Multi Carrier Shipping Blog

Five Ways to Reduce Unexpected Carrier Back Charges

by Greg Marone

Everybody loves a pleasant surprise, but an unpleasant surprise – not so much. Without a doubt, unexpected carrier back charges fall into the unpleasant category. A shipping back charge is a supplemental fee charged to you by the carrier after delivery is completed – in addition to the freight charges you expected to pay for the shipment. (more…)

How to Reduce Shipping Costs with Pre-Manifesting

How many staff members does it take to ship a single package in your warehouse? Does every order go through the same process? Does many of your packages have the same weight and dimensions. If so, you may be able to streamline the process with pre-manifesting to ship faster and free up staff to focus on other important work your warehouse. (more…)

Cost and Service Reasons to Consider Alternative Carriers for Your Delivery Network

Reduce Freight Costs by Considering Alternative Carriers to UPS and FedEx

If you’re looking for freight cost savings, it may be time to consider other carriers for specific delivery areas in your network. For many companies, it’s a worthy question – in recent years, e-commerce companies have seen a huge shift in the way residential packages weighing less than five pounds are handled. Up to 50% of these packages are now being delivered through the United States Postal Service (USPS).

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CLS Achieves Platinum Status as a 2020 FedEx Compatible Provider

We’re proud to announce that CLS has been named a FedEx Compatible Platinum Partner for 2020. This is the latest in a series of FedEx awards by our company, demonstrating our continuing commitment to provide best-in-class multi-carrier shipping software to our mutual customers and the marketplace. As a FedEx Compatible provider, CLS has integrated core FedEx functionality directly into the InfoShip®/Vx shipping software solution. (more…)

Is Your E-Commerce Order Volume Plateauing? This May Be the Culprit

Recently on CNBC, Steve Liesman shared a comparison chart that seemed to indicate we may be seeing a plateau in eCommerce shipping volumes.

Anecdotally that may be true, but I see it as the result of a deeper problem − and one that has nothing to do with the plateauing of sales.

In my experience, there is an “80/20” rule taking place for eCommerce shippers − for 80% of these shippers, order volume is indeed plateauing. But for the other 20% of eCommerce shippers, order volumes (and sales) are continuing to grow very well, year after year. (more…)

Is This Goodbye for Parcel Tracking and Carrier Refund Services?

Recent small parcel contract changes are meant to cut out third-party package tracking services. Carriers are adding language to contracts and enforcing longstanding prohibitions against the use of these services.

Parcel shippers take note – if you use of third-party parcel tracking and refund services to recoup overcharges on delayed package deliveries, you may soon need a backup plan.
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How Much is Your Slow Shipping System Really Costing You?

by Rick Williams

Today’s Shipping Software Needs to Be Both Smarter and Faster

When I entered the shipping industry decades ago, there were less than 50 companies using what were then known as Computer Manifest Systems (today referred to as Multi-Carrier Shipping Systems). In the 1980’s, these were mainframe systems used by very high-volume shippers like Montgomery Ward, Spiegel and Avon. My entire UPS district had fewer than 50 shippers that shipped over 2,000 packages per day. 
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How to Set Up an Integrated Packing and Shipping Station

By Rick Williams

One of the biggest issues we see time and again in warehouses is the segregation of the packing and shiping stations. In the majority of cases these two operations can be combined into a single station, speeding up fulfillment and reducing time and manpower requirements.

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Client Success Story: 5.11 Tactical Improved Productivity through InfoShip®/Vx

Learn how gear and apparel company 5.11 Tactical eliminated shipping bottlenecks, sped up fulfillment, enhanced customer delivery service flexibility and reduced “where is my order” calls with CLS and InfoShip®/Vx.
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Four Proven Ways to Reduce Shipping Costs

By Rick Williams

Are you looking for ways to reduce shipping costs? In addition to negotiating getting the best possible rates from your carriers and tracking your packages to identify late delivery refunds, here are four cost-saving insights we’ve gained from decades of working with clients of all sizes and across multiple industries.
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