• PartnerShip is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year!

    01/31/2014 — Scott Frederick

    PartnerShip 25th AnniversaryPartnerShip LLC is a leading shipping solutions provider to small- and medium-size businesses across North America, and we're celebrating our 25th anniversary this year! Founded in 1989, today PartnerShip develops and manages full-service shipping programs for over a hundred industry groups, representing thousands of customers across the U.S. and Canada.

    PartnerShip was originally founded by the non-profit National Association of College Stores to help college retailers across the country save on their textbook shipping. The program expanded to include additional shipping services, such as general merchandise shipping, inbound shipping management, routing coordination, and consolidated invoicing. Due to the success of the program within the college industry, the concept was eventually expanded to other associations groups, the first of which included the American Booksellers Association and the National Association of Sporting Goods, but then followed by numerous others.

    Building on the hallmarks of simple, worry-free shipping, outstanding savings, and exemplary customer service, the company enjoyed rapid growth from 2007 to 2012 in which it tripled in size and expanded operations to two new locations: One in northeast Ohio and the other in southern California. Leveraging its trade association expertise, and forging alliances with national, reputable carriers, such as FedEx, UPS Freight, YRC Freight, and Con-way Freight, the company was able to expand into dozens of new industries to help thousands of more businesses with their shipping.

    Today, PartnerShip offers a wide range of shipping services including:

    • Less-than-truckload (LTL) freight shipping
    • Truckload, expedited and international freight shipping
    • Small package (express and ground) shipping
    • Exhibit shipping for trade shows and events
    • Inbound/vendor shipping management
    • Easy-to-use online freight management tools
    • Storage, moving, packing, and crating services
    • Discounted shipping supplies, and more

    John Finucane, president and chief operating officer for PartnerShip, has been with the company for virtually its entire existence. John says the company has been fortunate to attract and retain high-caliber, dedicated people over the years. —Today, we have a staff of nearly 50 professionals that work hard to help our customers with all facets of shipping and logistics, each and every day,' said John. —Although we cater to small businesses, in our minds, there is no such thing as a small customer." John went on to add, —We're very proud of reaching this quarter-century milestone ... and in a very competitive and rapidly changing industry, we're looking forward to what the next 25 years will bring.'

    The company officially kicks off its 25th anniversary celebration with a special, grass-roots exhibition and customer-appreciation event at CAMEX 2014, the college industry's largest trade show and educational event.  If you're a PartnerShip customer, carrier, or employee - or simply a fan - be on the lookout for additional news, promotions, videos, and other fun stuff throughout 2014 as we celebrate this milestone event in our company's history. But most importantly, thank you for your support of our great company!

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  • Congratulations to our FedEx Sweepstakes Winners!

    01/27/2014 — Leah Hyland

    moneyAt the end of 2013, PartnerShip customers were encouraged to participate in the $25,000 FedEx Advantage Sweepstakes, sponsored by FedEx. By enrolling and shipping through a PartnerShip-managed shipping program, association members were eligible to receive over 100 prizes totaling more than $25,000. PartnerShip would like to thank the customers that participated in this promotion and congratulate our winners.

    Congratulations to the $2,500 first prize winner - NTEA member, Judy from Meridian SV!

    Congratulations to the following PartnerShip customers who each won a $100 American Express® gift card:

    • ABA member, Clive from Changing Hands
    • NSRA member, Lou from New Balance Charlotte
    • NACS member, Coral from Randolph College
    • NSRA member, Mark from Shoe Stop
    • NSGA member, Rick from Sports World
    • NACS member, Kathy from Zane State College
    • ABA member, Rebecca from Greenlight Bookstore
    • NSRA member, David from Stans Footwear
    • ACS member, Chris from Bardwell Farm
    • NACS member, Amanda from Arm Pocket
    • NAEDA member, Judy from Riceland Intl
    • NACS member, Michael from Grandview Ed
    • NACS member, Jennifer from Iowa State University
    • NSRA member, Loria from Chiapetta Shoes
    • ANLA member, Kelly from Garden Genetics
    • NACS member, Norm from Umpqua Oats
    • MIA member, Lucille 
    Throughout the Sweepstakes, PartnerShip customers who participated also received significant discounts on select FedEx® services. Even though the sweepstakes is over, our customers are still saving money, and association members who qualify for a PartnerShip-managed shipping program can also take advantage of these savings. 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, or click the button below for a free shipping analysis.


