USPS Releases Proposed Peak Season Price Increases
August 23, 2022 at 10:39 am

The U.S. Postal Service is planning on raising parcel rates this holiday season, with some package rates increasing by as much as $6. The rate increase will affect Priority Mail Express, Priority Mail, First-Class Package Service, Parcel Select and USPS Retail Ground from Oct. 2, 2022 through January 22, 2023...

Promotional Product Prices Are Way Up for 2022—Now What?
March 2, 2022 at 11:22 am

Product prices are up across the board for 2022—in some cases greatly so. For some product categories, like tech and outdoor products, prices are still rising. How can distributors protect their margins while keeping customers from leaving for the lowest bidder?...

Reflecting on the Busy Weekend in the Trade War
August 26, 2019 at 2:14 pm

On Friday, China announced further retaliatory tariffs, which prompted the president to "order" U.S. companies out of China. What followed was a weekend of more speculation, incendiary speech and uncertainty for U.S. businesses.

Where Have All the Truckers Gone?
July 19, 2019 at 12:33 pm

Depending on who you ask, there's either a critical shortage of truck drivers or nothing to see here. Where does that leave promo businesses—and what can the industry do to guard against emerging issues and a changing ground-shipping landscape?...

USPS Promotions Back for 2019
January 23, 2019 at 2:23 pm

Although USPS mailing promotions took a break in 2018, they are back for 2019. This year there are five old ones and one new one.

USPS Increases Prices
January 20, 2017 at 2:57 pm

The United States Postal Service announced new postage rates for mailing and shipping products. After previously being only 47 cents since last April, first-class letters in the U.S. will now cost 49 cents again. According to the International Business Times, the decrease last year was the first in 97 years. "Given our precarious financial condition…

Freight Rates Fall to Record Low
March 16, 2016 at 5:50 pm

Average spot freight rates fell to a record low last week—$701 per 40-foot container. According to CNBC, the World Container Index (WCI), which tracks 11 global shipping routes, said that is the lowest reading since the organization started tracking rates five years ago and…

Should You Upgrade to QuickBooks 2016?
March 11, 2016 at 4:02 pm

Question: Is it time to upgrade to QuickBooks Premier 2016? Answer: QuickBooks Premier 2016 was released in November 2015. Every year when software comes out, it takes time for the bugs to get worked out, and Premier 2016 is no exception. It's wise to wait a few months after the initial release to upgrade. My…