Latest News and Updates from Varsity Logistics

UPS to Flatten the Curve (of Deliveries)

5/11/21 5:19 PM / by Varsity Logistics posted in Varsity Logistics, Shipping Software, TMS, IBM, ecommerce, trends, parcel shipping, UPS

Supply Chain Dive reports that UPS will be adding weekend capacity, with up to 90% of US residential customers covered by October. This is intended to reduce "some of the lumpiness in the network in the middle of the week," according to Carol Tomé, UPS CEO, on the company's earnings call on Tuesday, May 11, 2021.

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UPS Earnings are Up. Are You Getting Your Best Rates?

2/9/21 1:45 PM / by Varsity Logistics posted in Varsity Logistics, Shipping Software, Industry News, parcel shipping, UPS

UPS released its earnings report for the fourth quarter of 2020 last week. No surprise to anyone it was higher than 2019, as demand for delivery services exploded exponentially with COVID. “Our financial performance…exceeded our expectations,” said UPS CEO Carol Tomé, thanking “all UPSers for their extraordinary efforts to deliver industry-leading service through the holidays.”

In the US, UPS revenues increased 17.4%, aided by growth from small and medium-sized businesses and abetted by the company’s use of surcharges.

We can expect to see

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Ship FedEx? Varsity is FedEx Compatible

1/15/21 4:23 PM / by Varsity Logistics posted in Varsity Logistics, Shipping Software

If your company ships a lot of packages a day (from the low 100s to the mid 1000s), saving a little money here and there can really add up. 

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IBM i users: Free EXPO pass to POWERUp, 9/14-17

9/9/20 5:50 PM / by Varsity Logistics posted in Varsity Logistics, events, IBM software

Technology folks at companies on the IBM i platform (including its earlier variations... we're looking at you AS/400 users) will gather next week for the 50th anniversary PowerUp meeting hosted by  This annual IRL event was postponed from April in Georgia to August in Florida and is now 100% virtual from Sept. 14-17, 2020.

Bookmarked by morning stretch yoga sessions and evening 

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Customer-Directed Charitable Contributions: The Results Are In!

8/10/20 4:30 PM / by Varsity Logistics posted in Varsity Logistics, Charity, Give Back, Customer Info, COVID-19, COVID

Varsity Logistics customers have spoken. After completing our annual survey, customers were given the opportunity to select a not-for-profit charity. Varsity is making a donation to each of the five charities selected by our customers.

The choices offered included the two most popular charities from

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Maintain Employee Distance, Ship Faster w/ Automated Package Weighing

5/14/20 11:51 AM / by Varsity Logistics posted in Logistics Software, 3PL, Varsity Logistics, Shipping Software, Warehouse Software, TMS, data entry, Money Saving, tips, Safety, RF, COVID-19, parcel shipping, COVID

Our thoughts go out to all the busy warehouses and distribution centers. Most of these essential businesses are going strong, but they all need to keep their essential workers equally strong and healthy. 

Physical distancing within the warehouse can be tricky, which is one reason companies like this automated way to get actual package weights for shipping without having to physically walk over to the scale. SpeedWeigh™

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More Moving Parcels = More Costly Errors. Here's How You Can Save $$

4/13/20 6:49 AM / by Varsity Logistics posted in Varsity Logistics, Supply Chain, TMS, choosing software, Customer Info, Money Saving, tips, trends, Auditing, COVID-19, parcel shipping

Shipping has become the new normal. Everything from soap to socks, from pedometers to pet food are being delivered to COVID-19-imposed, quarantined consumers around the world. Companies are breaking open cases to deliver smaller quantities or enlisting 3PLs to do the piece-picking for them. The result is a huge increase in the number of parcels moving through the supply chain to residential addresses.

Yet, the increase in parcel shipping to residences means there are more errors on more invoices. More errors on invoices means you may be paying more than you should for shipping. What you can you? In this blog post,

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Links to Carrier Updates and Service Alerts During COVID-19

3/25/20 1:37 PM / by Varsity Logistics posted in Trucking and Transportation, Varsity Logistics, Customer Info, Partner, Industry News, COVID-19

As the COVID-19 virus spreads throughout the world, the shipping industry continues to play a vital role in distributing medical supplies, food, and daily necessities worldwide.

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Delivery Strained Amid COVID-19

3/19/20 1:37 PM / by Varsity Logistics posted in Trucking and Transportation, Supply Chain, Industry News, trends, Safety, Amazon

  • Amazon deliveries are overwhelmed amid the COVID-19 outbreak
  • The company announces it is hiring for 100,000 new positions
  • You can still order a swimsuit
  • Truckers told to keep their distance

Same-day, even two-day delivery not guaranteed Prime Now and Amazon Fresh are straining under the recent demand for delivery services. With entire cities being ordered to shelter in place, few consumers are venturing out to brick and mortar stores during the health crisis. Nor should they.

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Want to Save on Shipping? Ask These 7 Questions First

2/25/20 4:58 PM / by Varsity Logistics posted in Varsity Logistics, Shipping Software, Supply Chain, TMS, choosing software, Money Saving, tips

Rising transportation costs, capacity challenges, and ever-changing customer demands for faster and free deliveries make shipping one of the most critical and costly areas of the supply chain. It's no wonder companies are turning to software solutions to help reduce shipping costs. 

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