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———  POSTAL ———

USPS has filed a CPI Rate Increase – Effective January 27, 2019

The Postal Service has filed a CPI based rate increase for Market Dominant products. It is based on August CPI of 2.419% plus a small amount of banked authority. The filing also included six promotions.  Click here to read more about these six promotions.

 

The Dark Side of Peak Shopping Season: the Returns!

While shoppers are getting ready for the holiday season, retailers are also ramping up to sell, sell, sell.

The National Retail Federation (NRF) forecasts holiday sales may spike to $720.9 billion in 2018, an up to 4.8% increase from last year. Retailers and logistics providers alike are preparing for an onslaught of hires.

But e-commerce companies might not be spending enough time or investing enough money on the dark side of peak shopping season: the returns.

 


———  CATALOGS ———

How Catalog Marketers Can Proactively Cut Delivery Costs

Catalogs are a critical part of many brands’ marketing mix, and are a channel well worth the investment. Roughly 60 percent of catalog costs come from the postage and distribution, though, and there are ways to reduce those costs.  Read more on how to reduce catalog delivery costs.

 

Why print catalogs are still important in the age of Amazon

Furniture and home goods retailer Wayfair has been online-only since it was established 13 years ago. It has prided itself on its tech-first approach, investing in augmented reality tech to craft an immersive experience that rivals a designer’s visit to the home.

According to Wayfair the catalog offers an incredible opportunity to deliver a rich, tactile shopping experience to their customers.  Read on…

 


———  LOGISTICS ———

Weekly freight barometers stabilizing

After setting one record high after another in the early weeks of 2018, the weekly DAT Dry Van and Reefer Barometers have pulled back (as small trucking companies began to learn how to use ELDs and added capacity back into the marketplace and as demand is seasonally softened in July and August), but are still in a strong growth range. Meanwhile the weekly DAT Flatbed Barometer set one new record high after another through June, and has only begun to pull back in the last three weeks. All three modes of truckload freight are reflecting an environment in which demand exceeds capacity by a wide margin.  Click here to read more.