Integrated Logistics is the small package industry’s leading provider of Financial Management Tools for the Logistics and Supply Chain Professional.
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What Integrated Logistics can do for you

We use our state of the art web based technology to provide the necessary technical tools, data analysis, and consulting expertise our clients require. We align ourselves as true partners with our customers, collectively driven to reducing expense, improving financial management and providing mission-critical business information.

With a combined team of logistics and IT professionals who share extensive expertise in the industry, we enable you to go to the next level in managing your costs, vendors, contracts, and operations. Integrated Logistics is a versatile component of your business process management, capable of interfacing with any system and eager to take your business to the next level.

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  • June 2013 (Recertified)
    Integrated Logistics is very proud to be SSAE 16 Certified and Sarbanes-Oxley Compliant.

    With a SSAE 16 certified operation, we are able to provide credible proof to our customers, both domestic and abroad, that their critical data is secure and managed within the strict guidelines of the certification.
  • June 2013
    ANNOUNCEMENT: Integrated Logistics introduces new Claims Processing program to its customers.

    With the new Integrated Logistics Claims Processing Program, customers now possess the confidence of having their cost recovered for lost and damaged packages.
  • Small package vs LTL Freight

    A common dilemma for small businesses is deciding the appropriate shipping mode to use for their important shipments. Shipping mode choices include LTL freight, small package, ground, air, ocean, rail, intermodal, and others. When deciding whether to use a small package or LTL freight carrier, for example, shippers must take into consideration the weight and characteristics of the shipment, including delivery urgency. The old “150-pound” rule is not an absolute guideline anymore, but obviously the weight of the shipment must be a major consideration in choosing a shipping mode.

    Shipment Characteristics The size, weight, and shape of the materials you are shipping can also impact your decision making. Are your boxes big and bulky, small and compact, unitized or loose? LTL often is a preferable choice when the shipment’s boxes are oddly shaped, as in furniture. LTL is also the way to go when your shipment is palletized, as small package carriers only handle individual boxes. Being less automated than the small package shippers, the LTL carrier will often use forklifts instead of conveyor belts. Strange as it may seem, moving odd-shaped boxes and pallets with a forklift produces fewer damages than moving them on a conveyor belt with thousands of other packages. The shape of the carton may cause it to fall off the belt or at least be tumbled around a good deal. Also, when you ship multiple loose boxes, the chances of losing one or two them are greater than had you shipped them together on a pallet.

    Shipment Destination Another area to consider is the receiving facilities for the shipment. Is there a dock? Does the shipment need to be delivered to the tenth floor of a building with no freight elevator? Is inside delivery even necessary? LTL freight carriers will generally be better delivering dock-to-dock and business-to-business, while small package carriers are better able to handle inside and residential deliveries.

    Service Needs Service must also be taken into account. If your shipment must travel 2,000 miles and be delivered the next-day, you’re going to have to consider an air express service (unless it’s Friday, in which case some ground carriers can use the weekend to get your shipment across the country). Generally, if you don’t need your shipment delivered within one or two days, LTL freight is going to be less expensive than small package carriers who have more urgent delivery capabilities built into their systems – particularly as your shipment weight increases. LTL freight may also be a good option for shipments moving less than 500 miles, because you can often get next-day delivery on those distances.

    Pricing and Fees Of course, the primary consideration is quite often price. Most of you are painfully aware of the charges small package carriers assess for services such as rural delivery, address correction and Saturday delivery. LTL carriers have similar charges as well, especially for inside delivery or delivery to a recipient who has no loading dock. Carriers in both industries continue to charge fuel surcharges, which also have a material effect on your shipping price. On a percentage basis, LTL carriers generally charge higher fuel surcharges (about double that of small package carriers) but, in the end, it’s the total price you need to look at, since LTL is often less expense on the “line haul” portion of the invoice.

    Loss and Damage Concerns The risk of loss or damage to your precious shipment is always a concern, regardless of what type of carrier you use. Small package carriers have a higher loss and damage ratio than LTL carriers, but neither is altogether immune to the issue. LTL carriers provide the advantage of providing significantly more liability coverage (PartnerShip ensures you are covered for an industry-best $25 per pound)) than small package carriers (which are often capped at $100 per package). So a small package carrier will have only $300 worth of liability on that 3 package, 300 pound shipment; whereas, an LTL carrier would provide liability coverage of $750. That’s more than double the protection of the small package carrier.

