Transportation Spend Management: A Comprehensive Solution

Transportation Spend Management System

The last few years have been a roller coaster ride for many industries. But, due to a confluence of factors, the logistics sector in particular has had an especially rough time of it. And according to the Wall Street Journal, it doesn’t look like that is going to change any time soon. While some companies […]

Five Trends for 2023

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In their December 2022 digital issue, Inbound Logistics identified five logistics trends that they predict will shape the industry in the coming months.  Digitization, Data and Visibility: Zero Down has been at the forefront of the Digital Revolution for years now, and our advanced logistics platform, FreightOptics, provides unmatched levels of supply chain visibility. We’re excited […]

2023 General Rate Increase

General Rate Increase (GRI)

In a completely unsurprising move, UPS announced that their General Rate Increase (GRI) for 2023 will match FedEx’s increase of 6.9%. While the two national parcel giants historically mirror each other, what is surprising about last week’s announcement is the amount. For the past few years, both carriers have raised their rates by an average of 4.9% each year. […]

Parcel Forum 2022: 5 Key Takeaways

parcel forum 2022

That’s a wrap! Parcel Forum 2022 concluded last week in Chicago, and the Zero Down team was there to capture the latest and greatest news from all around the small parcel world. While getting to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the conference in person was amazing, for those that couldn’t attend, we wanted to provide […]

Freight Optimization: It’s Bid Time

Freight Spend Management

As we enter Q4, it’s time to Go Bid or Go Home. In the latest report from the Logistics Manager’s Index, transportation capacity continues to rise, as businesses sit on already overstocked inventories. Per the Wall Street Journal, freight rates are plummeting from the historic highs of the previous year, as ocean shippers cancel record […]

Innovation and Logistics

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In a recent post, author and marketing expert Seth Godin explores the differences, as well as the synergies, between Innovation and Logistics. Here at Zero Down, both of these concepts are near and dear to our hearts, so we wanted to chime in:  Back in 2003, the desire for innovation in a stagnant logistics market was […]

Unavoidable Package Strike: UPS Contract Negotiation Looming Large

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Twenty-five years ago, Teamsters Union members working for UPS went on strike, leaving thousands of packages sitting idle and disrupting distribution networks nationwide. The impact was felt at every level, from small business owners to industry giants, with many even calling for the government to step in and get things moving again. This strike happened roughly two decades […]

Outsourcing Your Logistics: The Importance of Maintaining Supply Chain Visibility

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Peak Season is getting closer, and this year, some big-name retail chains are reportedly trying something new: selling their logistics and fulfillment services to other shippers. Thanks to sustained supply chain hurdles and a continued demand disparity, many retailers are lowering their projections for the rest of the year, as inventories continue to remain high […]

Peaking At the Wrong Time

Peak Season Surchange

As businesses around the country gear up for a Holiday Season that seems to come earlier and earlier every year, carriers are also preparing for the busy times ahead. Both UPS and FedEx have announced their Peak Season Surcharges for the upcoming festive period, and as usual, they’re a doozy. While annual GRI’s and Peak […]

Freight Audit & Pay: Simplify Your Supply Chain

simplify supply chain

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Leonardo Da Vinci In our modern world, simple is hard to find. Technological innovation has made it possible to dream big, and achieve things previously thought impossible. But, the interconnectedness of our now global systems has also illuminated just how complicated the world can be. The logistics industry is no […]

Supply Chain Technology: The Digital Revolution Revisited

supply chain technology

At Zero Down, we work hard to not only stay at the forefront of supply chain technology, but to lead the way. Three years ago, we wrote about the Digital Revolution that was quickly changing the supply chain industry, and the possibilities that advancing technologies would bring to the field. Now, in the aftermath of […]