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Parcel carrier rate increases have been announced. The major small parcel carriers appear to be bracing for reduced volumes and potentially increased costs of doing business. At this point it is unclear how these prices will be impacted by the recent crude oil price decreases. [Update on 11/25/08: There are reports of UPS and FedEx reducing Fuel Surcharges for the holidays.]
As of January 30th, 2009 the small parcel shipping market just got a lot less competitive. Logistics provider DHL plans to exit the ground and air express markets in the U.S. and focus all U.S. resources solely on the international market (import/export) business.
RedRoller.com was an online shipping comparison site. Plug in the address you’re shipping from and shipping to, and Red Roller would present discounted shipping options and allow a small business retailer to buy postage and print shipping labels. Redroller.com has ceased operations and as of this post is going through a chapter 7 bankruptcy. (See financials).
Redroller.com had positioned itself as a shipping 2.0 company. That said, Entrepreneur wrote a nice article on Shipwire being a Shipping 2.0 virtual warehouse company.
If you were a Red Roller user, please note that you can get shipping rate comparisons inside the Shipwire free trial. If you want to compare and print postage Shipwire “Print from my desk” can do that for you as well.
If you are a developer that wants to integrate shipping rates into your shopping cart or build a rate comparison tool please check out our parcel shipping rate web services API and XML toolkits.
We hope this helps.