PartnerShip recently wrote a case study on one of our association partners. The case study took a look at how we were able to help the association attract and retain members in a competitive and price-sensitive industry.
Established in 1952, this association is the preeminent not-for-profit business association to foster trade, commerce and interest in the $86 billion food industry. The association is an international organization composed of more than 3,000 member companies including domestic and foreign manufacturers, importers, distributors, brokers, retailers, restaurateurs, caterers and other food businesses.
Retaining existing and attracting new members is a challenge for any association today. Association leaders must identify and provide solutions to address members’ actual, real-life, “they-do-this-for-a-living” needs. Shipping services are an example of something that most members can use as a competitive advantage and to improve their bottom line.
PartnerShip created, and manages today, a full service shipping program that gives association members access to significant savings on small package, LTL freight, and trade show shipments. These savings, and the PartnerShip customer service team, are designed to provide a low-cost, hassle-free shipping experience for all members.
Overall, the shipping program has saved its members over $600,000 to date on shipping expenses, and members enrolled in and using this program are each saving an average of $1,200 annually. With association annual dues for a "Buyer-Retailer Network Membership" at $300, these program savings more than cover the membership cost - which is a powerful tool for an association at membership renewal time.
PartnerShip was also named the official trade show shipping provider for the association’s bi-yearly trade shows. The program helped exhibitors save 30% or more on hundreds of exhibit shipments moving to or from their show in the summer of 2013.
Click the left button below to download a PDF version of this case study, or click the right button below to start building a shipping program for your association today.
One of the biggest issues that keep exhibitors awake at night during the winter months is a trade show shipment that is delayed due to weather. If you plan on exhibiting at any upcoming trade shows, here are a few quick tips to keep in mind:
- Build in one or two extra days for shipping, especially for cross-country shipping or shipping into cities that historically are affected by weather.
- Work with a proactive shipping partner (like PartnerShip) that tracks your exhibit shipment EVERY day, and when issues arise, will work with you to come up with acceptable alternatives.
- Always have a "Plan B". Most carriers will not honor delivery guarantees to trade shows when delays are caused by weather conditions. So it is important that you have contingency plans in place if your primary exhibit shipment is unexpectedly delayed (e.g., a secondary booth, experienced personnel who can expedite replacement materials, etc.).
PartnerShip has nearly 25 years of experience both as an exhibitor and as a shipper of exhibit materials. We stand ready to help exhibitors with our knowledge and know-how during this busy time of the year for trade shows, expos, and conferences. In fact, earlier this year PartnerShip helped nearly 300 exhibitors overcome nasty weather so they could hae a successful CAMEX 2013 show in Kansas City, Missouri. Two crippling snow storms crashed over the Midwest affecting exhibit transportation during show move-in and move-out. Check out the video below to hear what these exhibitors had to say about working with PartnerShip to overcome the weather and still have a successful show.
Got questions? Give our Tradeshow team a call at 800-599-2902 option 3; or click the button below to request a free, no-obligation rate quote on your next exhibit shipment.
Online retailers know how important it is to streamline the shopping experience for their customers. They constantly strive to have a well designed website, a well managed inventory, and a simplified shipping process. That's why FedEx offers online retailers a way to improve their ecommerce space with the FedEx Web Integration Wizard.
The FedEx Web Integration Wizard is a great tool for online retailers that don’t have a dedicated developer, or for anyone looking for a simple way to integrate FedEx functionality to their website. Once this functionality is incorporated into your website, your customers can compare FedEx shipping rates and transit times, create shipping labels, and track the status of their shipments - helping to create a more engaging website and improve overall customer satisfaction.
How to get started:
Create or locate a page on your site where shipment information will be featured, such as an order status page for tracking.
Open the FedEx Web Integration Wizard.
Enter your FedEx account information and set up a merchant account profile.
Select which services you would like to appear on your website (shipping, tracking, rating, or returns).
Answer a few questions about your shipping characteristics.
