PartnerShip Celebrates Manufacturing Day!

October 1, 2015 at 9:01 AMMatt Nagel

PartnerShip joins North America in celebrating manufacturers! This year, MFG DAY will be celebrated on October 2nd, and is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. MFG DAY addresses common misconceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t. By working together during and after MFG DAY, manufacturers will begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry.

MFG DAY is designed to amplify the voice of individual manufacturers and coordinate manufacturers that have common concerns and challenges. The rallying point for a growing mass movement, MFG DAY empowers manufacturers to come together to address their collective challenges so they can help their communities and future generations thrive.

Tomorrow is an important day for PartnerShip and the hundreds of manufacturing companies to which we provide shipping services. If you would like to learn more about MFG DAY, visit There, you can find resources to help you get involved, sign up to host an event, view sponsors, and get up-to-date news. We would also recommend visiting the MFG DAY YouTube channel for great videos about events and manufacturing in general!

FedEx Announces 2016 Rate Increases

September 17, 2015 at 2:06 PMLeah Hyland

This week, FedEx announced its general rate increases (GRI) for 2016. Effective January 4, 2016, FedEx Express will increase shipping rates by an average of 4.9% for U.S. domestic, U.S. export and U.S. import services. FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery will increase shipping rates by an average of 4.9%. FedEx SmartPost® rates will also increase and FedEx One Rate® pricing will change.

Shipping fees and surcharges will also be changing. Here are a few examples of surcharge changes that will apply in 2016:

A couple of changes are coming ahead of the New Year and will be in effect starting on November 2, 2015. Fuel surcharge tables will be updated for FedEx Express and FedEx Ground, with full details becoming available on by September 23, 2015. Also, the FedEx Ground Charge for Unauthorized Packages will increase from $57.50 per package to $110 per package. This charge applies to: 

  • Any package measuring more than 108 inches in length
  • Any package measuring more than 165 inches in length and girth combined
  • Any package weighing more than 150 lbs.

If you ship small packages these rate increases will likely affect your business. When FedEx and UPS provide the full details of their GRIs, you can count on PartnerShip to provide you with a breakdown of what these new rates will mean to you and your business in 2016. 

In the meantime, it's important to start evaluating how you can combat these rises in shipping costs. Through a PartnerShip-managed shipping program, you receive significant discounts on select FedEx services - resulting in savings that can offset these rate increases. If you're not sure if you qualify for one of our small package shipping programs contact us and we'll find the solution that's right for you. 

PartnerShip Thanks America's Truck Drivers

September 14, 2015 at 9:01 AMMatt Nagel

This week, PartnerShip joins the American Trucking Association (ATA) in celebrating a group of workers playing a large part in the American economy – truck drivers. National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, September 13-19, 2015, is when America takes the time to honor all professional truck drivers for their hard work and commitment in tackling one of our economy’s most demanding and important jobs. These 3.4 million professional men and women not only deliver our goods safely, securely and on time, they also keep our highways safe.

“National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is a tremendous tradition, one that ATA is proud to carry on each year,” said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves. “We value the men and women who safely deliver our nation’s goods, and keep America moving forward, and we encourage fleets and shippers to honor their drivers for their hard work and commitment to the industry during this week and every week.”

If you would like to learn more about National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, visit for more information on the event and the ATA. Also, watch the short video below from ATA that salutes America’s truck drivers.

Top content created this year…so far

September 2, 2015 at 9:00 AMMatt Nagel
As Your Shipping Connection, it is our goal to save you money and time. That's why we continue to develop content geared towards helping you navigate through the world of transportation and logistics. We know that sometimes things get hectic and it's tough to keep up with everything. That's why we put together the below recap of PartnerShip content posted this year (in order of date posted) - just in case you missed it or wanted to give something a second look!

  • UPS and FedEx Increase Fuel Surcharges - "FedEx and UPS have both increased their fuel surcharges, effective February 2, 2015. This increase, combined with both companies’ general rate increases in late 2014, mean that almost all shippers will pay more to ship small parcels this year."
  • New White Papers - PartnerShip has created a number of new white papers recently, including the 5 Most Common Shipping Mistakes, the Truck and Trailer Equipment Guide, A Guide to Stress-Free Shipping, and How to Accept Freight and Handle Claims
  • Take Advantage of Simple Flat Rate Shipping with FedEx One Rate - "With FedEx One Rate, there’s no weighing or measuring of shipments under 50 lbs., so you can add to the box without adding to the price. Your flat rate includes free packaging options, time-definite 1-, 2- or 3-day delivery, and even some common surcharges."
  • Top 5 Highlights from CAMEX 2015 - "CAMEX is a very special show for PartnerShip. We are the endorsed shipping partner of the National Association of College Stores (NACS) and the college retail industry is an important customer segment for us."
  • DIY Projects Using Shipping Materials - "If you do any shipping, you’re probably familiar with the standard packaging materials – bubble wrap, pallets, boxes, etc. But you may not be familiar with some of the not-so-standard uses for these items."
  • Meet Your PartnerShip Team - Get to know a different side of Nicole, Alex, Harry, Jennifer, Laurie, Hector, Barbara, Julieann, and Laura and learn why PartnerShip is a unique shipping partner and employer.
  • Top Freight Shipping Challenges - Common freight shipping challenges are identified and addressed. Price, unknown freight, transit times, and damages/lost shipments are the focus of this informative blog series.
  • Dim Weight Resources - "Small package carriers FedEx and UPS are now applying dimensional (DIM) weight pricing to all packages. If you're confused about how to calculate DIM weight or what you can do to keep your costs down, PartnerShip can help."
  • Cleveland Playoff Plates - "The (styrofoam) plates add something a little extra to the already special experience of watching the hometown Cavaliers battle for a championship. Part superstition, part team-building, part bragging-rights, the playoff plate benefits are many and the fun is never-ending."
  • Top 5 Trade Show Shipping Mistakes - "Shipping to a trade show comes with its fair share of pitfalls that could leave you high and dry at an event. Learn from other’s mistakes and shy away from the following top trade show shipping blunders."
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How to Accept Freight and Handle Claims

August 28, 2015 at 1:21 PMLeah Hyland

Knowing how to properly check your inbound freight can save you from a big headache when handling any resulting claims. To help you understand exactly what you need to do in these situations, we’ve developed a new white paper on how to accept freight and handle claims. You’ll learn:

  • What procedures to follow when receiving freight
  • How to check for damages or shortages
  • How to make notations on the delivery receipt
  • The steps you need to take to file a claim
  • How to improve your inbound shipping management

Click here to download the white paper!

If you receive shipments from your vendors, this white paper is a must-read. For more educational resources, visit

When you work with PartnerShip, you benefit from the personalized attention of a dedicated account representative who can provide you with routing management, claims assistance, and the competitive freight rates your business needs. Request a free inbound shipping analysis today by visiting

Top 5 Trade Show Shipping Mistakes

August 20, 2015 at 10:43 AMMatt Nagel