• 2013 PartnerShip Holiday Shipping Schedule

    11/26/2013 — Matt Nagel

    Holiday

    With Thanksgiving upon us, and the rest of the holidays not far behind, we want to make sure you have the holiday schedule for PartnerShip and all of our core carriers.

    Click here to view our holiday schedule

    If you have any questions or special shipping needs this holiday season, please call us at 800-599-2902 or send an email to sales@PartnerShip.com.

    From everyone here at PartnerShip - have a wonderful Thanksgiving and thank you for being our customer!

    Happy Thanksgiving 2013


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  • Shipping Best Practices for Online Retailers

    11/25/2013 — Leah Palnik

    98186944Businesses are gearing up for the inevitable increase in traffic that comes with the busy holiday season. Luckily for shoppers, they no longer have to face long lines and crowded parking lots to get their shopping done during this busy time — they can choose to do it all online.

    In the past several years, Cyber Monday has been catching up to Black Friday in popularity, offering consumers an alternative way to get the best deals while crossing names off their —nice list.' Online retailers have undoubtedly already begun preparing for Cyber Monday by ramping up marketing efforts and making sure their websites can handle the increased traffic.

    If you're one of the businesses gearing up for Cyber Monday and the rest of the holiday season, it's important to not forget the basics of optimizing the online shopping experience for your customers. Shipping is a very important component of the online sale process and a key part to your ecommerce success. Here are some shipping best practices to keep in mind:

    • Be transparent. Include shipping costs on the product page, instead of hiding them behind a login page, and give extended information on what the customer can expect from each shipping option.
    • Consider a free shipping strategy. You could provide free shipping at a minimum order price, offer free or reduced shipping to your best customers, or offer it for a limited time. For more ideas, check out How to Effectively Offer Free Shipping.
    • Keep your customers in the loop. Arguably one of the biggest downfalls of online shopping is the waiting game, so let your customers know their order is in good hands. Email them a receipt confirmation of their order once they place it, notify them when it has shipped, and most importantly provide them with the tracking number.
    • Make returns easy. There is an increased element of risk when shopping online. Consumers often worry What if it doesn't fit? or What if it doesn't work like I thought it would?. Give your customers the reassurance they need by presenting them with a simple and hassle-free return policy. Better yet, make that policy clear early on in the sale process to ease their nerves and ultimately help secure the sale.
    • Reduce your overall shipping costs. Work with your shipping partners or 3PL (like PartnerShip) to ensure you are saving as much as possible on your shipping. You can pass on any savings you garner to your customers or use it to re-invest in your business. 

    Implementing these basic best practices for shipping will provide you with a good foundation for the success of your online sales during this holiday season and beyond. PartnerShip can help you in all facets of your shipping and logistics — not only outbound to your customers, but also inbound from your suppliers. For a free shipping analysis click the button below.


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  • PartnerShip Supports the Great American Smokeout Day

    11/21/2013 — Scott Frederick

    Great American SmokeoutPartnerShip would like to remind everyone that today is the Great American Smokeout Day. The goal of this special day is quite obvious: to get people to quit smoking, resulting in fewer health problems, and  less cancer and emphysema deaths resulting from smoking and secondary smoke.

    Quitting smoking is not an easy task. Often (usually), it takes repeated efforts. That's okay, as long as you keep trying until you finally succeed. The health benefits, and the prospect of a longer life are crystal clear.

    The American Cancer Society encourages all smokers to give up the "butt" today. Join millions of other Americans today and take a big step to a happier, healthier, longer life.

    The health benefits of quitting start immediately from the moment of smoking cessation. Quitting while you are younger will reduce your health risks more, but quitting at any age can give back years of life that would be lost by continuing to smoke. Here are some facts from the cancer.org website:

    ACS Smoking Facts


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  • Small Business Saturday is November 30

    11/20/2013 — Scott Frederick

    PS SmallBiz Sat 2013 BannerOnce again, PartnerShip is supporting Small Business Saturday by encouraging shoppers to buy products and services from small businesses. Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses across the country. Founded by American Express in 2010, this day is celebrated every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This year, Small Business Saturday is on November 30th - just 10 days from today!

    PartnerShip LLC, is itself a small business (<100 employees) and we actively support thousands of other small businesses across North America with discounted shipping services and unique, value-added shipping solutions. As such, we're glad to support this annual event which is promoted by American Express, and also supported by FedEx - one of our key alliance partners - and countless other organizations.

