2021 Year-End Planning for Your FedEx and UPS Shipments
11/15/2021 — Leah Palnik
The end of the year is usually pretty hectic for a lot of businesses, but 2021 is proving to be one for the books. As you navigate the holiday season and prepare for the year ahead, you’ll want to heed our warnings for your FedEx and UPS parcel shipments.
We can’t stress this enough. Delays are becoming more common and will likely get worse the closer we get to Christmas. The FedEx and UPS networks are very strained right now. Fueled by the pandemic and all of its ripple effects, demand for parcel services is at an all-time high. Both FedEx and UPS have suspended service guarantees for their ground services and some of their air/express services, which means you can’t leave things up to chance. Ship early and build in plenty of extra time where you can so you don’t run into major disruptions.
Review holiday shipping deadlines
For retailers, this is especially important. As customers place their orders for holiday gifts, they’ll want to know that they’ll receive them before the big day. FedEx and UPS have released their shipping deadlines, so make sure to review them and plan accordingly. That way you’ll be able to manage expectations appropriately and keep your customers happy.
Prepare for the 2022 rate increases
Don’t sleep on the fact that after you make it through the holiday season, your FedEx and UPS rates will be going up. Both carriers announced that they will be increasing their rates by an average of 5.9%. It’s tempting to take that announced average and budget for your costs to go up by that much, but unfortunately it’s not that simple.
How much your rates will go up in the new year will largely depend on which services you use, your package characteristics, and where you’re shipping to/from. That 5.9% average also doesn’t account for surcharges which can drive up your costs even more. If this all sounds like a major analysis that you don’t have the time to conduct, you’re not alone. That’s why we’ve reviewed the updated rate charts for you. Download our free guide to see a full analysis of what you can expect.
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Freight Carrier Closures for the 2021 Holiday Season
11/03/2021 — Jen Deming
2021 has been another challenging year. The freight market continues to be oversaturated with available loads while simultaneously suffering from a capacity crisis. Transit times are delayed, so to ensure timely delivery (you can't count on eight tiny reindeer), you must plan ahead and create a flexible shipping schedule. You'll also need to be mindful of carrier closure dates. We've compiled a list to keep on hand when you're executing your holiday shipping strategy.
Freight carrier closures
Saia LTL Freight - will be closed November 25-26, December 23-24, and December 31.
YRC Freight – will be closed November 25-26, December 24, and December 31.
XPO Logistics – will be closed November 25-26, December 23-24, and December 31.
ArcBest – will be closed November 25-26, and December 24.
R+L Carriers – will be closed November 25-26, December 24, and December 31.
Estes – will be closed November 25-26, and December 24.
Dayton Freight – will be closed November 25-26, December 23-24, and December 31.
PittOhio – will be closed November 25-26, December 23-24, and December 31.
AAA Cooper – will be closed November 25-26, December 23-24, and December 31.
TForce Freight - will be closed November 25-26, December 23-24, and December 31.
Santa has his elves, you have a team at PartnerShip
With extra challenges facing your business this year, keep in mind that the freight experts at PartnerShip can help you successfully manage your holiday shipping. Our office will be closed November 25-26, December 24, and December 31 so that we can spend time with our families. Happy Holidays!