Category: Shipping

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Calculating shipping cost It is important for e-Commerce companies to understand dimensional weight (DIM) otherwise their order fulfillment costs can skyrocket and eat into profits. In 2015, due to the diversity of package sizes – in particular ‘lightweight, bulky packages’, fulfillment company Amazon and carriers like UPS, Fed Ex, Purolator and USPS, aimed to control […]
More competition in the U.S. parcel shipping marketplace? By Jim Pettinger Currently, UPS, FedEx and the USPS are the major players in the U.S. parcel shipping marketplace. However, continuing strong growth in e-commerce has encouraged at least two other “majors” to join the fray. Amazon, of course, is exploring all forms of delivery options, and […]
Who Are Specialized 3PL (Third Party Logistics) Partners? First, what does 3PL mean? 3PL stands for third party logistics and is a company that provides B2C (business to consumer) and/or B2B (business to business) inbound/outbound product handling, storage and freight forwarding services. For example a 3PL partner can receive overseas bulk orders, empty the shipping […]
So much more than business analysis or software upgrades, optimizing your business means taking a global approach to reviewing the processes required to satisfy your customers’ needs. By definition, to optimize, is to make the best or most effective use of (a situation, opportunity, or resource).  “It is not something only for the big companies,” […]
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 […]
By: Jim Pettinger, President and CEO at UCanTrade, Inc. Along with Amazon, Google and others, Uber has entered the market to provide low-cost local delivery service.  According to its website, “When you tap into the UberRUSH network, you pay only for the deliveries you make.  Nothing more.  And because couriers don’t need to make round […]
“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.” […]
By: Jim Pettinger, President & CEO of UCanTrade, Inc. Spend a little time on Google and you will soon discover that Amazon is slowly but surely expanding its logistics reach both vertically and horizontally. Vertically, by investing in ships, planes, trucks, drones and warehouses, and horizontally by establishing operations around the globe from Europe to […]