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What Does Mitigating Cost Mean?
When it comes to parcel, most shippers are focused on mitigating costs to some degree. This simply means that parcel shippers are actively participating in the reduction of their parcel network costs – how shippers get mitigate costs (e.g. what strategies they employ) vary from shipper to shipper.
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.
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.
The Ins and Outs of Expanding Your Carrier Base: 5 Key Questions to Ask
Before bidding out volume to a regional carrier, certain characteristics of the supply chain should be evaluated. Here, we’ll highlight five specific characteristics or network components that should be considered before selecting a regional carrier.
INFOGRAPHIC: How COVID-19 is Affecting the Parcel Industry
Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has impacted the global supply chain, disrupting industries around the world. Just like their customers, carriers are not immune to the negative impacts of COVID-19.
Make Peak Season Less Painful with These Cost Avoidance Strategies
Peak season surcharges began in 2017 as a way for carriers to mitigate some of the costs during the heavy shipping season. Packages that require extra handling (i.e. additional handling, large package/oversize, and over maximum limits/unauthorized package) that get pushed into the carriers’ network create less efficiency; therefore, carriers seem to penalize shippers even more during the holiday season.
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.