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The science of shipping with Pacejet
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First-hand experience with residential freight delivery

Insider, Articles

We don't often write about our own experiences with shipping, but I had a recent experience with Estes and their subsidiary, Estes Forwarding Worldwide (EFW). This all started with a 10-year old's fervent desire for a basketball hoop.

We live in a suburban neighborhood, and I would guess that about 10% of all homes have a basketball hoop. That fact along with the fact that our neighborhood park had a basketball hoop did not deter my son from begging and pleading for a basketball hoop of his very own. This led me to adventures in e-commerce, searching for the best deal, which we discovered to be Walmart. I never really gave much thought to the shipping of the hoop, as I figured they would use FedEX or UPS. But I underestimated the sheer size and weight of the item. 

Lost under the boxes: holiday shipping returns reached an all time high

Articles, Holidays

As we head into one of the next major U.S. holidays—Valentine's Day—it's a great time to take note of what we experienced and learned during the November-January holiday season. If there's one thing we know, holidays are likely to lead to an influx of returns.

Consumers were expected to return about 1.4 million packages on National Returns Day (January 3rd), according to a press release from UPS. This is an 8% increase from the amount last year, making January 3rd, 2018 the busiest day for carriers nationally. An estimated 5.8 million return packages were shipped back to retailers the first full week of January this year.

Whether you are bracing for post-Valentine's Day return chaos, or want to retool for next yearthere are a few things that you can do to keep your customers happy and keep your bottom line safe.

7 top blog posts of 2017: happy holidays edition

Articles, Holidays

Tis the season for end of the year blog posts! We want to wish you and your team happy holidays and provide some end of the year reading for those of you still working to get packages out for last-minute shoppers (or to restock the shelves for after the holidays).

In evaluating the top posts for the season, we only looked at posts created this year. Although we love how many of you still enjoy our content from previous seasons!

Read on to discover the top 7 Pacejet blog posts our subscribers couldn't live without in 2017.

Are you ignoring packaging optimization and losing profits?

Tips and Tricks, Articles, Strategy

Your packaging strategy has a direct impact on your bottom line. If you use too much packaging, you incur unnecessary costs in materials and carrier charges. Use too little, and you fail to protect your products, leaving you with significantly higher costs to replace the original items and send them to the customer a second time.

What may seem like only a couple of dollars wasted at a time, when you have thousands of boxes shipped every month, can quickly turn into thousands or millions of dollars lost every year.

Let’s explore a few of the main reasons why packaging optimization should be a priority.

Pacejet loves to uncover shipping trends and truths that help us improve customer operations, save money, and move businesses forward. That's why we believe in the science of shipping—because companies are ever-evolving and data, analytics, and flashes of brilliance can help you get where you want to go.

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