PartnerShip Offers Freight Insurance to Decrease its Customers’ Shipping Risk (and Stress!)

November 4, 2016 at 9:00 AMJerry Spelic

The LTL shipping industry has been reducing its shipment liability to the point where recovery for lost or damaged freight is pennies on the dollar. As recently as 15 years ago, carriers agreed to be liable for the full cost of any freight lost or damaged. But as their insurance costs increased, carriers began decreasing their liability to keep costs low. Today, it’s common to see liability restricted to $0.25 per lb. or even less.

In our relentless effort to help customers ship smarter and stay competitive, PartnerShip is now offering freight insurance. We’ve teamed up with Roanoke Trade (a division of Roanoke Insurance Group, Inc.) to offer coverage to shippers against physical loss or damage, providing them a better option than relying solely on a carrier’s liability coverage.

This high quality, competitively-priced and easily-managed freight insurance will pay to repair or replace the cargo regardless of if the carrier is found liable.

We’re logistics experts and our customers rely on us to help them safely and efficiently move their freight. LTL carriers want shippers to bear the risks of in-transit loss or damage, but freight insurance helps mitigate the risks inherent with the shipping process.

Benefits of freight insurance include:

·         Affordability. Minimum premiums as low as $20 per shipment

·         $0 deductible. Approved claims are paid from $1 (maximum liability of $100,000)

·         Claims typically paid within 30 days

·         Pays to repair or replace the cargo whether or not the carrier is found liable

Of course, some restrictions apply. Your PartnerShip account representative can give you a complete explanation of freight insurance from Roanoke Trade.

The shipping experts at PartnerShip are here to help you ship smarter and stay competitive. Contact us at 800-599-2902 or email for more information about freight insurance. 

Get winning! Enter the FedEx Advantage® $25,000 Get Ready Sweepstakes

October 13, 2016 at 9:40 AMLeah Palnik

Get ready for a chance to win! FedEx is giving PartnerShip customers a chance to win up to $10,000, or over 100 other prizes, in the $25,000 Get Ready Sweepstakes. By enrolling in a PartnerShip-managed shipping program, association members will be automatically entered in the sweepstakes. If you are already enrolled in one of our programs, you simply have to join My FedEx Rewards. Then you’ll have a chance to earn up to 51 additional entries.*

Imagine how you could invest in the success of your business with these prizes:

  • $10,000 Grand Prize (1) 
  • $1,000 First Prizes (10) 
  • $50 Second Prizes (100)

Get started. Keep saving.
PartnerShip customers enjoy significant savings on select FedEx® services. The program is free to join and there are no minimum shipping requirements. What’s more, you may be eligible for other special offers and promotions.

PartnerShip works with over 120 major trade associations, across many industries, to provide their members with time- and money-saving tools to help them be successful in all facets of shipping and logistics. If you belong to an association we work with, take advantage of our free shipping benefits today and get in on the $25,000 Get Ready Sweepstakes. If you're not sure if you qualify for one of our association shipping programs contact us and we'll find the solution that's right for you.

*Limit 52 total entries. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. The $25,000 Get Ready Sweepstakes is sponsored by FedEx Corporate Services, Inc. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and Washington, D.C., age 18 or older who are members of an eligible FedEx Advantage affiliate as of 9/11/16. Begins 9/12/16; ends 11/4/16. For rules, go to

PartnerShip Celebrates Manufacturing Day, Friday, October 7th!

September 29, 2016 at 8:26 AMJerry Spelic

PartnerShip is proud to recognize manufacturing and celebrate MFG DAY 2016. MFG DAY was started five years ago to celebrate manufacturing and to help inspire the next generation of manufacturers. Its main purpose is to educate and inform students, teachers, and community leaders about how important manufacturing is to the economy and to local communities. We’re proud to partner with NTMA, NATM, MAPP, PMPA, Wire-Net, and many other organizations that support manufacturers!

There is a growing skilled labor shortage in the manufacturing sector, and MFG DAY gives manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show what manufacturing is, and show that manufacturing offers high-quality jobs and career choices.

Consider these statistics:

·         US manufacturing is the 9th largest economy in the world. (Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis)

·         There are 12.3 million manufacturing workers in the United States, accounting for 9 percent of the workforce. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

·         In 2014, the average manufacturing worker earned $79,553 annually, including pay and benefits. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

·         Over the next decade, nearly 3½ million manufacturing jobs will likely be needed. (Source: Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute)

Last year, over 2,600 MFG DAY events were held, with a total of 400,000 participants.

PartnerShip works with hundreds of manufacturers and we’re proud to spread the word about the importance of manufacturing. To learn more, visit the official site of MFG DAY. You can find resources to help you get involved, host an event, view sponsors, and get up-to-date news.

FedEx and UPS Announce 2017 Rate Increases

September 26, 2016 at 10:50 AMLeah Palnik

FedEx recently announced changes to its shipping rates for 2017. In a surprising move, these new rates do not match the increases that UPS announced earlier this month. FedEx and UPS typically announce similar rate increases annually, making this year rather unique.

The new rates for FedEx will take effect on January 2, 2017. FedEx Ground services will increase an average of 4.9%, matching the announced average increase for UPS Ground that will take effect on December 26, 2016. However, while UPS Air services will be increasing an average of 4.9%, FedEx Express rates will only be increasing an average of 3.9%. This is the first of many differences between the announced changes from the two major carriers.

FedEx will also be lowering the dimensional (DIM) divisor to 139 for domestic shipments, matching the divisor currently used for international shipments. Many shipments that were not previously charged at the DIM weight will now be affected, which will have a significant impact on overall shipping costs. In 2011, the dimensional divisor decreased from 194 to 166, and in 2015 both FedEx and UPS began applying DIM weight pricing to all ground shipments. At this time, UPS hasn’t announced any changes to its DIM weight pricing.

