Melissa Priest

Melissa Priest

Melissa is the Founder and CEO of Alexandretta Transportation Consulting, the only female-owned transportation consulting firm in the U.S. She is a recognized subject matter expert parcel shipping and global leader in parcel, trucking, ocean and air freight consulting and has saved clients over $1billion dollars since starting in the parcel industry nearly 25 years ago.

She is passionate about moving businesses forward by increasing their profits and competitive leverage

Melissa started her career at FedEx and transitioned into consulting 17 years ago. She works with clients ranging from start-up ecommerce firms to Fortune 50 companies, to provide savings on existing parcel, ocean, air and trucking agreements, as well as other solutions.

She is absolutely passionate about empowering women and is a co-author of the book: Women In Business: Breaking Through.

Melissa is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton with a B.A. with a degree in International Business and finished her studies in France at the University of Paris, Creteil.

Alexandretta brings average savings of 10% – 20% to its clients by identifying areas of improvement within existing carrier agreements, then works with the individual client to re-negotiate the agreement to capture the savings.

It is a diverse business with offices in the U.S, Europe and China. In addition to championing equality and diversity, the company gives back to the global community by donating 1% of its profits to humanitarian and environmental causes.

Parcel Shipping Expectations for Retail's Peak Season

On the heels of COVID-19, we sit in the most complex environment for parcel rates and service that we’ve seen in our lifetime. A confluence of factors have come together to bring sometimes fast-moving volatility to the market, which make parcel planning for large retailers incredibly challenging — both for peak and nonpeak.