• Everything you Need in an Exhibit Transportation Provider

    04/30/2013 — Leah Palnik

    Exhibit TransportationGetting your booth materials to and from a tradeshow or special event demands specialized, personal service and finding the right exhibit transportation company to deliver that is essential. Whether you're new to exhibiting or a seasoned veteran, you need a partner who will help you navigate the entire shipping process and most importantly, provide you with peace-of-mind. To help you sort it all out, we've listed the 3 key things to look for in an exhibit transportation provider:

    Great Rates
    Obviously, one of the first things you look at when you're deciding how to ship your exhibit materials is the cost. Keeping your shipping costs low can provide for more room in the show budget for other expenses and provide a better opportunity for a positive return on investment. Many people don't realize they can avoid extra costs by working with their own exhibit transportation company. You don't want to be caught paying more than you have to.

    Dedicated Service
    You already have a lot on your plate when you're planning for a show. You need an exhibit transportation partner that will do the heavy lifting for you so you can focus on getting the most out of your show. Having a dedicated shipping expert on your side to help you schedule your shipment, track it to and from the show, and simplify your paperwork can alleviate a lot of show preparation stress.

    Guaranteed Delivery
    Being stuck at a show without your booth is every exhibitor's worst nightmare. That's why it's crucial to work with an exhibit transportation company that provides you with guaranteed on-time delivery. If your shipment is lost or delayed you shouldn't be responsible for the cost, and guaranteed delivery shouldn't stop there — you still need a backup plan. You need an exhibit transportation partner that will help you get you up and running again so you can still have a successful show.

    PartnerShip is the best choice for your tradeshow shipments. You can always expect great rates and valuable service from our team of shipping experts. Our dedicated account representatives will go above and beyond to make sure everything goes smoothly with your shipment. Best of all — you don't have to worry about your booth getting to the show on time. With our exclusive Tradeshow Assurance Guaranteeâ„¢, in the rare event your shipment is lost or delayed we will cover your freight charges and offer immediate assistance to help you find substitute exhibit materials.

    If you have an upcoming tradeshow shipment, click here to receive a free, no-obligation rate quote today. For more information on our exhibit transportation services, check out the short presentation below.  



    Tradeshow Shipping Services from PartnerShip LLC

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  • A 3PL Marketer's Take on Shipping Your Pants

    04/26/2013 — Matt Nagel

    Ship Your PantsIn case you've been living under a rock for the past couple weeks; K-Mart launched an incredibly popular campaign-gone-viral advertisement encouraging customers to —Ship their Pants.' While I don't feel the commercial is especially creative in terms of content, the low-brow humor is undeniable. Additionally, this commercial immediately caught my attention being a marketing professional in the shipping industry and still harboring a part of my 13-year-old self's sense of humor. Not to mention that using the word —ship' interchangeably for a certain 4-letter word has long been a promotional pipe dream of mine. Maybe this is my chance!

    • Let us take care of the Ship
    • We're the Ship
    • Shipping for you since 1989
    • We Ship Year Round (OK, OK the last 2 are a stretch)

    On second thought, maybe the folks at K-Mart aren't the barrier busters I may have thought they were. Not only was that not as satisfying as I thought it would be, it makes me reevaluate the brand repercussions. Regardless of how many people see your ad, is it really a great idea to associate your brand with certain 4-letter words?

    So is this ad marketing genius or brand suicide? I'm going to perch squarely on the fence with this one and say it's a little of both. On the one hand, as mentioned before, it's probably not the best idea to conjure less-than-savory images whenever someone thinks of your brand. On the other hand, people are talking about it, and that should count for alot. At some point (and that point may very well be 15 million YouTube views), exposure is exposure. In a world where consumers live in a constant barrage of billboards, emails, ads, pop-ups, and commercials, isn't it better to be talked about rather than talk about yourself?

    With the majority of PartnerShip customers being small businesses that have marketing initiatives of your own, I pose these questions to you:

    1. What do you think about the Ship Your Pants' campaign?
    2. Would you, as an owner or employee of a small business use similar tactics?
    3. Can you think of any example advertisements comparable to the K-Mart ad?

