SHIPPING IN 2021 DURING COVID-19.
In the packaging and shipping world, we expect the General Rate Increase (GRI) that happens every year. But 2020 was unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. And so are the rate changes. Residential deliveries exploded. Healthcare and food products shipments for E-Comm did, too. So by the simple rules of supply and demand, carriers have increased rates in the obvious areas, by implementing residential, additional handling, large package and delivery area surcharges.
ARE YOU 100% ON THE PERCENTAGE INCREASES?
From carrier increases to the cost of paper going up, it’s more important than ever to keep an eye on your business spend. If you’ve been shipping through UPS, this won’t be a surprise for you. But what is eye-opening this year is the latest news from FedEx: a 6% late payment fee. These six little percentage points can make a massive difference in your shipping budget, affecting both US FedEx Express and FedEx Ground customers who don’t pay their invoices by the due date. Paper prices are going up, too, to the tune of a 10–12% increase starting this December. The good news? You can handle this double whammy when you call in the packaging pros at Ernest, set a budget and make a plan. Read the full article, here.
ABATE THOSE RATES WITH ERNEST.
The new rates and fees are just a fact of doing business. But when you pack and ship smarter, you can offset those costs. We’ll work with you so you can keep your shipping on track and your business in the black. Next, if you’ve found yourself suddenly shipping directly to customers, we’ll ensure you’re not overpacking. Because those new weight and dimension surcharges can be brutal. Matter of fact, we have an app for it: the DIM Weight Calculator. It helps you save money on shipping by not overbuilding your pallet or container.
RING IN THE NEW YEAR EFFICIENTLY.
Unexpected rate changes on January 1st can hurt more than a champagne headache. We’re here to alleviate the pain and initiate a plan. Whether it’s ensuring you’re packing in the most efficient way possible or finding shipping methods that get you the best bang for your budget, we’re on board. Simply Contact Us or give us a call at 800-233-7788 and we’ll be at the ready.