    Making the Decision Sometimes the best course of action is to seek help from transportation professionals (like those at PartnerShip) to help you make the right decision. There is no set formula for the best service-price ratio, but as a general rule of thumb, shipments over 200 pounds that don’t require urgent delivery are best handled by LTL carriers. Shipments less than 200 pounds, those that can't be placed on a pallet, or those that require urgent delivery over longer distances, are often best handled by small package carriers.

  • Online Shopping Boosts FedEx Holiday Volume

    FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) expects to see its busiest day in company history when it moves more than 22 million shipments around the world on Cyber Monday, December 2, 2013. The 11 percent year-over-year increase will be driven by online retailers feeding the FedEx Ground® and FedEx SmartPost® networks.

    During the busiest week of the year, December 1 – 7, FedEx expects more than 85 million shipments to move through its global networks. This is a 13 percent increase compared to last year’s busiest week. In addition to e-commerce, retail inventory such as personal consumer electronics, apparel and luxury goods will drive this increase in FedEx holiday volumes.

    “Our workforce of more than 300,000 team members worldwide is ready to deliver the holidays once again this year,” said Frederick W. Smith, chairman, president and CEO of FedEx Corp. “FedEx’s vast global network coupled with our broad suite of shipping solutions enable us to meet our customers’ every need during this busy time of the year.”

    E-commerce is thriving globally at three to four times the rate of traditional retail buying in brick and mortar stores. FedEx is responding to this continued boom in online purchasing with several new tools and solutions, such as:

    FedEx One RateSM, a U.S.-based flat rate shipping option that combines simplified, predictable pricing with the same reliable delivery and excellent service customers expect from FedEx. FedEx Delivery ManagerSM, a service which allows U.S. package recipients to customize home deliveries to fit their schedule. FedEx expects to increase its workforce with tens of thousands of seasonal positions to help handle the surge in holiday shipments. The impact of the expected higher volumes was included in the company’s earnings guidance issued in September.

    The Holiday Retail Outlook According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), holiday sales are expected to grow 3.9 percent to $602 billion. This is higher than the average increase of 3.3 percent over the last 10 years.

    Online holiday sales are expected to increase 15.1 percent year-over-year to $61.8 billion, according to eMarketer.

    Enabling E-Commerce – FedEx SmartPost FedEx SmartPost is designed for online retailers and cataloguers who ship high volumes of low-weight shipments to residential customers. FedEx SmartPost has an integrated national network that picks up, sorts and delivers packages directly to the U.S. Postal Service facilities for final delivery to residences. The affordable rate structure of FedEx SmartPost enables retailers to offer discounted or free shipping for the holidays and beyond. The service continues to grow in line with e-commerce trends. As reported in first quarter earnings ended August 31, FedEx SmartPost average daily volume increased 26 percent primarily due to growth in e-commerce.

    In the Fast Lane – FedEx Ground FedEx Ground is faster to more locations than UPS Ground. FedEx Ground also continues to improve its small package pickup and delivery network to provide faster delivery times and innovative shipping solutions for customers during the holidays and beyond. These network enhancements have accelerated FedEx Ground delivery by one day in more than half of the United States.

    FedEx Volume Over the Years FedEx has experienced steady growth in holiday volumes over the years. A breakdown of the busiest days since 2007 follows:

    Dec. 17, 2007 – 11.5 million shipments
    Dec. 15, 2008 – 12 million shipments
    Dec. 14, 2009 – 14.2 million shipments
    Dec. 13, 2010 – 15.6 million shipments
    Dec. 12, 2011 –17.2 million shipments
    Dec. 17, 2012 –19.9 million shipments

  • 12 Crucial Holdouts in the UPS Labor Battle

    Wall Street may be ignoring the continuing labor negotiations between the United Parcel Service (NYSE: UPS ) and the Teamsters, but investors should keep a very close eye on these negotiations as they unfold. There remain 12 supplemental contracts still to be voted on, and if they can't come to an agreement, the national contract will not go into effect. Further, if these contracts don't pass after a third vote, it could lead to a strike in those specific locations.

    The key area Investors need to watch is the union representing Local 89, the UPS Worldport location in Louisville, Ky. -- the largest automated packaging facility in the world. It has voted overwhelmingly against the contract in previous votes, and its local air supplement contract for the Worldport package hub is still outstanding for renegotiation and a second vote. Due to the importance of Worldport in UPS' daily operations, it gives Local 89 significant bargaining power.

    In the video below, Motley Fool analyst Blake Bos updates investors on the latest round of voting and what implications future voting could have for the company at large. Investors in Fed Ex (NYSE: FDX ) should pay particular attention to these events, as any service disruptions at UPS would be great news for FedEx.

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