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  • PartnerShip Employee Goes to Olympics

    01/24/2014 — Scott Frederick

    Mike McLaughlin - PartnerShip SalesPartnerShip LLC senior account representative Mike McLaughlin is looking forward to watching ice hockey games at the Olympics in Russia. But he won't be watching from his office in Westlake, OH; he will be in Sochi in person. Watch the FOX 8 Cleveland news segment for more details - or click here to read the article online.

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  • Common Accessorial Fees Explained

    01/21/2014 — Matt Nagel

    iStock 000000631939MediumAdditional services required outside of the standard shipping and receiving procedures require additional fees called "accessorial fees" to cover the additional costs incurred by the LTL carrier. Below is a list of common accessorial charges and a brief description of each:

    • Lift gate service — When the shipping or receiving address does not have a loading dock, manual loading or unloading is necessary. A lift gate is a platform at the back of certain trucks that can raise and lower a shipment from the ground to the truck. Having this feature on trucks requires additional investment by an LTL carrier, hence the additional fee.
    • Inside Pick Up/Inside Delivery — If the driver is required to go inside (beyond the front door or loading dock) to pick up or deliver your shipment, instead of remaining at the dock or truck, additional fees will be charged because of the additional driver time needed for this service.
    • Residential Service — Carriers define a business zone as a location that opens and closes to the public at set times every day. If you are a business located in a residential zone, (among personal homes or dwellings) or are shipping to or from a residence, the carrier may charge an additional residential fee due to complexity in navigating these non-business areas.
    • Collect On Delivery (COD)A shipment for which the transportation provider is responsible for collecting the sale price of the goods shipped before delivery. The additional administration required for this type of shipment necessitates an additional fee to cover the carrier's cost.
    • Oversized Freight — Shipments containing articles greater than or equal to twelve feet in length. Since these shipments take up more floor space on the trailer, additional fees often apply.
    • Fuel Surcharge — An extra charge imposed by the carriers due to the excessive costs for diesel gas. The charge is a percentage that is normally based upon the U.S. Department of Energy National Average Diesel Fuel Index.
    • Advance Notification — This accessorial is meant to cover the cost in time needed by the carrier to notify the consignee before making a delivery.
    • Limited Access Pickup or Delivery — This fee covers the additional costs required to make pickups or deliveries at locations with limited access such as schools, military bases, prisons, or government buildings.

    Your PartnerShip dedicated team of shipping experts is here to help you navigate the many nuances of LTL freight accessorials fees to determine which services you do or do not need and ensure the most cost effective price. Carriers generally publish a document called the "Rules Tariff 100" which provides a list of current accessorial services and fees. PartnerShip representatives are well versed in these documents and are happy to help with any questions you may have.

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  • Your Shipping Connection for Truckloads and International

    01/14/2014 — Scott Frederick

    Truckload and InternationalAlthough PartnerShip continues to specialize in LTL freight, small package, and tradeshow shipping, more and more, we are helping small and medium-size businesses with their full truckload and international shipping needs. That's because even when a shipment is a full or partial truckload, requires specialized equipment, or is being exported or imported — PartnerShip has the connections to help you with a solution.

    As outlined on our website, our additional freight solutions include:

    Truckload Freight Services

    • Special rates for partial/volume loads

    • Competitive rates for full truckloads

    • Solo or team truckload services

    • Dedicated, expedited or intermodal

    • Dry van, flat bed or refrigerated

    International Freight Services

    • Import/Export

    • Customs brokerage and documentation

    • Air and ocean

    • Value-added services

    If you're interested in learning more, submit a Learn More interest form, call us at 800-599-2902 option 4, or send an email to select@PartnerShip.com. If you're ready to ship, let us provide you with a free, no-obligation rate quote.

