• PartnerShip Recommendations And Referrals

    06/27/2013 — Scott Frederick

    Thank you for the referralCustomer recommendations (i.e., testimonials) and business referrals are important to PartnerShip as we look to grow and expand both our brand reputation and our business relationships. Our vision is to be the leading shipping solutions provider to small businesses nationwide. Being that we are somewhat of a smaller business ourselves -- to realize our vision it is extremely important that we provide great customer service so that our existing customers will help us promote our services to other prospective customers.

    If you visit our PartnerShip.com website, we've been fortunate to have numerous association clients, small business customers, and tradeshow exhibitors provide us with many great testimonials over the past couple years. If you're an existing PartnerShip customer and you've had a good experience working with us, we humbly invite you to provide us with a short online recommendation that we can add to our list. You can even upload a photograph or image if you have a specific story or experience to share with us. Happy customers are vital to our business, and our dedicated employee team works hard to make that happen each and every day.

    PartnerShip Rewards CardPartnerShip also makes available to its customers a formal shipper referral program. If you enjoy working with PartnerShip, please use this online form to refer us to another business that could also benefit from our LTL freight or tradeshow shipping services. If your referral becomes a customer, we'll send you a $25 Visa reward card as a small way of saying thank you!

    We're fortunate to have such wonderful customers that have already gone out of their way to say good things about us, or to refer us to other businesses. We invite more of our other customers to do the same - and we want all of you to know that your support is greatly appreciated by our entire team!

      

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  • LTL Freight Carriers Announce 2013 General Rate Increases

    06/25/2013 — Matt Nagel

    Freight TrucksIf you pay close attention to the shipping industry and its trends, you may have noticed that LTL (less-than-truckload) freight carriers have been announcing their general rate increases (GRIs) over the last month - one month earlier than last year. As your shipping connection, we've compiled summary information on the rate increases for your reference below. In sharing this information we hope to help shippers make informed decisions about how (and at what cost) your freight gets to where it needs to go.

    Which carriers are instituting this increase?

    See the chart below for the PartnerShip core carriers that have announced the increases, the percentage at which rates will be increasing, and the dates these increases will go into effect.

    General Rate Increase

    Please keep in mind that these percentages are only averages across all origin and destination ZIP code combinations served by each individual LTL carrier. The effect of the rate increase will vary for individual customers and shipments based on geography, product classification, lane, weight, and dimensions. With these rate increases, carriers will often post the new base rates, rules tariff and accessorial charges on their individual websites for customer reference.

    Why are these increases necessary?

    If you follow the transportation industry closely, there's no question that all LTL carriers are facing sharply higher costs. This includes rising fuel, maintenance, insurance, and labor costs. Wages and salaries are, reportedly, the biggest component. The cost of equipment has also skyrocketed with many carriers paying almost twice as much versus historic prices.

    What does this mean for me?

    Quite simply (and obliviously), these GRIs mean that you will be seeing a bump in freight charges. As stated above, these GRIs are averages and impact regions differently, so it's important to be aware of how your specific region is affected. If there's a GRI of 6%; some areas may see a 3% increase and some may see a 9% increase in freight charges. The customer in the area with a 9% increase will obviously see a larger bump in cost, especially if distribution is regional.

    What can I do to minimize the impact?

    Working with an experienced freight partner like PartnerShip helps you soften the blow of annual rate increases. We continue to negotiate the best rates with multiple carriers to keep our rates cost-effective for our small business customers. Additionally, our team of shipping experts provides value-added services to ensure your business is running smoothly. Online freight tools, consolidated invoicing, and inbound management are great perks to working with PartnerShip that save you time.

    PartnerShip also provides free services such as invoice auditing for common invoicing mistakes, including missing discounts and carrier errors (approximately 5% to 10% of carrier invoices we review have mistakes in favor of the carrier - which we fix before consolidating and presenting to our customers); and we can often negotiate lower (or no) accessorial charges that add up quickly when sending and receiving freight.

    If you have questions about these general rate increases and how they might impact your business, click the button below for a FREE shipping analysis; or feel free to contact us directly at 800-599-2902 or select@PartnerShip.com. Or if you have a shipment, feel free to create an account and start quoting today.


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  • Happy National Small Business Week!

    06/20/2013 — Scott Frederick

    National Small Business WeekSince many PartnerShip customers are small businesses, we'd like to take a moment to join the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in recognizing and honoring small businesses across America. More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year. Small businesses are clearly the backbone of the U.S. economy and this week they will be celebrated through this great U.S. SBA program.

    Every year since 1963, the U.S. SBA takes the opportunity to highlight through National Small Business Week the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories.  This year's events are being held June 16-21, in Seattle, Dallas, St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. offering tips, tools and trainings for small businesses to start, succeed and grow. 

