PARCEL FORUM 16 WRAP UP The 2016 PARCEL Forum in Dallas, Texas, was a top-notch place for logistics professionals to come together to improve their small-parcel operations. A huge thank you to everyone who made the event what it was!
“Susan [Rider] does a great job leading the tours. Extremely knowledgeable. I always enjoy the tours arranged by PARCEL Forum, and it is a unique opportunity to have.” — Andra Gibson, Project Manager, Logistics Service Solutions, Carhartt
he 2016 PARCEL Forum, held in Dallas, was a resounding success. Professionals from a multitude of organizations converged on the Gaylord Texan in an attempt to improve their small parcel operations. The Forum is certainly the ideal place for those with this goal, as the conference sessions covered all aspects related to the small package process, from contract negotiation to packaging and material handling topics to management issues. Not to mention, the networking that happened at this show is nothing short of amazing. The chance to discuss hot topics related to the parcel industry with a group of peers is invaluable. And speaking of hot topics, there was almost nothing that was discussed as
much as UPS’s announcement regarding the 2017 GRI, which came a few months earlier than anticipated! Those of us in the logistics industry know to look for that rate increase announcement sometime in November, so the fact that it came out in early September was a surprise to many. Many conversations revolved around wondering if FedEx would follow suit with its announcement. Not surprisingly, the other member of the Big Two did indeed announce its 2017 GRI, shortly after the Forum. What was shocking, however, was the fact that for the first time in many of our memories, the FedEx announcement did not mirror UPS’s. For 2017, FedEx’s published rates, minimum charges, dimensional divisors — not to mention many surcharges — will all differ from
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UPS. While this was of course not known yet at the Forum, I did have discussions with several attendees in which we speculated whether or not FedEx was going to go off on its own, so to speak, in the matter of next year’s GRI. Obviously, several of these folks I chatted with were correct, so I’d like to tip my hat to them… and potentially get their input the next time I buy a lottery ticket. OUR GAMBLE PAID OFF This year, we introduced something completely different with our conference sessions — and it paid off big. For the first time ever, traditional conference tracks were eliminated and new, business-focused learning pods were created. These 18 pods were designed to be an enriched