FedEx Shipping Tips for Winter Weather

December 1, 2015 at 9:09 AMLeah Palnik

During the holidays and the harsh winter months it's more important than ever to protect yourself against weather delays for your FedEx® small-package shipments. Here are a few tips to keep in mind this season when using FedEx:

  • Build in extra days for shipping. The best way to be proactive about potential service delays is to give yourself more time. You might not always have the luxury of being able to send your shipment a few days early, but try not to wait until the last minute in case Mother Nature decides to strike. 
  • Sign up for shipment email notifications. When you create a FedEx shipment you have the ability to sign up for email notifications. These notifications can tell you when your package has been tendered to FedEx, has been delivered, and everything in between. It’s a good way to keep an eye on the status of your shipment. 
  • Bookmark the FedEx Service Alerts page. FedEx updates this page with the latest service alerts to keep you informed on any potential service interruptions.
  • Subscribe to the FedEx email list to get the latest service alerts via email. That way you can receive real-time alerts right in your inbox.
  • Utilize FedEx InSight®. When you register for this helpful tool, you can proactively check the status of your shipments without a tracking number, receive email notifications, and monitor all your shipments simultaneously. If you’re a high-volume shipper, this is great way to manage the status-tracking of all of your individual shipments.

Through an association shipping program managed by PartnerShip, you can receive exclusive discounts on select FedEx services. If you belong to an association we work with, take advantage of our free shipping benefits today. If you’re not sure if you qualify for one of our FedEx small-package shipping programs, contact us and we’ll find the solution that’s right for you.

Understanding the UPS and FedEx Small Package Rate Increases

November 13, 2015 at 9:51 AMLeah Palnik

Every year small package carriers FedEx and UPS evaluate their shipping rates and make adjustments that can have a substantial effect on you and your business. The UPS rate increases will be effective December 28, 2015, while the new FedEx rates take effect on January 4, 2016. As always, how much more expensive your particular small package shipments will be in the new year largely depends on many factors, including shipment volumes, sizes, weights, and modes.

Here are some quick facts: 

  • FedEx Express package rates are increasing an average of 4.9% for U.S., U.S export, and U.S. import services. 
  • UPS Air and International package rates are increasing an average of 5.2%
  • FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery rates are increasing an average of 4.9%
  • UPS Ground rates are increasing an average of 4.9%.

The important takeaway when thinking about your shipping expenses in 2016 is that the announced average increases paint an inaccurate picture of the true impact these new rate increases could have on your business. If you find yourself confused by rate bases, average increases, surcharges, and DIM weight pricing — rest assured that PartnerShip is here to help. Our small package shipping experts have dug into the details and analyzed the new rate tables to assess the true impact to shippers and help you make sense of these increases. Learn more about how the 2016 rate increases will affect your shipping costs by downloading the free white paper at PartnerShip.com/RateIncrease.

Download: Understanding the 2016 Small Package Rate Increases

Small Package Changes Coming Next Week

October 28, 2015 at 8:58 AMLeah Palnik

As you may have heard, small package carriers FedEx and UPS recently announced their general rate increases for 2016. As you prepare for these adjustments in the next couple of months, it’s important to take notice of a couple changes coming before the New Year.

Beginning November 2, 2015, shippers will see a significant increase in the charge assessed for oversized packages. The FedEx Unauthorized Packages surcharge and the UPS Over Maximum Limits surcharge are jumping from $57.50 to $110. These changes come just in time for the holiday rush, where the carriers see a significant increase in shipment volume. 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.

Another change shippers will see from FedEx and UPS before the holiday rush pertains to fuel surcharges. Effective November 2, 2015, FedEx and UPS will update their fuel surcharge tables for Ground, Express/Air, and International. This is the second time FedEx will be increasing fuel surcharge tables this year. However, UPS fuel surcharges will be higher than their competitor. Next month the fuel surcharge rate for Ground services will increase from 4.75% to 5.25%, while the fuel surcharge for Air services will increase from 3% to 4.5%. In comparison, the FedEx fuel surcharge for Ground services will jump from 3.5% to 4.25%; and from 1% to 2.75% for Express services. To view the updated tables, click the links below:

Every year, PartnerShip conducts a full analysis of the FedEx and UPS small package rate increases to help shippers assess the true impact. Be on the lookout for this informative white paper, coming soon! 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.

FedEx Announces 2016 Rate Increases

September 17, 2015 at 2:06 PMLeah Palnik

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 fedex.com 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 trucking.org for more information on the event and the ATA. Also, watch the short video below from ATA that salutes America’s truck drivers.



Drivers Gear Up for the "Super Bowl of Safety"

August 11, 2015 at 1:45 PMMatt Nagel