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We stay on top of parcel carrier news as part of our due diligence to our customers and partners. Being aware of the challenges faced by and solutions created by parcel carriers allows us to better serve our community, and we often share articles and resources around this unique industry niche.

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What is a Parcel Carrier?

The generally accepted definition of a parcel carrier is a provider that delivers small packages to commercial and residential addresses. As with most businesses, parcel carrier competitors vary in location, speed, and service offerings, making it important to strategically analyze which parcel carrier is most suited to advantage your parcel network.

National Carriers

A national parcel carrier is just that – a parcel carrier that delivers nationwide, such as FedEx, UPS, or USPS. Typically these carriers are selected due to the vastness and heavy resources-enabled nature of their supply chains. They have proven methods for systematically delivering and tracking small packages across the U.S. at competitive pricing.

Ask Yourself: If you are an e-commerce store, would you rather ship hundreds of products using one or two national carriers or seek out multiple regional carriers depending on when and where those packages need to be delivered? Typically, parcel shippers with a large number of shipments to make find a standardized approach with national carriers more cost and time effective.

The Big 2

When generally referring to parcel carriers, the assumption is that the largest two U.S. national carriers are in mind: FedEx and UPS. These are the Big 2. As mentioned above, FedEx and UPS bring their own individual strengths and challenges – deciding which is best to serve your parcel network will vary depending on your own unique parcel network and needs.

Regional Carriers

A regional carrier is a parcel carrier that delivers small packages to defined regional territories, sometimes as large as multiple states or as small as precise cities. Just like national carrier, regional carriers vary in their size and service offerings. Regional carriers are often perceived to be a more personalized and timely approach to parcel shipping, though they are not always the most cost-effective providers. Still, regional carriers bring unique advantages to the regions they serve.

Today, many parcel shippers elect to combine some semblance of a national carrier and regional carrier within their parcel network, especially as One-Day, Same-Day, and even Weekend delivery have become more important to customers.

Recent Resources


4 weeks ago

Our Best Peak Season Planning Advice for Today and Next Year

With peak season upon us, there’s no better time to look back on some of the peak holiday shipping advice we’ve given over the years.

1 month ago

3 Parcel Strategies that Major Retailers are Leveraging to Mitigate Carrier Capacity Constraints

Carrier capacity issues abound in this new COVID-19-impacted parcel industry, but we've identified three successful and creative strategies some of the largest brands are implementing to maintain their customer commitment.

1 month ago

After a Dizzying Transportation Summer, Shippers Lead with Agility into Peak Season

Shippers prepare for peak – and non-peak – surcharges by being flexible and open to opportunity.

2 months ago

Parcel Carrier Contract Negotiation Amidst a Global Pandemic

In 2020, shippers across the world are finding that negotiating their parcel carrier contract is unlike contract negotiation during any year prior – largely impacting those wanting to diversify their carrier network through this strategic means.

2 months ago

2020 Guide to COVID-19 and Peak Season Surcharges and Rate Changes

Many curious eyes are watching as the parcel industry continues to adapt to COVID-19 and prepares to enter this year's peak holiday season. To help our readers follow along, we've collected many of the more notable surcharges and rate changes known to date.


6 months ago

Leading Insights From GMT's Annual Parcel Benchmark Report

GMT's own Director of Operations, D. Aaron Guild, and distinguished faculty fellow from UT GSCI, John Lebowitz present takeaways and insights from our 2020 Benchmark Report.

6 months ago

Transportation Trends and the Impact of COVID-19

Insights from GMT's annual Benchmark Report. Featuring Chris Johnson, Senior Analyst at Cleveland Research Center.


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