• Custom Crating And Shipment Protection Solutions

    01/10/2014 — Scott Frederick

    CratesWhether you need a custom crate to protect your valuable shipment, or a maximum protection solution to protect a much larger shipment, PartnerShip® has the resources and connections to make it happen.

    Our strategic alliances allow us to offer a variety of commercial and residential custom crating solutions. Whether you want to buy your own custom crate, or if you'd prefer to affordably rent one, our flexible solutions give you peace-of-mind that your valuable shipment is protected and carefully handled. Whether you are moving something across town or across the country, you can trust PartnerShip to help you every step of the way.

    Our custom crating solutions are:

    • Perfect for exhibits and trade shows
    • Weather resistant
    • Returnable/reusable
    • Fast and easy to assemble
    • Powered by reputable alliance partners, including You Crate® and LEFCO Worthington

    Maximum Protection Solutions

    PartnerShip also has the connections to help when you maximum protection and security for all of our moving and storage needs. With our maximum protection solutions, your items remain intact and secure in the same trailer from pickup through final delivery. These solutions normally include a custom, tamper-resistant bulkhead and a unique traceable ID tag that links your directly to your shipment.

    Benefits include:

    • Cost effective — you pay only for the trailer space you need
    • Protection — reduce potential damage and avoid unnecessary rehandling
    • Convenience — you load based on your schedule, not the carrier's
    • Security — protect your shipment from theft and burglary
    • Powered by reputable alliance partners, including R+L Carriers Load and Protect and YRC Freight Sealed Divider™

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    If you're interested in learning more, submit a Learn More interest form, call us at
    800-599-2902 option 3, or send an email to sales@PartnerShip.com


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  • New PartnerShip Company Overview Video

    03/25/2013 — Scott Frederick

    Check out the new PartnerShip company overview video. You can also watch this video on the PartnerShip YouTube Channel, along with other recent video productions we have published there - such as CAMEX 2013 customer testimonials, employee team-building activities, and more!

    If you're new to PartnerShip, you can also watch this video on the company overview section of our new PartnerShip.com website. While you're there, you can read more about the company; peruse information on our LTL freight, small package, and tradeshow services; take advantage of shipping resources and tips; buy discounted shipping supplies; get a free quote; and create an account if you'd like access to our easy-to-use, online freight management tools.

    I hope you enjoy the video. Please contact us at any time if you have any feedback or questions.


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  • Your Final Four of Shipping Services!

    03/19/2013 — Scott Frederick

    Final Four of ShippingIt's March Madness all across the United States! And while you're rooting for your team to make the Final Four, we'd like to remind you that the PartnerShip "final four" of shipping services is a sure fire way to score great savings on your transportation spend.

    • LTL Freight Shipping ... this is your #1 seed to great service, quality carriers and super savings. When you ship LTL freight shipments with PartnerShip, you can shop rates across reputable carriers (not too many, not too few) with whom we have core carrier alliances. That means you know the service will be great, and that PartnerShip will help you with any part of the process - from completing a bill of lading to tracking a shipment. If you're not yet a PartnerShip customer, ask us for a free, no-obligation shipping analysis to see if we can help you save money.
    • Tradeshow Shipping ... plays in the same conference as your LTL Freight Shipping. That means, once again - quality carriers, great prices and friendly help throughout the entire process. You also get our exclusive Tradeshow Assurance Guaranteeâ„¢, which means you'll never be left standing in an empty booth space at your show. And, same as with LTL Freight Shipping, you get an audited, consolidated invoice with flexible payment terms and methods. If you're ready to try us out, let us give you a no-obligation free quote for your next show.
    • Small Package Shipping ... your top seed for small package services can be addressed with select FedEx® services, available to qualified businesses that are members of an association or trade group with a shipping program managed by PartnerShip. Like our other services, small package shipping comes free with no obligation. And with over 20 year of experience, we can help you get setup quickly and hassle-free. Contact us to see if you business qualifies for one of our small package shipping programs.
    • Specialized Solutions ... the dark-horse among your PartnerShip final four is an area that we call specialized solutions. With small business in mind, we continue to develop specialized solutions that are geared towards helping our customers be more successful in all facets of shipping and logistics. This includes inbound management, online freight management tools, special projects, storage services, moving services, dicounted shipping supplies, marketing services, and more. Let us know if you'd like to learn more about our specialized solutions - or even if there are other services you'd like us to offer in the future!