    Please respond with your comments by clicking the "Click here to read/write comments" section below. Oh, and in case you haven't seen it, or if you just want to watch it for the 100th time, you can check out the K-mart YouTube spot below.

    Happy Shipping!

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  • A Super Hero's Approach to Inbound Shipping

    04/24/2013 — Scott Frederick

    PartnerShip Shipping HeroLast week PartnerShip kicked off a fun new advertising and promotional campaign for one of our important industry segments. The campaign is about helping regular folks become "Shipping Heroes" for their small business (with an emphasis on inbound shipping opportunities). It got me thinking about the most famous super hero of all - Superman - and how he might tackle the heroic challenge of saving money on inbound shipping. Obviously, he'd use his natural super powers and keen intellect!

    1. As fast as a speeding bullet, he'd gather up recent purchase orders from his primary vendors and, using his x-ray vision, he'd see that vendors often charge as much as 2-10 percent of the merchandise value in "shipping and handling" costs. He'd probably also find that many vendors often use shipping modes or services that are convenient to them, but not necessarily the most cost-efficient for HIS business.
    2. Next, understanding that inbound shipping could be a form of kryptonite to his business, he'd seek help to defeat inbound shipping costs: He'd join a super hero team, like the one provided by PartnerShip, to do battle with his costs. Superman would know that there is strength in numbers, and a dedicated PartnerShip team would help him by using their expertise and buying clout to negotiate the best possible inbound shipping rates with only the most reputable small package and LTL freight carriers in the industry.
    3. Then, he'd use the power of flight to land on PartnerShip.com so that he could create an updated vendor list using the powerful, yet easy-to-use PartnerShip inbound management tools. Superman knows that once his vendor list has been built, he'll be able to work with PartnerShip to put into action a cost-saving inbound shipping program.
    4. Lastly, using the power of his voice, Superman would grant PartnerShip the authority to send updated routing instructions to all of his vendors. Superman would then rest easy knowing that PartnerShip will help monitor compliance and support him throughout the entire process to ensure his shipments are routed in a way that will punch his costs squarely in the gut!

    Yes, Superman is a wise and powerful super hero. How about you? Are you ready to be a Shipping Hero? Up, up and away then!

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  • Improved Inbound Management Tools on PartnerShip.com

    04/17/2013 — Scott Frederick

    Today PartnerShip released new and improved inbound management tools on PartnerShip.com. Customers can use the improved tools to add, edit, select and delete their key vendors while logged into PartnerShip.com. Any time a new vendor is added, or selected from a commonly used vendors list for their association or industry, PartnerShip will ensure updated inbound routing instructions are sent directly to the vendors. Additional enhancements include the ability to upload lists of vendors and to print vendor-specific routing letters that customers can send on their own.

    The main information and tools are all located under "Before Shipping" in the TOOLS menu.

    PartnerShip Inbound Tools Menu

    Inbound ManagementThe Inbound Management menu option provides a general overview of how PartnerShip helps businesses get control of their inbound shipping. This page is accessible whether you are logged in or not.

    If you're ready to add vendors, you'll want to log in to PartnerShip.com and then click the Add New Vendors link in the TOOLS menue. To add the vendors who ship product inbound to you, simply click the plus (+) sign next to the "Add New Vendor" text. A form will appear that you can use to enter your vendor(s). If you'd prefer, at the bottom of this form is a place where you can upload a list of vendors (please format your Excel or CSV file as illustrated in the example layout file).

    Add New Vendor

    For certain association groups, we often compile a list of commonly used vendors in your industry. You will see those vendors listed below the Add New Vendors form if they are available to you. If they are, simply check the box next to any industry vendor and then click the —Add Selected' button at the bottom of the page and your selection(s) will be added to your My Vendors list. Any time you add or select a new vendor, PartnerShip will verify the information, create an updated routing instructions letter, and then mail it to your vendor on your behalf.

    You can access your My Vendors list by clicking the link in the TOOLS menu. On this page you will see is a list of your added or selected vendors for inbound shipping (or the page will be blank if you have not yet added any vendors). Next to each vendor you will see a date noting the last time that PartnerShip sent routing instructions to that vendor. To view or print a PDF routing instructions letter, click the PRINT ROUTINGS button next to each vendor. You can email or send these instructions to your vendor if needed as a reinforcement or verification to the instructions that were, or will be, sent by PartnerShip. To remove a vendor, click the DELETE VENDOR button next to any vendor in the list.