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  • 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™

    Getting Started

    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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  • 5 Shipping Tips for Independent Retailers

    01/08/2014 — Scott Frederick

    Independent RetailersFor the typical independent retailer that's selling physical products and has an e-commerce presence, shipping is often an afterthought. While shipping is not as flashy or as sexy as creating marketing promotions and campaigns, it does directly affect your bottom line. Retailers that don't adhere to best practices run the risk of lost sales due to higher prices, or lost profits due to higher shipping costs. To ensure you're not leaving money on the table, here are five tips to consider:

    1. Manage your shipping supplies expense. Most of the small package carriers provide free, basic shipping supplies to encourage usage of their services. For example, FedEx provides free shipping materials and labels that can be ordered online. For specialized boxes and mailers, shop around a little to make sure you are getting the right quantities at the best prices. PartnerShip is another good source for low-volume, discounted shipping supplies.

    2. Consolidate orders to reduce shipping expenses. As a general rule of thumb, one big order ships for less than three smaller orders. That means retailers should consider consolidating multiple orders into a single shipment whenever possible, and always striving to minimize the number of packages it sends. All too often, shipments are arranged as they come in from sales or order processing. However, a little planning and visibility goes along ways towards shipping savings.

    3. Look at for multiple carrier options. Different transportation carriers specialize in different types of services, package sizes, and geographies. Selling mainly low-value, smaller products? A service like FedEx Ground or FedEx Express Saver might be the way to go. Selling larger or heavier products? Your best bet is probably to use a reputable freight carrier. Working with a third-party freight management company often allows you to look at multiple carrier and service options through one website. For example, PartnerShip.com allows retailers to compare rates and services across multiple freight carriers and options.

    4. Effectively handle customs documentation. International shipments require customs forms that can seem daunting to complete for retailers that only occassionally ship out of the country. Third-party logistics companies, like PartnerShip, can work with retailers that ship international shipments infrequently to ensure all of the needed paperwork is completed so that their cross-border shipments move efficiently and cost-effectively.

    5. Use technology to be more efficient. To remain competitive with large retail chains and other e-commerce retailers, online tools and services are available to help independent retailers manage their inventories, consolidate orders, track shipments, and even complete in new marketplaces.  Make sure you are talking to your peers or suppliers through an industry association or local business chamber to find tools and services others are using to gain efficiencies in their business. By leveraging technology, retailers can meet the fulfillment and shipping requirements of every market in which they compete.

    Shipping will never be as exciting as product launches, cool promotions, or a new website, but it is a part of the core foundation of a successful independent retail business. Retailers that proactively take advantage of services, tools and technology can significantly lower their shipping costs, become more competitive, and enjoy higher margins.

    To take advantage of industry-leading shipping services and discounts, take a look at The Independent Retailers Shipping Program managed by PartnerShip. With 25 years of experience helping retailers with shipping, we are confident we can help you too.

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  • Managing the Impact of the 2014 Small Package Rate Increases

    01/03/2014 — Leah Hyland

    iStock 000020866585LargeFedEx and UPS recently announced their annual small package rate increases. The UPS rate increases took effect on December 30, 2013, while the FedEx rate increases will take effect on January 6, 2014. As always, how much more expensive your particular small package shipments will be in the New Year largely depends on many factors, including shipment volumes, sizes, weights, and modes.

    Here are some quick facts:

    • FedEx Express package and freight rates will increase an average of 3.9% for U.S., U.S export and U.S. import services.
    • FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery rates will increase an average of 4.9%.
    • Unlike last year, FedEx will not be offsetting any of its rate increases with decreases in its fuel surcharges.
    • UPS Ground, Air and International rates will increase an average of 4.9%.

    The important takeaway when thinking about your shipping expenses in 2014 is that the announced average increases paint an inaccurate picture of the true impact these new rate increases could have on your business. If you find yourself confused by rate bases, average increases, and surcharges — rest assured that you are not alone. The small package shipping experts at PartnerShip have dug into the details and analyzed the new rate tables to assess the true impact to shippers and help you make sense of these increases. Click the button below to download the ePaper.


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