In addition, FedEx announced a change to its fuel surcharges. Effective February 6, 2017, the fuel surcharge percentage will be subject to weekly adjustment, rather than monthly. There’s currently a two month lag time between the US government fuel indexes and the fuel surcharges. This change will better align them by reducing the lag time to two weeks.

As a shipper, it’s important to understand how these changes will affect you and your business. As we’ve done in past years, Partnership will conduct a full analysis to help you make sense of these changes. Be on the lookout for our white paper on the topic before the New Year!

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 Says "Thank You" to America’s Truck Drivers

September 12, 2016 at 1:23 PMJerry Spelic

It’s National Truck Driver Appreciation Week!

“This week is about raising public awareness and support for the important work professional truck drivers do in our communities year round,” said American Trucking Associations (ATA) President and CEO Chris Spear. “These men and women are safety-minded professionals who deserve our respect and praise. We’re fortunate that truck drivers have dedicated their careers to delivering critical goods like medicine, food and school books.”

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week happens September 11-17 to honor all 3.5 million professional truck drivers for their hard work and commitment to deliver our goods safely, securely and on time, and keep our highways safe.

PartnerShip is saying “thank you” to these hard-working men and women that keep our economy moving with a Dunkin' Donuts gift card for drivers that move a load for us during the week. Yep! Free coffee delivered via email or text! It’s one way we can express our appreciation for drivers that allow our customers to stay competitive by shipping smarter.

If you would like to learn more about National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, visit for more information. To become a partner carrier please contact one of our Carrier Procurement Representatives for a setup packet at or visit our Becoming a PartnerShip Carrier web page.

An Update on Self-Driving Truck Technology

August 23, 2016 at 2:07 PMJerry Spelic

A little more than a year ago on this blog, we asked the question, “Are Self-Driving Trucks the Future of Shipping?” Recent technology advances and business partnerships have made it clear that yes, self-driving trucks are the future. The question is now, “When is the future?”

Google’s self-driving car project has logged more than 1.5 million miles in autonomous mode with no accidents resulting in major injury or death. The US Army has tested self-driving technology with truck convoys. Uber is road testing a fleet of cars equipped to drive themselves in Pittsburgh. Its competitor, Lyft, is partnering with General Motors to develop self-driving taxis. 

How is self-driving technology going to impact shipping? Google already has a patent for a “package delivery platform” which suggests its technology will be in trucks soon. The US Army wants to deploy self-driving convoys carrying troops and supplies in the next 10 to 15 years. Uber recently purchased a startup company called “Otto,” with the mission to make every truck a self-driving truck. Its goal is self-driving trucks on our highways in as little as two years.  

Self-driving cars have gotten more attention, but self-driving trucks will have a much more substantial impact on the economy. Trucks move nearly 70% of all the freight tonnage in the US and involve 3 million heavy-duty trucks and drivers, using 37 billion gallons of diesel fuel to move 9.2 billion tons of freight over 279 million miles of roadway (American Trucking Associations). The savings potential means trucks may become automated sooner than cars.

The self-driving engineers at Otto believe the commercial trucking world can be automated first and their goal is to have trucks drive themselves on highways, leaving city driving, docking and parking to human drivers. The concept is just like automated pilots that fly jets at high altitudes while leaving the trickier takeoffs and landings to trained human pilots.

The challenges

Self-driving vehicles have several challenges to overcome before they can appear on the roads. First, the technology to make a vehicle autonomous is expensive. Second, consumer trust in fully self-driving vehicle technology is still very low, and third, government regulations are relatively nonexistent, although California recently proposed regulations that stipulate that a fully autonomous vehicle must have a driver in it at all times. 

The benefits

The use of autonomous trucks would overcome many of the stringent “hours of service” regulations in place. Use of self-driving trucks would allow the driver to get rest while the truck drives itself, speeding up deliveries and overall productivity.

Autonomous trucks are more fuel efficient due to computer-controlled acceleration and braking systems that optimize their speed. Conservative estimates predict self-driving trucks consume 10 - 15% less fuel.

Self-driving technology can increase the safety of the driver and the load. A report published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) assigns blame to operator error in 94% of truck accidents. Between 10 and 20% percent of the roughly 4,000 fatal truck accidents are linked to driver fatigue, based on estimates gathered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, and self-driving trucks never get tired.

The impact to employment

While it might seem like self-driving trucks would result in increased unemployment, that may not be the case. There were more than 48,000 unfilled driver openings last year. If the trend continues, the driver shortage may increase to 150,000 by 2024. The shortage is a result of older drivers retiring, fewer people entering the profession, and increased demand to move freight. Self-driving trucks can fill the gap and could attract more tech-savvy and younger people to become drivers.

Otto is looking for 1,000 volunteers to have self-driving kits installed on their cabs (at no cost, of course) to test and fine-tune the technology. Volunteers are expected to take control of the truck if the technology fails or if driving conditions make it unsafe to remain in autonomous mode. Otto plans to test its equipment on volunteers’ trucks for the next 12 to 18 months.

Whenever self-driving trucks become viable, PartnerShip will be here to help you focus on your business by managing the complicated parts of shipping. To stay competitive, ship smarter with PartnerShip! Contact us at 800-599-2902 or get a quote now!

PartnerShip Exhibits at ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition

August 17, 2016 at 9:26 AMJerry Spelic
Imagine an event where you get to see your best friends and make new ones. And it happens in a beautiful place with terrific food, exciting activities, and lots to see and do. And did we mention the great friends?