    My VendorsVendor Routing LetterWe have also provided customers with the ability to add their own unique Vendor Account Numbers to each vendor on the My Vendors list. Including Vendor Account Numbers improves, in many cases, the effectiveness of the routing instructions being sent to them. It also helps PartnerShip work with you to ensure your vendor lists are always up-to-date and accurate.

    If you are interested in the PartnerShip inbound/vendor management tools and have additional questions, I encourage you to call us at 800-599-2902, or Live Chat us on our website, or send an email to routing@PartnerShip.com

    Scott G Frederick

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  • Happy 3-Year Anniversary to the PartnerShip Irvine, CA Office!

    04/16/2013 — Scott Frederick

    This past week, the PartnerShip Irvine, California office celebrated its 3rd anniversary! The office was opened in April 2010 as a way for PartnerShip to stay in close contact with its customers located in the West. The office also allows us to provide both live and live chat sales and customer support from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM ET (or 5:00 AM to 5:00 PM PT).

    Today, the office is supported by senior account representatives, Dave Rehker and Sarah Conklin-Boone; account representative Anthony Abad-Santos; and customer service representative Brittnie Pham. Together this team provides personalized service to our customers located in the Southwest and Northwest.

    Congratulations to our West Coast Team, here's to many more anniversaries in the future!

    PartnerShip Irvine CA Office

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  • Your PartnerShip Starting Lineup

    04/10/2013 — Scott Frederick

    PartnerShip Starting Lineup CardI came across an interesting blog post written by a friend the other day titled the "Starting Lineup for a Winning Creative Team"; and it got me thinking about how PartnerShip fields it's own version of a winning team each and every day. One of the true benefits of working with PartnerShip is that all of our customers are supported by a dedicated regional team. So, with the spirit of the new baseball season in mind, here is your PartnerShip starting lineup:

    1. Account Representative (AR) ... this is your leadoff hitter and your single point of contact for any need you may have. Your AR can help you with things like getting an LTL freight quote, tracking a shipment, or getting you setup with a PartnerShip.com username and password.
    2. Senior Account Representative (SAR) ... following your leadoff hitter is an experienced, transportation professional who will serve as backup to your AR. Your SAR can help you with more in-depth needs, like performing a free shipping analysis to determine if you are optimizing your savings. 
    3. Customer Service Representative (CSR) ... your dedicated CSR is available for your day-to-day customer service needs. Whether through Live Chat or over the phone, your CSR can help you track shipments or address your general questions. If you are a part of our small package shipping program, your CSR can also help you with express and ground shipping services. 
    4. Senior Tradeshow Account Representative (STAR) ... batting cleanup when you need it is your STAR. Your STAR can help you get a quote on any exhibit or tradeshow shipments you might have. If you're new to exhibiting, they will have the expertise to help you through the entire process, ensuring you the peace-of-mind that you will enjoy a successful show.
    5. Tradeshow Account Representative (TAR) ... your TAR works hand-in-hand with your STAR to ensure your tradeshow shipment is tracked from origin to the show; and then tracked back again after the show. They will also assist with you with no-obligation free quotes when you need them, as well as the shipping paperwork needed for your carrier. For many shows, the TAR (or STAR) will be on-site to provide an extra level of coordination and support.
    6. Customer Service Manager (CSM) ... the CSM is here to provide back-up to your CSR for any customer service need you have. If your CSR cannot help you, or if they are unavailable, chances are that our CSM will jump in to ensure you have a great customer experience with PartnerShip.
    7. Area Sales Manager (ASM) ... similar to the CSM, your ASM is here to support your AR and SAR, and to provide you with yet another option for service resolution if you need it. The ASM may also participate in meetings you have with your AR or SAR to help build our  relationship with you, and make sure we are looking out for your best interests.
    8. Director, Sales & Customer Services (DSCS) ... the DSCS is the head coach for your dedicated regional team. He'll often be in the dugout working on strategy and game plans, but he's still there if you need him. After all, we're a lean and nimble team - and even our managers can be position players when needed.
    9. Bench Players ... the final spot on your starting roster can be filled from any or all of our remaining bench staff. From our general manager (the president and COO), to our specialty utility players (like our marketing, operations, or quality assurance personnel) - you can rest assured that you will get personalized service from passionate, friendly people dedicated to your success!