    So there you have it - the PartnerShip final four of shipping services. If you're a fan of March Madness - best of luck to you and the team for which you are rooting. And when it comes to shipping, know that PartnerShip is rooting to make you a winner each and every day!

    Scott G Frederick

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  • What are Your Shipping Supply options?

    10/10/2012 — Scott Frederick

    ShippingSuppliesAs it relates to shipping and packaging supplies, there are many choices in the marketplace. Seemingly everyone from FedEx to the USPS to wholesale shipping supply companies has a deal for small businesses. On top of that, there are so many types of packaging products - like boxes, envelopes, wraps, tags, tapes, cushions, drums, cartons, etc. - it's hard to know what and where to buy what you really need.

    To narrow your list of choices, first analyze your shipping and volume needs. Here are some points to consider:

    • How complicated or valuable is my product?

    • How much material will I need for each shipment?

    • How much volume do I plan on shipping?

    • How important is packaging and shipping to my company's success?

    • How complicated is it to order and source the shipping supplies I need?

    If you ship low quantities and your packaging is not all that critical to your success, you might consider contacting FedEx, UPS or the USPS. All of these express package companies offer some free basic shipping supplies, such as boxes, envelopes, mailers.

    If you do a considerable amount of shipping or have special packaging material needs, you will probably want to check out some of the national shipping supply firms like Uline, eSupplyStore or PackagingSupplies.com. All of these companies can provide good prices on larger quantities of shipping supplies, as well as options for unique material needs.

    If your shipping and packaging needs fall somewhere in between the options outlined above, then your best bet will be to find a trusted shipping partner or vendor who can provide you with a good recommendation on where to find low-cost shipping supplies with smaller distributors or retailers.

    No matter what path you go down, be sure to compare prices before your buy, make sure you understand how much you will be charges for "shipping and handling" on your orders, and find a partner that has an quick and easy online ordering process for replenishment of your supplies.

    PartnerShip is pleased to announce that - coming soon - we will be able to offer our customers with a new option to purchase basic shipping supplies such as boxes, mailers, tape, and tape guns. We promise that our volume requirements will be low, our prices will be competitive, our shipping charges will be "at cost," and our online ordering tools will be easy-to-use. Stay tuned for more information over the next couple weeks! To request more information now, please click here.  


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  • 8 Excuses for Not Working with a 3PL Provider

    09/14/2012 — Scott Frederick

    PartnerShip LogisticsWhen a member of the PartnerShip sales team talks with a prospective customer for the first time, they occasionally are met with some resistance to the idea of working with a 3PL provider. For small and medium businesses, working with a 3PL can seem like a daunting notion. Here are some common "excuses" cited as reasons for not working with a 3PL partner:

    1. "I can't afford to switch carriers." In some instances this may be a good reason to stay the course if you are getting really good pricing that can't be matched by the 3PL. However, in most cases a 3PL can use its buying clout to negotiate better rates on your behalf. A 3PL can also audit and consolidate freight bills, and provide claims filing assistance, saving additional time that the small businesses can use to focus on more critical tasks. Additionally, some 3PLs offer additional liability protection on your shipments that you may not be receiving today (for instance, PartnerShip provides $25/pound liability coverage, whereas many carriers offer only $10/pound).
    2. "Freight costs are not a big deal because my customer pays for the freight." Unless you're product is totally indispensible, this is extremely short-sighted thinking. The total landed price if a product always influences the final sale price. Your customer may not care now, but if they find a cheaper alternative - one that can possible be sourced from a local vendor instead of you - their business will be at risk.
    3. "I buy all of my inbound materials vendor prepaid." If you are the customer, then you are probably overpaying for your inbound goods if you trust that your vendor is always giving you the lowest freight price. Wouldn't it at least make sense to explore both "inbound prepaid" and "inbound collect" options to see which yields the lower overall cost of goods? The reality is that there's no such thing as "free shipping," so don't be fooled into thinking those costs aren't hidden somewhere.
    4. "Freight costs are not of a concern since my profit margins are good." Sure, margins may be good today, but they won't be good tomorrow if your customer finds a lower-priced alternative. Even if they don't find a lower-priced alternative, what's wrong with the idea of improving upon your already good margins? You never know when those additional profits may be needed down the road.
    5. "I pay my staff good salaries, so I shouldn't need a 3PL to do their jobs for them." If you are a small or medium business, then in all likelihood transportation decisions are only a small portion of your employees' overall responsibilities. When you work with a quality 3PL, you aren't duplicating their work - you're giving them the tools and support to do their jobs more effectively. A 3PL partner will allow you and your people to focus on your core competencies which are probably marketing, merchandising, and selling your products.  
    6. "I already have great pricing with my current carrier." If your only evidence of this statement comes from your current carrier, they may be guilty of a conflict of interest. Would they really admit it if you had bad pricing? Definitely not. Additionally, some carriers can be price-competitive in some lanes, but not competitive in other lanes. When you work with a quality 3PL partner, you generally get a few options for each of your shipping lanes ensuring you enjoy the lowest possible cost on every shipment, every time.
    7. "My business is down and so I'm not shipping as much." If your business is down like so many others in today's economy, your "buying power" is probably down as well. This makes it all the more imperative that you leverage the buying clout of a 3PL. They can ensure, no matter if your business is up or down, you maintain low-priced freight rates that are consistent with the most competitive, prevailing shipping rates in the market.
    8. "My business is up and I simply don't have time to deal with a 3PL." No one can deny that entering into a new partnership with a 3PL - or any other supplier - takes a certain amount of time. However, if you do the real math, quite often the nominal time investment it will take to bring a quality 3PL on board will more than pay for it in future freight and time savings. Additionally, having this foundation in place will allow you to continue to maximize your business growth going forward, without having to get bogged down with the nitty-gritty details around shipping and carrier relations. 