Select a design to match your website needs.
Click ‘Get Code’ to automatically generate HTML code based on your input.
Copy and paste the HTML code into your website files where you would like the shipment information to appear.
For more information on installing and using the FedEx Web Integration Wizard, you can also watch this helpful demo.
The best part of this FedEx integration is that it can help you save money. Through a PartnerShip-managed shipping program, you receive significant discounts on select FedEx services. 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. Also, if you click the button below, we can provide you with a free, no-obligation shipping analysis to determine how much we can help you save on your small package shipping.
PartnerShip LLC has been selected for the 2013 Excellence Award amongst all its peers and competitors by the Small Business Institute for Excellence in Commerce (SBIEC). PartnerShip is a freight management company based in Cleveland, Ohio and is a leading shipping solutions provider to small businesses nationwide.
Each year the SBIEC conducts business surveys and industry research to identify companies that have achieved demonstrable success in their local business environment and industry category. They are recognized as having enhanced the commitment and contribution of small businesses through service to their customers and community. Small businesses of this caliber enhance the consumer driven stature that is renowned for.
PartnerShip has consistently demonstrated a high regard for upholding business ethics and company values which is a trait seldom found in its industry. It has more than 20 years of experience developing and managing LTL freight, small package, tradeshow, and specialized shipping programs and services for over 100 association groups and thousands of customers nationwide. Founded in 1989 as subsidiary of the National Association of College Stores, today it has offices in Cleveland, OH, and Irvine, CA.
As part of the industry research and business surveys, various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the selected companies in each category. This research is part of an exhaustive process that encapsulates a year long immersion in the business climate of the transportation and logistics industry. This recognition by SBIEC marks a significant achievement for PartnerShip as an emerging leader within the transportation and logistics industry.
With Thanksgiving upon us, and the rest of the holidays not far behind, we want to make sure you have the holiday schedule for PartnerShip and all of our core carriers.
If you have any questions or special shipping needs this holiday season, please call us at 800-599-2902 or send an email to sales@PartnerShip.com.
From everyone here at PartnerShip - have a wonderful Thanksgiving and thank you for being our customer!
Businesses are gearing up for the inevitable increase in traffic that comes with the busy holiday season. Luckily for shoppers, they no longer have to face long lines and crowded parking lots to get their shopping done during this busy time – they can choose to do it all online.
In the past several years, Cyber Monday has been catching up to Black Friday in popularity, offering consumers an alternative way to get the best deals while crossing names off their “nice list.” Online retailers have undoubtedly already begun preparing for Cyber Monday by ramping up marketing efforts and making sure their websites can handle the increased traffic.
If you’re one of the businesses gearing up for Cyber Monday and the rest of the holiday season, it’s important to not forget the basics of optimizing the online shopping experience for your customers. Shipping is a very important component of the online sale process and a key part to your ecommerce success. Here are some shipping best practices to keep in mind:
- Be transparent. Include shipping costs on the product page, instead of hiding them behind a login page, and give extended information on what the customer can expect from each shipping option.
- Consider a free shipping strategy. You could provide free shipping at a minimum order price, offer free or reduced shipping to your best customers, or offer it for a limited time. For more ideas, check out How to Effectively Offer Free Shipping.
- Keep your customers in the loop. Arguably one of the biggest downfalls of online shopping is the waiting game, so let your customers know their order is in good hands. Email them a receipt confirmation of their order once they place it, notify them when it has shipped, and most importantly provide them with the tracking number.
- Make returns easy. There is an increased element of risk when shopping online. Consumers often worry What if it doesn’t fit? or What if it doesn’t work like I thought it would?. Give your customers the reassurance they need by presenting them with a simple and hassle-free return policy. Better yet, make that policy clear early on in the sale process to ease their nerves and ultimately help secure the sale.
