Managing the Impact of 2014 Small Package Rate Increases

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PartnerShip®, the American Booksellers Association’s shipping program provider, is offering members a detailed paper analyzing the recently instituted small package rate increases from UPS and FedEx®. Founded by the National Association of College Stores 25 years ago, PartnerShip is now a leading shipping solutions provider to more than 17,000 small and medium businesses across North America. The following article was provided by the folks at Partnership.

FedEx 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 took 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 percent 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 percent.
  • UPS Ground, Air, and International rates will increase an average of 4.9 percent.

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 to help you make sense of these increases. To learn more, click here to download PartnerShip’s Small Package Rate Increases ePaper.

Now is the time to take full advantage of the benefits available to you through the ABA Shipping Program. When you visit and enroll in this free program, you receive significant discounts on select FedEx services, which can help offset these new rate increases. 

This tip is brought to you by PartnerShip. For more information or to enroll, email or call (800) 599-2902.