Shipping Insights

Rob Martinez is the CEO of Shipware LLC, a professional services firm that transforms businesses through intelligent distribution solutions and strategies. Rob has helped some of the world’s most recognizable brands reduce parcel shipping costs an average of 25 percent through contract negotiations, rate benchmarking, modal optimization, invoice audit and other savings vehicles. A cum laude graduate of UCLA, Rob has 20 years of transportation industry experience, including executive positions at DHL and, in addition to his work as an outside consultant since 2001.

While FedEx SmartPost hasn't made any public announcements as of this publication, select customers have received written notifications of a price change effective April 27, 2015. Early indications are that FedEx intends to increase SmartPost rates by 8.3 percent.

In spite of plummeting oil prices, UPS just changed the tables used to calculate fuel surcharges, resulting in yet another rate increase for shippers. New, higher fuel surcharges for UPS Air, International and Ground products will change effective Feb. 2. You didn't miss the UPS memo. The corporate email didn't go into your junk folder. Your UPS sales rep didn't forget to call. There was no announcement. UPS simply updated the tables and posted them to its website overnight.


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