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Catch Profits by Drop Shipping

I have spent over a decade working with companies of all sizes. One thing every company wants to know, regardless of their size, is how to reduce expenses.

Most companies start by looking at the very end of their supply chain. They try to squeeze pennies out of their transportation spend, which generally doesn’t provide the results they’re looking for. Soon they realize that they need to look at broader alternatives to improve their bottom line: reduce costs or increase sales.

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Olympics and Logistics
UPS package car in London

Ever since I was a little girl I remember watching the summer and winter Olympics with my family.  It helped me understand that with talent and a lot of hard work many athletes see their Olympic dreams come true.  Not only that, I learned the names of countries that I did not even know existed -Azerbaijan, Slovenia and Uruguay just to name a few.

UPS has been hard at work too.  We now electronically service even more customer’s global shipping needs on ups.com.  Our recent country technology expansion of our calculate transits times, rates, shipping and tracking applications to over 55 new countries will reduce manual processes previously in place.   

Here are a couple of ways UPS technology makes things at the Olympics run smoother.

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How Chinese New Year (or the Queen’s Birthday) Can Impact your Customer Service: International Shipping Post 2
Shanghai, China

This is the second post in a series addressing challenges for companies starting to go global with their products and services.

Picnics, parades, and patriotism are just a few ways to celebrate Independence Day. Your UPS driver even takes the day off. But, what if your customers or suppliers are abroad? In today’s global marketplace, it’s important to note holidays around the world that might impact your business.

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Small Busines Video: Speech Privacy Systems
Speech Privacy Systems

How many times have you wished for more peace and quiet at your office, or for the person in the cube next to you to use their “inside voice” so you could get work done?

Small business Speech Privacy Systems helps solve problems like that.  They sell equipment that masks and reduces the travel of speech.  Systems range in scale from personal devices to systems that discreetly cover entire facilities.  They are especially useful in environments where speech is either distracting to others or needs to be obscured due to the confidential nature of what is being said. 

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UPS Delights Dancing Deer Baking Co. with On-Time Holiday Deliveries
Dancing Deer Brownie Tin

When your name is Dancing Deer Baking Company, the holidays are a critical time of year and it’s important to have the right business partner pulling your sleigh… or in this case – your trailer.

Dancing Deer started small using a former pizza parlor and a few convection ovens to bake cakes from scratch. The small business quickly morphed into a retail operation and earned recognition for making “the best cake in America.” The cakes are still baked from scratch, along with cookies and brownies that can be ordered online at DancingDeer.com.  You also can find items made with all-natural ingredients at natural food stores, specialty grocers and supermarkets around the country.

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Let’s Talk Turkey: UPS Supports Small Biz During Holiday Rush

The holidays can be a hectic for everyone. But nothing compares to the stress a small business owner feels when he moves an entire year’s worth of inventory in just two months.

Greenberg Smoked Turkeys, a family-operated business based in the small town Tyler, Texas, ships its hickory smoked turkeys to customers all over the country. It all started when Sam Greenberg would smoke turkeys for family and friends in a corner of his dairy barn in the 1940s. Now, his grandson, also named Sam, runs the business and enjoys national recognition from celebrity customers like Oprah Winfrey.

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For UPS and Tandem Sport, Small Business is just Good Business

At UPS, we love small businesses.They’re resourceful, flexible, innovative, and they give good customer service.To put it simply, small businesses are run by good people who care about what they do.These qualities are also at the core of our 103-year old business, so it makes sense to value them in our customers as well. After all, what’s not to love about a mother of four who’s turned a hobby into a bona fide successful business in the midst of its 21st year?

That hobby was volleyball and that mother was Anne Brown, the owner and operator of Tandem Sport, a premier sports medicine and equipment wholesaler based in Louisville, Ky.

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Putting Importers in the Driver’s Seat

Here’s the scenario. You’re an online retailer sourcing your merchandise from Asia. You need to import the merchandise and have the goods sent directly to your end customer. Of course, you want the shipment to arrive on time with the commercial invoice removed to maintain the confidentiality of the value of the merchandise. And you wish to be notified of any exceptions along the way.

Sound simple? Ask an importer and you’ll probably hear a horror story about the shipment that got stuck in customs or the commercial invoice that found its way to the end customer who promptly calculated the importer’s profit margin. Why these challenges? Because the exporter had all the control over the shipment.

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Ways to $ave

I deem myself “fiscally prudent” while others have used the tightwad reference. There’s joy in balancing a checkbook to the penny (yes, I still use the book). But value isn’t just comparison pricing. My bottom line satisfaction does take into account convenience, my time and quality of a product or service. Read More »