Drop-ship from suppliers.

A major trend in controlling transportation cost and saving time is shipping direct from your manufacturer or supplier to the customer, using third-party billing. “When a supplier ships direct using your UPS account number, you get the benefit of managing your transportation decisions of carrier selection, leveraging your transportation spend, while reducing your inbound and…

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Consider on-demand packaging.

Rightsizing packaging is more critical than ever now that dimensional weight is an industry standard. “With on-demand packaging, a machine die cuts the right size box for each order from rolls of corrugated board,” Collins says. The payoffs: Reduced packaging and transportation costs, as well as enhanced sustainability, an increasingly important consideration for customers.

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