    The advantages of using a 3PL freight partner are clear, and it is important to choose the right one. As a dependable and reputable 3PL freight partner, PartnerShip is your shipping connection to substantial discounts and customized solutions for your business.  For more information contact us at 800-599-2902 or email select@PartnerShip.com. You can also download our short, electronic white paper below on "The Advantages of Using a 3PL Freight Partner" by clicking the button below.


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  • A PartnerShip Profile: ABF

    07/23/2012 — Matt Nagel

    ABF was recently added to the select group of core carriers serving PartnerShip customers. ABF concentrates on national and regional transportation of general commodities freight, involving primarily LTL shipments. Established in 1923 in Fort Smith, Arkansas, ABF has solidified its reputation as a benchmark for safety, security, and freight-handling standards.

    ABF Logo 
    Through the PartnerShip alliance with ABF, customers can access competitive LTL freight rates, create bills of lading, print labels, and track shipments on PartnerShip.com. In addition to competitive freight rates PartnerShip customers enjoy ABF U-Pack services which offer extremely competitive rates on the ReloCubes for moving purposes. Some other advantages PartnerShip customers have by using ABF for LTL freight services are:
    • ABF provides comprehensive shipping services to all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Guam and Puerto Rico (see map below).
    • More than 99 percent of all shipments handled by ABF are moved without a loss or damage claim.
    • Additional ABF services available upon request through PartnerShip:
      • TimeKeeper®, a guaranteed expedited service for time-critical, time-definite shipments.
      • TurnKey®, a premium inside delivery and set-up service.
      • FreightValue®, a service for shipments requiring special equipment or handling.
    If you have any questions regarding ABF services, or special LTL freight shipping needs that ABF might be able to address, call your dedicated PartnerShip sales representative at 800-599-2902.

    If you are interested in receiving a ABF rate quote for an upcoming LTL shipment, log on to PartnerShip.com, or create a web account if you haven't already done so.
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  • College Store Moving Services Program

    05/21/2012 — Scott Frederick

    PartnerShip Moving ServicesPartnerShip recently joined forces with U-Pack Moving® (a division of ABF) to create a turnkey college moving services program for our college store customers. The program allows college stores to increase their store floor traffic and one-stop-shop image with a value-added service that helps students moving to college, students moving back home, and teachers relocating to a new university. 

    U-Pack Moving is an extremely affordable moving solution for students and teachers - and it's signifantly less than traditional leasing services when you factor-in rental fees and fuel costs into the equation. Basically the U-Pack Moving service works like this:

    • ABF brings a small moving trailer or moving container (called a ReloCube®) to the origin residence

    • Customer has 3 business days to pack and load household goods into secure trailer or ReloCube

    • ABF driver picks up the trailer or ReloCube and drives to the destination residence

    • Customer has up to 3 business days to unload before ABF returns to pickup the trailer or ReloCube

    PartnerShip and U-Pack Moving help college stores setup and market the program. If you are PartnerShip college store customer and you are interested in having a U-Pack Moving services program available at your store, contact PartnerShip at 800-599-2902 or email us at sales@PartnerShip.com for more details. You can also click the button below to immediately download a PDF copy of our program overview document.


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