’ $0.02 reduction by removing a surcharge.
  • The new rates, if approved will include a single price for First-Class Mail Commercial Presort letters weighing up to 3.5 ounces and a reduction in the one ounce meter price to $0.46.
  • Standard Mail is being rebranded as USPS Marketing Mail to better align the product name with the customer’s use of this mail class.
  • Proposed changes for Marketing Mail include removing the Flats Sequencing System (FSS) pricing which apparently was a concern to mailers.
  • Other changes include increasing the piece pound breakpoint from 3.3 to 4.0 ounces for Marketing Mail Flats.
  • The increase request did not include price changes for Postcards, letters being mailed to international destinations, or for additional ounces for Single Piece Letters.
Tony Nuzio, ICC Logistics

UPS and FedEx Rate Hikes Featured in TransDigest

TransdigestCheck out Tony’s Latest article for TransDigest on the Latest FedEx and UPS Rate Increases.
 

A PDF of the article can be accessed and downloaded here: TransDigest, Sep 2016

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