- Reduce your overall shipping costs. Work with your shipping partners or 3PL (like PartnerShip) to ensure you are saving as much as possible on your shipping. You can pass on any savings you garner to your customers or use it to re-invest in your business.
Implementing these basic best practices for shipping will provide you with a good foundation for the success of your online sales during this holiday season and beyond. PartnerShip can help you in all facets of your shipping and logistics – not only outbound to your customers, but also inbound from your suppliers. For a free shipping analysis click the button below.
PartnerShip would like to remind everyone that today is the Great American Smokeout Day. The goal of this special day is quite obvious: to get people to quit smoking, resulting in fewer health problems, and less cancer and emphysema deaths resulting from smoking and secondary smoke.
Quitting smoking is not an easy task. Often (usually), it takes repeated efforts. That's okay, as long as you keep trying until you finally succeed. The health benefits, and the prospect of a longer life are crystal clear.
The American Cancer Society encourages all smokers to give up the "butt" today. Join millions of other Americans today and take a big step to a happier, healthier, longer life.
The health benefits of quitting start immediately from the moment of smoking cessation. Quitting while you are younger will reduce your health risks more, but quitting at any age can give back years of life that would be lost by continuing to smoke. Here are some facts from the cancer.org website:
Once again, PartnerShip is supporting Small Business Saturday by encouraging shoppers to buy products and services from small businesses. Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses across the country. Founded by American Express in 2010, this day is celebrated every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This year, Small Business Saturday is on November 30th - just 10 days from today!
PartnerShip LLC, is itself a small business (<100 employees) and we actively support thousands of other small businesses across North America with discounted shipping services and unique, value-added shipping solutions. As such, we're glad to support this annual event which is promoted by American Express, and also supported by FedEx - one of our key alliance partners - and countless other organizations.
Visit the www.shopsmall.com website to "find out where to shop" in your area. You'll find a great tool to search for local merchants in your community that you can help support with your loyalty over the holiday shopping season.
Also, if you'd like to shop small and save big on your shipping, then you should talk to PartnerShip. Click here to request more information about our services, or simply contact us over the phone, through email, or via live chat.
Sometimes you just don't know what you don't know. This is especially true when it comes to LTL (less-than-truckload) freight rates. Because there are so many variables that go into your bottom-line LTL freight pricing - such as commodity classification, base rate schedules, discounts, accessorial fees, etc. - it's difficult to really understand if you're getting the best rate when you call your carrier or 3PL for that freight quote. As shown in the example below, sometimes the "highest discount" doesn't always mean the "lowest price."
For this reason, PartnerShip began offering a no-obligation FREE freight analysis service a few years ago to help small businesses sort through their current freight rates to ensure they aren't leaving money on the table. Best of all, our free freight analysis comes with no-obligation - if you already have the best market rates, we'll let you know so that you can continue to enjoy them.
If you're wondering how your current freight rates compare, before (or after) you ask for that next quote from your existing carrier or 3PL, consider having PartnerShip provide you with a free freight analysis to make sure you are getting the best deal possible. All you need to do is click the button below and complete a short form and then our experts will go to work for you!
PartnerShip is a leading shipping solutions provider to small businesses nationwide!
As the endorsed shipping provider for the National Shoe Retailers Association (NSRA), PartnerShip is exhibiting and attending the 2013 NSRA Annual Leadership Conference in Boston, Massachusetts this week. Yesterday, PartnerShip employees Brian Ferancy and Harry Centa, had the opportunity to volunteer at a Soles4Souls event providing shoes to Boston’s less privileged.
Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization advances its anti-poverty mission by collecting new and used shoes and clothes from individuals, schools, faith-based institutions, civic organizations and corporate partners, then distributing those shoes and clothes both via direct donations to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.
This week's event, which was held at the Pine Street Inn in downtown Boston, provided approximately 200 pairs of shoes to people who needed them! We are very proud that PartnerShip employees were able to help out with such a worthy cause!
Here are some pictures from the event that were posted to the PartnerShip Flickr page ...