July 11, 2010
There is a famous Japanese proverb, “None of us are as smart as all of us.”
I work with several dozen CEOs in Manhattan as a chair for Vistage. These are some of the smartest, most successful business executives in the world, and yet I am constantly amazed at what we can accomplish as a peer group working together to help one another. Last week, after the meeting, one CEO who was dealing with a quality issue said he was blown away by the suggestions that he received from his peers on what he should do to resolve the problem. “It all seems obvious now, but I didn’t see it until the group pointed it out to me.” He said afterwards. This is the power of a group of peers that have no other agenda other than helping one another.
In October, at the PARCEL forum in Chicago, we have 8 seats left for the PARCEL Key Management Program. This will be a group of peers in the parcel industry who will be together to help one another tackle their most challenging issues they face in running and growing their operations.
Last year, the collective wisdom of this peer group of experienced parcel and logistics managers came up with 25 actionable ideas for reducing transportation costs. This year we already have the following people on the peer board:
- President of a distribution company
- Manager of global transportation
- Director of logistics
- Director of transportation logistics
- Transportation and logistics sourcing manager
If you are interested in getting help with your challenge and want to be a part of this exclusive peer advisory board, sign up today. My readers can get a VIP pass that will save you on your registration and qualify for $150 rebate on your airfare or $50 rebate if you drive in.
June 12, 2009
Are you frustrated by problems that are plaguing your parcel operation?
Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Get some fresh new ideas. This year’s PARCEL Forum will feature a workshop for parcel executives to think and work together about how they can tackle their most serious issues.
In a trusted and confidential setting, this half-day workshop (up to14) company presidents and key executives in the parcel industry will help each other tackle the most challenging issues they face in running and growing their operations. I will be professionally facilitating this meeting and guide both the content and flow to ensure that every member receives the maximum return on the time they invest. It will entail a candid give-and-take, where trusted peers ask each other tough, in-depth questions that get to the heart of any shipping or operational problem they are facing. As part of this confidential meeting, members receive direct and honest feedback and derive actionable ideas that they want to and are expected to implement.
For more information, please call 212.867.5849.
Special Note: Only 14 seats available and participants must be pre-screened and sign a confidentiality agreement.
March 26, 2008
My first challenge!
- A businesswoman has a preferred UPS account with a 10% discount.
- She ships about 15 packages a week ground.
- Packages are shipped to businesses across the country.
- The majority of her shipments are samples weighing 8 ounces.
- She pays $6.90 to send this to a destination that is in the middle of the country.
Here is what the Shipping Coach suggests:
- Ship it with the US Post Office
- Use the First-Class Mail Package Rate of $2.32
- Buy the extra service, Delivery Confirmation for an additional $.18 (when shipping online)
- Delivery Confirmation allows the capability to obtain delivery information online or by phone.
- Estimated delivery is 3 days
- Total cost is $2.50 today
- Savings is $4.40 or 64%!
On 10 packages a week, that is $44 or almost $100 a month!
Most people think that United States Post Office’s First-Class Mail is only for envelopes, but a little known secret is that you can also use it to send parcels.
Packages need to weigh less than 13 ounces and be at least ¾” thick.
March 25, 2008
I love watching Bobby Flay’s “Throwdown” where he challenges award-winning chefs to an unexpected cook-off. I have decided to challenge you to a “Shipping Throwdown”.
I have found that on 9 out of 10 packages, small businesses are overpaying for shipping their products, AND THEY DON’T EVEN KNOW!
I invite you to give me your shipping choice and challenge me to come up with a better way. Respond to this blog with information about your parcel:
- Zip code you are shipping from
- Zip code you are shipping to
- Residence or business
- Cost that you currently pay
I will use my 30 years of experience to see if I can find a way for you to save on shipping.
I will I think I can beat you. Go ahead, give it a try.
I dare you. 🙂