    In addition to in-person events, small business owners can participate in online-only panel discussions on hot topics like social media and business financing starting daily at 4pm ET. All events, in-person and online, will be streamed live on www.sba.gov/smallbusinessweek. Also visit this site for a full schedule of events and additional information. The event hashtag is #SBW2013.

    Included below is a short promotional video with more details on the event (as posted to the U.S. SBA YouTube Channel in March):

    Scott G Frederick 


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  • A Look at Logistics

    06/18/2013 — Leah Palnik

    iStock 000000631939MediumBefore your favorite products end up on store shelves, they have to be transported from where they are manufactured to their final destination. Many people may not think about what goes into the transportation of goods, but logistics is a large part of the world we live in. Here are some fun facts* to put into perspective just how important logistics is:

    Logistics by the numbers

    • 3.5 Million The approximate number of truck drivers moving freight in the U.S.
    • 1.2 Million The number of trucking companies operating in the U.S.
    • 149 The number of ports located in the U.S.  
    • 1.28 Trillion The total U.S. logistics spend in 2011 
    • 71% The percentage our nation's freight movement that trucking accounts for
    • 566 The number of railroads in the U.S.

    Did you know?

    • More than $1 out of every $10 produced in the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) is related to transportation activity.
    • 1 in every 15 people working in the U.S is employed in the trucking industry.
    • The highest-valued imported products in the U.S. include agricultural products, industrial supplies, capital goods, and consumer goods.
    • Shippers who partner with third-party logistics providers report an average cost reduction of 13%. 
    If you need a shipping expert to help you navigate the complex world of logistics, click here to contact one of our dedicated team members or click the button below for a free shipping analysis. 



    * Source: http://www.thelogisticsoflogistics.com/2012/06/fun-facts-about-logistics/

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  • TMSA Annual Conference Delivers Industry Insights

    06/13/2013 — Scott Frederick

    describe the imageA couple of us that are involved with marketing and sales at PartnerShip had the opportunity to participate in this week's Transportation Marketing & Sales Association (TMSA) Annual Conference and Expo in Ponte Verda Beach, FL. The conference, which was themed Marketing and Sales: Tools, Techniques and Tactics for Revenue Generation, delivered some great insights into trends within the shipping industry, and some of the tools that shipping companies are using to market and grow their businesses.

    The conference featured a great lineup of speakers and educational content. Here are a few quick highlights and themes from the conference:

    • The Web is a living laboratory. People don't buy from websites, they buy from people. Companies must be prepared to answer the question "If I am your ideal prospect, why should I buy from you rather than your competitor." - Dr. Flint McGlaughlin from MECLABS
    • Marketers need to focus more on buying behaviors to find the right customers and less on traditional "demographic" information. - Gary Brooks from Cortera
    • Customers buy the person first, the company second, and the product third. Five secrets to building trust with customers are: 1) Do what you say you're going to do; 2) Show up on time; 3) Listen more than you talk; 4) Focus on what they're buying versus what you're selling; 5) Provide professional and timely follow-up and follow-through. - John Boyens from Boyens Group
    • New government regulations could cumulatively affect the need to hire 1 million additional drivers into the U.S. trucking industry over the next three years. Trucking capacity will get tighter and shipping rates will increase due to moderate freight demand increases. - Larry Gross from FTR Associates
    • Personalized website experiences are driven by this formula: Data (what you know about the customer) + Content (What you have to deliver/show the customer) = Response (Connect the two and figure out quickly what resonates and what doesn't). - Matthew Williams from Adobe
    • You can't ignore the social media "revolution" (and if you're not convinced, watch the amazing video below). Make social content "snackable" - easily consumed in a short amount of time and easily shareable. - Brandon Balan from LinkedIn

    If you want to learn more about the TMSA, you can visit their overview page (which also features a short promotional video that includes this very same PartnerShip marketing director at the beginning).

    Scott G Frederick

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  • Inbound Shipping Resources

    06/04/2013 — Scott Frederick

    Take Control of Your Inbound ShippingSince PartnerShip released its improved inbound management tools on PartnerShip.com, we've have hundreds of current and new customers create new or updated vendor lists through PartnerShip. As we have committed to our customers, each of these vendors receives personalized contact and updated routing instructions from a PartnerShip representative through email, mail and/or telephone.

    If you're still "on the fence" as it relates to gaining control of your inbound shipping, you might want to check out our brand new electronic white paper (or ePaper as we call them) on 4 Steps to Gain Control of Your Inbound Shipping. You can also check out this abbreviated PowerPoint presentation that was recently posted to our SlideShare profile:

    If you need help getting started, you can always request a free, no-obligation Inbound Shipping Analysis from PartnerShip by simply clicking the button below.


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