    Visit the www.shopsmall.com website to "find out where to shop" in your area. You'll find a great tool to search for local merchants in your community that you can help support with your loyalty over the holiday shopping season.

    Also, if you'd like to shop small and save big on your shipping, then you should talk to PartnerShip. Click here to request more information about our services, or simply contact us over the phone, through email, or via live chat.

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  • Get A Free Shipping Analysis

    11/18/2013 — Scott Frederick

    Free Shipping AnalysisSometimes you just don't know what you don't know. This is especially true when it comes to LTL (less-than-truckload) freight rates. Because there are so many variables that go into your bottom-line LTL freight pricing - such as commodity classification, base rate schedules, discounts, accessorial fees, etc. - it's difficult to really understand if you're getting the best rate when you call your carrier or 3PL for that freight quote. As shown in the example below, sometimes the "highest discount" doesn't always mean the "lowest price."

    LTL Freight Comparison

    For this reason, PartnerShip began offering a no-obligation FREE freight analysis service a few years ago to help small businesses sort through their current freight rates to ensure they aren't leaving money on the table. Best of all, our free freight analysis comes with no-obligation - if you already have the best market rates, we'll let you know so that you can continue to enjoy them.

    If you're wondering how your current freight rates compare, before (or after) you ask for that next quote from your existing carrier or 3PL, consider having PartnerShip provide you with a free freight analysis to make sure you are getting the best deal possible. All you need to do is click the button below and complete a short form and then our experts will go to work for you!

    PartnerShip is a leading shipping solutions provider to small businesses nationwide!


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  • PartnerShip Lends a Hand to Soles4Souls

    11/14/2013 — Matt Nagel

    Soles4SoulsAs the endorsed shipping provider for the National Shoe Retailers Association (NSRA), PartnerShip is exhibiting and attending the 2013 NSRA Annual Leadership Conference in Boston, Massachusetts this week. Yesterday, PartnerShip employees Brian Ferancy and Harry Centa, had the opportunity to volunteer at a Soles4Souls event providing shoes to Boston's less privileged.

    Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization advances its anti-poverty mission by collecting new and used shoes and clothes from individuals, schools, faith-based institutions, civic organizations and corporate partners, then distributing those shoes and clothes both via direct donations to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.

    This week's event, which was held at the Pine Street Inn in downtown Boston, provided approximately 200 pairs of shoes to people who needed them! We are very proud that PartnerShip employees were able to help out with such a worthy cause!

    Here are some pictures from the event that were posted to the PartnerShip Flickr page ...


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  • 17 Ways to Get Social with PartnerShip!

    11/12/2013 — Scott Frederick

    speak and listenAt PartnerShip we understand the importance of providing our customers and prospects with a variety of communications options so that we're available to them when and where they want us. That's why we continue to build and expand our communications channels and social media outlets so that it is very easy to find PartnerShip and interact with our company and our employees.

    Here are the many ways that you can contact or interact with PartnerShip:

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     ... via telephone at 800-599-2902 (call us toll-free)

     

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     ... via our PartnerShip.com website (click icon to view)

     

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     ... via Email using a variety of addresses (click icon for options midway down page)

     

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     ... via LiveChat on our website (click icon to chat)

     

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     ... via The PartnerShip Connection Blog (click icon to subscribe)

     

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     ... via our LinkedIn profile (click icon to view and follow us)

     

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     ... via our Twitter profile (click icon to view and follow us)

     

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     ... via our Facebook page (click icon to view and like us)

     

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     ... via our Instagram account (click icon to view and follow us)

     

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     ... via our SlideShare presentations page (click icon to view and follow us)

     

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     ... via our Google+ profile (click icon to view and add us to your circle)

     

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     ... via Flickr where you can see our pictures (click icon to view)

     

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     ... via Pinterest where you can view our boards (click icon to pin us)

     

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     ... via Tumblr where you can find another blog profile (click icon to view)

     

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     ... via Vimeo where you can watch our videos (click icon to view)

     

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     ... via our YouTube channel (click icon to view and follow us)

     

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     ... and yes, you can even find us on Yelp (click icon to give us a great review!)

     

    If there is another communications or social media channel you'd like to see PartnerShip offer, please send an email to our Marketing team at marketing@PartnerShip.com. Otherwise, we look forward to interacting with you through any of the methods listed above!

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  • Thank You Veterans of America

    11/11/2013 — Scott Frederick

    veterans day flagPartnerShip formally salutes the people who have served in armed service protecting our country. On this Veterans Day, please join us in honoring the military personnel who served the United States in all wars.

