Category: Freight

In 2018, the Pacific Northwest cargo volume increased by 4.5%. Over congestion at California’s Ports combined with cost/capacity advantages found in Washington State and B.C., the Pacific Northwest ports are gaining market share, in particular the Canadian Ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert. In the Ports of Seattle/Tacoma, they’re improving their peel-off procedures to not […]
With online holiday shopping in full swing the issue of ‘package optimization’ becomes a hot topic. It’s of particular concern for those companies who are unfortunately facing order returns, damaged goods and worse, dissatisfied customers. “Packaging strategies”, according to UPS vice president of Customer Solutions, Scott Mc Carley, “can have a pretty dramatic impact on […]
UPS reports high volumes of ‘holiday returns’ following 2016’s ‘unprecedented volume of online sales’.  E-Commerce returns present new challenges for sellers but in particular for Canadian e-commerce companies selling to U.S. consumers. Even for U.S. e-commerce retailers it’s a struggle to find balance between often unanticipated reverse logistics costs and satisfying their customers’ high expectations […]
By: Jim Pettinger, President of UCanTrade, Inc. According to a recent article in Inbound Logistics magazine, “Some 80 percent of all U.S. commerce is carried on pallets, making them an indispensable part of nearly every supply chain.” They estimate there are over 2 billion pallets circulating around the United States of all sizes and makeup. […]
By: Jim Pettinger, President of UCanTrade, Inc. In recent years, most “big box” retailers have followed Walmart’s lead by introducing “Vendor Compliance” programs. While understandable due to the huge volume of goods being received, the practice has also come under criticism for becoming a “revenue stream” rather than a reasonable business practice. Typical reasons for […]
“Canadian companies want to consolidate several small shipments into a larger one to minimize customs clearance costs,” says Jim Pettinger, UCanTrade, Inc.’s president and CEO. “This is where UCanTrade can step in and provide cross docking services and work in conjunction with our client’s U.S. Customs Broker to expedite this process at a low cost.” […]
Part 2: Choosing the Right Logistics Partners By: Elliott Smith This is part two in a multi part series on Keeping USA Order Fulfillment Costs Predictable. Click here to read Part 1: Dimensional Shipping, Residential Charges and Zones.  In Part Two, Trade Tips Blog continues the conversation with UCanTrade’s Operations Manager Terry Dickey on controlling […]