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The Impact of Brand Strategy on Parcel Transportation: 2019 GMT Benchmark Report

In collaboration with Cleveland Research, GMT completed the 4th Annual Benchmark Survey on emerging trends in retail brand strategy and impacts on order fulfillment and parcel transportation.

5 Hidden Things to Look for During a Parcel Bid Event

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In every bid event, you want to make sure you have all your bases covered and are setting yourself up for a great relationship with your carrier over the life of the contract. Fully understanding your parcel contract, including some of the easily overlooked pieces, can help mitigate future disagreements or unexpected budget issues.

Building a Better Brand Strategy

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For better or worse, your shipping strategy delivers more than just product. Here's how to harness logistics to drive a better brand stategy.

Driving Profitability in an Express World

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The pressure is on to move to faster and faster delivery to the end consumer. Here are a few strategies shippers can adopt to drive profitability in their transportation networks while still providing what their customers really want.

Growing Pains: Being Prepared for the Constraints of Network Optimization

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Most parcel and LTL shippers identify fast order fulfillment (fewer than two days) as their number one strategic focus, but a common problem affecting these shippers is their ability to actually implement the various optimization opportunities available to them. Being able to proactively identify and prepare for these constraints is the key to implementing an optimization strategy and gaining the maximum return on your investments.

Additional Cost Increases Coming for FedEx Parcel Shippers

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It was recently reported at FedEx's Q3 earnings call that beginning June 1, FedEx will be reducing its additional handling package length threshold from 60 inches down to 48 inches on all ground shipments. According to FedEx's Mike Glenn, this change was made primarily as a way to leverage the costs and labor associated with the growing e-commerce volume. So what does this mean for you? Industry expert William Cordell explains.

Shippers' Perspective on the Parcel Climate This Peak Season and Beyond

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The parcel industry continues to be as unpredictable as ever. Uncertainty is a consistent theme among parcel shippers and navigating through it is becoming increasingly challenging. I recently attended the Parcel Forum in Chicago this October and took the opportunity to ask many of the shippers and carriers present to share with me their concerns about uncertainty within the parcel climate as we approach peak season and a new year in 2016.

Managing and Utilizing Big Data to Optimize the Supply Chain

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The idea of using data as a tool to drive business decisions began in the 1980s. Since then, advances in hardware and software technologies have dramatically improved our ability to work with data causing radical shifts in how we do business. According to recent studies, the amount of data that is collected daily doubles every two years.

Parcel Spend Management: An Effective Solution in a Rapidly Changing Industry

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Most large parcel shippers would agree that the parcel industry is evolving at a pace more rapidly than we have seen in recent history. After years of shippers designing and operating their parcel networks primarily based on FedEx and UPS's service capabilities, we are seeing a shift to alternative network strategies that permit the incorporation of other carriers' solutions. In an industry dominated primarily by two large carriers, opportunities are quickly arising that lower the barriers...

Regional Carriers - An Increasingly Viable Carrier Alternative

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I am noticing Regional carriers are gaining more interest than ever in the parcel shipping community these days. They have been a presence for years in the industry, but recent parcel industry trends and developments are thrusting them onto an even larger stage. Retailers in particular have been a primary factor in providing greater stardom for the Regionals. As most in the parcel industry are aware, omni-channel retailing strategies are disrupting how retailing is conducted. As a result, the methods for fulfilling and delivering consumer orders are also being disrupted. A primary objective of the omni-channel strategy is optimizing inventory...

Avoiding Operational Pitfalls in a Dynamic Parcel Network

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As the pressure to stay ahead of the competition has increased, many shippers are working to increase flexibility in their networks. A common goal for shippers is developing a nimble network to meet the high expectations of consumers... Well-meant intentions can result in increased cost and poor service if quality processes for operational execution are not deployed...

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