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UPS, DHL Announce Rate Hikes for 2014

The “landed” cost of receiving book shipments in the Christian bookstore environment usually includes a freight component, though with mainstream publishers such as Hachette, HarperCollins and Random House, this is not the case. Any freight charge increase basically amounts to a percentage of a percentage, so it’s not a deal breaker when it comes to ordering, but still, costs do add up.

In the article linked below, UPS, the top-ranked parcel delivery service, announced a 4.9% increase on top of a 5.9% increase in May. The article notes a DHL price increase of 3.9% as well. Both companies’ latest increases are effective in the new year.

Shipping costs are a contentious issue in the Christian bookstore market, especially for stores in Western Canada, with the largest suppliers — David C. Cook, Augsburg-Fortress Canada, and Foundation Distributing — being located in Ontario.

Continue reading at Transport Topics.

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