    Not sure who's part of your core, dedicated regional team? Visit our online regional map. Find your location and click the region for a PDF document with pictures and contact information for your dedicated starting lineup. Now play ball!


    Scott G Frederick

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  • PartnerShip is Your Freight Headquarters

    04/08/2013 — Matt Nagel

    Freight WarehousePartnerShip has long promoted the fact that we are a "freight headquarters" for our customers - most of whom are small- or medium-sized businesses. Based on past performance, and some cool new tools, I think we do a good job of backing up that statement. Here are a few reasons why we feel like this is an accurate statement, and why we are a good choice for small businesses looking for a freight partner:

    • To begin with, if you are asking yourself "what is LTL shipping" or if you are new to freight shipping in general, we provide some basic "New to LTL Freight Shipping" and "New to Exhibiting" tips for neophyte shippers and exhibitors.
    • We provide our customers with a reasonable variety of reputable freight carrier and tradeshow carrier options. Because we have such strong alliances with fewer carriers, we're able to leverage those relationships for the best possible pricing and experience for our customers.
    • New customers can easily get a free LTL freight quote or tradeshow quote on our website (we respond quickly with our best price, and full support); and our existing customers can quickly rate shop across our variety of carriers using our customized online rate quote tool.
    • We also help businesses find their freight class - just submit a simple form and a PartnerShip representative will quickly consult a freight class chart to determine the correct classification for your freight.
    • Whether you create the bill of lading and call the carrier yourself, or if you have one of our representatives do that for you, all of your shipments can then be tracked online or viewed in aggregate using our Shipment History reporting tool.
    • In the rare event you run into an issue with a shipment, you can rest easy knowing that PartnerShip has industry-leading liability coverage, and that we will help you with any claims paperwork that may be necessary.
    • Do any inbound shipping? We have that covered as well, with complete vendor list and routing management tools and services.
    • Once all of your shipments have been created, we help streamline the administrative process by providing audited and consolidated invoicing with flexible payment terms and methods.

    If you'd like a more visual-tour of our LTL freight services, feel free to page through the short presentation below. If you ship LTL freight and you're still not convinced, I encourage you to take advantage of our Free Shipping Analysis service. We'll review some of your past shipments or invoices and tell you straight-up whether we can help you save money on your shipping. But that's what you should expect from your freight headquarters!
















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  • PartnerShip Shipping Supplies Offer Small Business Savings

    04/01/2013 — Matt Nagel

    Like most small businesses, your company has expenses in every direction - including packaging and shipping supplies costs. So what if PartnerShip, your shipping connection, could help you reduce your packaging and shipping costs? With our recently launched shipping supplies service, your problem has been solved - low volume shipping supplies at prices normally reserved for high volume shippers!

    With small businesses in mind, PartnerShip has put together a catalog of frequently used shipping supplies, and leveraged our organizational buying-power, to deliver them to our customers at sensible prices AND quantities.

    Shipping Supplies

    While other shipping supplies companies offer lower quantities, they often do not meet the attractive price breaks that come from large quantity orders. PartnerShip offers the flexibility to order small or large quantities with consistently low prices across the board. 

    To demonstrate the value of our new product offering, we did our homework by scanning the marketplace to ensure our customers are getting the best deal possible. The table below shows PartnerShip prices beat even one of the top shipping supplies companies in the nation in a head-to-head, quantity for price basis*:

    Shipping Supplies

    Additionally, we won't gouge you with exorbitant shipping fees. You have our commitment that the only shipping fees you'll pay with any order placed through PartnerShip are the same shipping fees we would pay ourselves - our shipping costs contain no mark ups and no "handling fees" (oh, and if your order is being shipped outside of Ohio, you won't have to pay sales taxes either).

    If you're ready to order shipping supplies today, visit PartnerShip.com/Supplies to get started!

    * Comparison based on comparison of same or comparable products and quantities on PartnerShip.com versus uline.com

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