Wednesday, April 14, 2010

If It Fits, It Ships – But Does It Fit You?

When Brown and FedEx are using the US Mail, it might be worth looking into.

Do you use the U.S. Postal Service to deliver small packages to your customers?

These guys do. FedEx and United Parcel Service are both utilizing “snail mail” in their parcel fulfillment operations. FedEx has “SmartPost,” in which the company handles packages from their origin all the way to the destination city, then turns them over to the Post Office for “last mile” delivery.

UPS calls their program “Mail Innovations.” The parcel giant says using their combination of Big Brown and Postal Service delivery for bulk mail “can streamline, optimize, and synchronize your mailing process.” The Post Office itself has had success with their “If it fits, it ships” service, offering flat-rate pricing for standard sized cartons.

The point is, there is an ever-changing stream of new and, yes, innovative, logistics solutions for American business. To remain competitive, you need to stay on top of the latest in parcel, LTL, truckload, intermodal, air, and ocean shipping.


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