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3 things all shipping managers should have in their back pockets


Get shipments of any size (and even ones crossing borders) to their destination cost-effectively, on time and hassle-free.

No matter what you're shipping, UPS has your back, even when your shipment weighs 600 pounds, must cross international boundaries and get there quickly – all without breaking the bank.

The key to saving your company money while successfully shipping packages or freight lies in knowing your options.

The key to saving your company money while successfully shipping packages or freight lies in knowing your options. Here, we explore three often-overlooked tools that can help you with your shipping needs, including:

  • Urgent international air freight
  • Freight to and from cities in Mexico and the United States in just two to four days total
  • Multipiece shipments going to the same destination on the same day

1. New this year: Express freight
Ship faster with UPS Worldwide Express Freight™. This service guarantees door-to-door, urgent international air freight delivery of palletized shipments of more than 150 pounds. It is available to 41 destination countries and territories – all in one to three days total.

Whether you need to replenish inventory unexpectedly or ship replacement parts fast, UPS Worldwide Express Freight provides guaranteed, day-definite delivery using UPS's global air network. The service is also ideal for high-value shipments and getting goods to market faster during a product launch.

UPS Worldwide Express Freight uses the same reliable tracking, invoicing and customer support in WorldShip®, UPS CampusShip® and shipping on® that you use for small-package shipping.

2. Seamless U.S.-Mexico shipments
A growing number of companies are moving goods across the Mexico-U.S. border, and cross-border traffic is expected to grow. Projections show Mexico will become even more competitive with China in turning out medium-value and certain high-value products because of fuel prices and pressure in China to increase wages. The Mexican transborder market is expected to rise by more than 10 percent from 2009 to 2015, for both imports and exports, according to LC&S Analysis and the Mexico Ministry of Finance.

The challenges of cross-border trade can add up, especially since Mexico requires customs brokerage regardless of direction, resulting in a stop at the border where freight is unloaded at a cross-dock facility. After brokerage is complete, a drayage provider moves the freight across the border to another yard/cross-dock facility. With mutiple parties involved, delays, errors and loss of visibility are common.

That's where UPS can help. UPS CrossBorder Connect® bundles transportation north and south of the border with UPS's brokerage capabilities, providing an end-to-end solution for palletized freight from numerous U.S. cities to major Mexican business hubs such as Guadalajara, Mexico City, Monterrey and Chihuahua. This service is less expensive than air freight and faster than standard ground transportation. Transit time between most Mexican and U.S. cities is typically just two to four days.

3. Compare costs and speeds with new rating tool for UPS Hundredweight
When you have a multipiece, nonpalletized shipment weighing between 100 and 500 pounds, going to the same destination within the United States on the same day, consider UPS Hundredweight Service®. This contractual service is an affordable alternative to LTL (less-than-truckload) freight service, saving some customers up to 20 percent off their bottom lines.

UPS recently launched a new UPS Hundredweight rating tool on that lets you quickly determine rates for one shipment or multiple shipments based on your negotiated rate, and then allows you to process a shipment directly from the tool using UPS Internet Shipping.

The tool also allows you to:

  • Select the UPS service level that best suits your budget and your deadline, whether that is UPS Ground, UPS 3 Day Select®, UPS 2nd Day Air® or UPS Next Day Air®.
  • Add or remove "additional services" charges to your shipment.
  • See updated 2013 rates for shipments within the 50 states and to Puerto Rico, plus you can access current fuel surcharge rates.

You can save both time and money by using the UPS Hundredweight Service and the new rating tool. Other benefits include package and shipment tracking, three free delivery attempts, and no additional charges for inside delivery and lift gate fees, which are traditionally associated with LTL freight shipping. And, you dont have to do anything extra – your UPS Hundredweight shipment will be picked up with your other packages.

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