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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.
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.
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.
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.
2021 Guide to COVID-19 Surcharges and Rate Changes
In 2021, parcel carriers continue to implement a number of surchares and rate increases due to COVID-19 and peak volume – don't miss them!
Shipped Monthly: With Peak Season Nearly in Rearview Mirror, Carriers Prepare to Prioritize COVID-19 Vaccine
Carriers & shippers continue to navigate pandemic-driven landscape, while making way for COVID-19 vaccine and starting to review Peak Season.
2020 Holiday Shopping Trends
Are holiday shoppers responding to key Parcel strategies? Our infographic dives into a first look at 2020's peak season consumer spending.
Peak Season is Here, but FedEx, UPS, Regional Carriers, and Even Shippers Have Their Eyes on 2021
FedEx & UPS continue to focus on process & tech optimizations for 2021, regionals feel the same pain, and shippers are caught in the middle.
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.