Don’t get bullied by the big carriers. Get Ernest.

July 28, 2021



The last 18 months have proven to be tough for businesses across the country—and it doesn’t seem like it’s easing up just yet. If you’ve read recent headlines, you know that customer layoffs are now a thing. In mid-June, FedEx suspended about 1,400 customers of its freight shipping service in an attempt to ease their congested network. The big carrier also started peak season surcharges—a fee that companies will have to pay or risk being laid off.


This latest news comes after months of delays and higher prices for overseas shipping. The demand for shipping space has exceeded what’s currently available, and it’s difficult for any goods to make the journey to the U.S. But the problems don’t stop with shipping—these issues are fueled by a surge in demand for imports, mostly from factories in East Asia that are struggling to keep up.

You may be worrying about your business—that another big carrier may cut you off or that prices will keep going up. But we’re here to tell you that Ernest has got your back.



FedEx and other truckload carriers are flush with freight, and they’re in the driver’s seat now. Not only are carriers operating at more than 100%, but there’s also a shortage of trucks and drivers in the U.S. to haul these goods. The latter is very disconcerting considering trucks move more than 70% of all goods around the country. Then, there are the issues of not being able to ship goods via boats and other major carriers price gouging for air shipments. Businesses are now fearful that they could be laid off by another carrier while also dealing with higher prices and shipping issues.



Like many businesses, we’re sure you’re feeling the delays, higher prices, lack of shipping space, lack of drivers…and the problems go on, we know. Carriers are laying off customers to get their network in balance—but what are YOU supposed to do in the meantime?

For starters, look for companies who won’t use the excuse, “It’s just business,” and break up with you via a mass email. Partner with people who really care and want both you and your business to succeed.

That’s where we come in.



At Ernest, we can turn your packaging supply chain challenges into solutions at the snap of a finger. Okay, maybe not that fast, but you get the idea.

Our logistics solutions will save you time and money by getting the right product to the right place at the right time. We also use custom reporting tools, analyze order trends and efficiently manage your inventory to make the big picture a whole lot clearer.

And don’t forget about our not-so-secret weapon: Ernest Managed Inventory. EMI helps you manage the packaging end of your production. We create the storefront at your place of business to address your immediate needs, all while keeping everything in stock from our warehouse closest to you. Our team can also make sure your inventory arrives on time with our just-in-time deliveries.

It’s also an opportune time to start thinking about adjusting the packaging for your goods. We can help simplify your package—potentially shrinking the footprint and avoiding the full freight price increase.

One thing you can be absolutely sure of is we’ll never lay off our customers. In fact, if you’ve weathered the storm over the past year and a half, we think your entire team deserves a promotion. Whether you need more cost-effective packaging solutions, just-in-time deliveries or Ernest Managed Inventory, we’re here to help and we’re not going anywhere. If you’d like to learn more about our offerings, contact us at today to speak with an Ernest rep and get a free consultation.