    Here are some quick facts about Veterans Day:


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  • 2014 FedEx Express Rate Increases

    11/07/2013 — Leah Palnik

    bos 1002 06 2008FedEx recently announced a general rate increases (GRI) of 3.9%, on average, for domestic and international FedEx Express services. These new rates will take effect January 6, 2014 along with the FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery general rate increases that will be announced later this year (historically, FedEx will match Ground increases set by UPS). In previous years, FedEx has had higher rate increases but offset them with a fuel surcharge reduction. This year they have not announced plans to modify the fuel surcharge indexes and instead have lowered the rate increase compared to previous years (3.9% vs. 5.9% in 2013).

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    For a full listing of the 2014 FedEx Express rates, click here. Below is a snapshot of average rate increases for commonly used FedEx Express services.

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    Source: http://www.parcelindustry.com/Media/PublicationsArticle/fedex1.pdf 

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    2014 will also see changes to surcharges and fees for FedEx Express services, with a 7.6% average increase.

    • Declared Value. Declared value charges for FedEx Express services will increase from $0.85 to $0.90 per $100 of value. For U.S. package services, the charges apply to shipments valued in excess of $100, and the minimum charge will increase from $2.55 to $2.70. For international services, the charge applies to the value in excess of $100 or $9.07 per lb., whichever is greater.
    • Delivery Area Surcharge. For applicable FedEx Express U.S. package services, a delivery area surcharge applies to shipments destined to select ZIP codes.describe the image
    • Collect on Delivery (C.O.D.). For applicable FedEx Express U.S. package services, the charge for FedEx C.O.D. will increase from $11 per package to $12 per package. The cap for FedEx Express Multiweight shipments will increase from $77 per shipment to $84 per shipment.
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    • Saturday Delivery. For applicable FedEx Express U.S. package services, the charge for Saturday delivery will increase from $15 per package to $16 per package. For applicable FedEx Express international package services, the charge for Saturday delivery will increase from $15 per shipment to $16 per shipment.
    • Saturday Pickup. For applicable FedEx Express U.S. package services, the charge for Saturday pickup will increase from $15 per package to $16 per package and the maximum charge will increase from $105 per shipment to $112 per shipment. For applicable FedEx Express international package services, the charge for Saturday pickup will increase from $15 per shipment to $16 per shipment.

    If you ship small packages these rate increases will likely affect your business. When FedEx announces their FedEx Ground rate increases, you can count on PartnerShip to provide you with a breakdown of what these new rates will mean to you and your business in 2014. In the meantime, it's important to start evaluating how you can combat these rises in shipping costs. Through a PartnerShip-managed shipping program, you receive significant discounts on select FedEx services - resulting in savings that can offset these general rate increases.

    If you're not sure if you qualify for one of our small package shipping programs Contact Us and we'll find the solution that's right for you. Also, if you click the button below, we can provide you with a free, no-obligation shipping analysis to determine how much we can help you save on your small package shipping.

     


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  • Dayton Freight Added as a PartnerShip Core Carrier

    11/04/2013 — Matt Nagel

    Dayton Freight LogoPartnerShip has created a new, core carrier alliance with Dayton Freight to provide LTL freight services to our customers located in the Midwest United States. Dayton Freight provides direct delivery to eleven midwestern states with 44 service centers. Founded in Dayton, OH, Dayton Freight has provided freight services since 1981 and built a long-standing tradition of next- and two-day delivery services.

    Through our partnership with Dayton Freight, customers will enjoy competitive LTL freight rates as well as the ability to print bills of lading, print labels, and track shipments on PartnerShip.com. Through PartnerShip, along with the competitive freight rates, our customers have access to:

    • The Dayton Freight On the Double program, which is a great way to guarantee delivery of your mission-critical freight for specific delivery dates or times.
    • Additional Special Services, including deck trailers that are designed to ensure the safety of freight shipments and the ability to deliver to residential areas, and liftgate trailers throughout the system.

    At PartnerShip, we are confident Dayton Freight will be a valuable addition to our group of world-class, LTL carriers, and will provide our customers with yet another option for their LTL freight shipments. If you have any questions regarding Dayton Freight services, or special LTL freight shipping needs that Dayton Freight might be able to address, call your dedicated PartnerShip sales representative at 800-599-2902.

    If you are interested in receiving a Dayton Freight rate quote for an upcoming LTL freight shipment, log on to PartnerShip.com, or create a web account if you haven't already done so.


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