Something that you should worry about….

The FCC’s decision to eliminate Obama-era net neutrality will hurt small to mid-size retailers and affect consumers

When the Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to abolish net neutrality rules, the reaction from e-retailers and other web-based companies was swift, negative and sometimes threatening. Lawsuits and proposed legislation are expected to follow.

Among e-commerce companies, observers expect the FCC decision to be especially hard on smaller players. But even e-commerce giant Inc., No. 1 in the Internet Retailer 2017 Top 500, is worried about what the end of net neutrality rules—which require internet service providers (ISPs) to treat all data the same way—could mean.

Darren Hill, CEO and co-founder of WebLinc, the parent company of e-commerce platform Workarea, says the abolishment of federal net neutrality rules—assuming it survives inevitable court challenges and opposition on Capitol Hill—could be terrible for small and mid-sized e-retailers.

The repeal of net neutrality could mean a removal of freedom on the internet and change the web forever.
Darren Hill

Cyber Weekend Surge Causing UPS Delays

UPS said there will be delivery delays through the middle of this week due to a deluge in ecommerce orders beginning on Cyber Monday and in the days following, Bloomberg is reporting.

The orders on in those days exceeded projections, UPS spokesman Steve Gaut told Bloomberg, causing a “bubble” to develop at certain package centers. Heavy volumes forced one- or two-day delays for on some orders from last week, even as UPS worked over the weekend to play catch-up.

Gaut told Bloomberg that much of the backlog has been cleared up, and the company doesn’t expect to miss Christmas deadlines because of it.

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UPS Rate Increase Details

UPS Rate Change Information

Effective December 24, 2017, the published rates for our services will increase. This supports ongoing expansion and capability enhancements as we strive to maintain the high service levels you expect from UPS. Below is an overview of our 2018 Rates.*


The following changes will be effective December 24, 2017:

  • The rates for UPS® Ground, UPS Air and International services will increase an average net 4.9%.
  • The Large Package Surcharge will apply to any U.S. Domestic package with a length exceeding 96 inches or a length plus girth greater than 130 inches.
  • The dimensional weight divisor for packages less than or equal to one cubic foot in size (1,728 cubic inches) will be 139 for all U.S. Domestic services subject to Daily Rates or Alaska and Hawaii Rates.

The following changes will be effective July 8, 2018:

  • The Large Package Surcharge for any U.S. Domestic package delivered to a residential address will be $90.
  • The Additional Handling surcharge for any U.S. Domestic package exceeding 70 pounds in actual weight

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FedEx 2018 Rate Increases

Shipping Rates to Increase for FedEx Express, FedEx Ground and FedEx Freight Service

MEMPHIS, Tenn., September 18, 2017 … FedEx Express, FedEx Ground and FedEx Freight, subsidiaries of FedEx Corp., will increase shipping rates effective January 1, 2018.

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 One Rate pricing will increase by an average of 3.5%.

FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery shipping rates will increase by an average of 4.9%. FedEx SmartPost rates will also change.

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Holiday Shopping Habits

Holiday shoppers splurging on themselves, and that’s a good sign for the season, analyst says

  • More shoppers are spending on themselves this year around the holidays, an NPD survey shows.
  • Retailers have been setting up the right assortment of splurge-worthy items in stores.
  • Items such as sweaters, boots, smartphones, cookware and athletic apparel typically fall within the “self-gifting” category, according to NPD.

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Did You know…..

…… out of the top 1000 online merchants, 76.5% offer “free” shipping?  Hmmm, someone’s paying for that shipping somewhere.

Did you know…… 52% of online consumers say they are interested in an alternate delivery location rather than their home?   That means no more stolen packages off front porches.  FedEx has partnered with Walgreens for pickup and delivery.  Amazon has partnered with Kohl’s for returns.  This is just the beginning of eCommerce and brick and mortar relationships.

We thought you’d like to know: The Holiday Shipping Deadlines for each carrier. Print off the calendar found in this link for easy reference!

ShipStation released its shipping cutoff dates for the holiday season.  This infographic includes shipping dates from the top three U.S. shipping carriers, UPS, FedEx and USPS.  ShipStation began collecting ship-by dates and sharing them as far back as 2012.

“ShipStation’s holiday shipping infographic is one of our most popular pieces of shipping tips content and I’m not surprised,” says ShipStation’s Vice President of Marketing, Robert Gilbreath. “Each year our goal is to lessen the stress on our ecommerce merchants during the business holiday shipping season, by providing clear ship-by dates as early as possible.”

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