Partner with Spend Management Experts to Optimize your Supply Chain.

Spend Management Experts provides strategic guidance, cost modeling technology and deep market intelligence to help companies optimize their transportation, distribution and fulfillment spend.

With costs rising due to an increasingly fast-paced business environment, even the most sophisticated supply chain operations are overpaying in an effort to gain a competitive edge. Providers are raising the stakes with a myriad of rate increases, policy changes and complex billing systems that lack transparency.

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We help large shippers optimize spend across the supply chain by reducing transportation, distribution and fulfillment costs by 20% or more.

The benefits are undeniable – reduced distribution and fulfillment costs, increased operational efficiencies, dynamic reporting, greater budgeting and forecasting accuracy and optimized supply chain planning and execution.

Spend Management Experts is only paid on real and measurable savings and only after our clients begin to realize those savings. Consequently, SME fees can be 100% self-funded.

Our Solutions

We effectively manage transportation spend across all modes

Strategic Sourcing

We provide a complete evaluation of existing carrier contracts, terms and pricing as well as alternative sourcing solutions. From there, we are able to develop a savings forecast and strategy.

Supply Chain Strategy

Our Strategic Supply Chain Planning services provide companies with a complete view of their spending environment, enabling them to maximize efficiency and minimize waste.

Business Intelligence

We ensure carriers comply with their contract terms and agreements. We’ll help generate hard-dollar savings by identifying and claiming 100 percent of entitled funds.

Spend Assessment

Our value proposition is based on a
pay-for-performance fee model for
qualified clients.

SME uses proprietary cost modeling technology and deep market knowledge to provide a high-level assessment of your spend without any obligation to engage.

Think you have a handle on carrier rate increases?

The paradigm is shifting and you are likely incurring hidden charges that you are not aware of and could not identify easily. Rates and surcharges increase throughout the year, making it difficult to plan and budget for shipping. Take a minute to click through our timeline of carrier price increases. You may be surprised by what you find.

 

 

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    April 2, 2020

    Amazon prioritizes the supply of key medical supplies to only hospitals and government organizations and has eliminated its standard referral fees through June 30, 2020.

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    April 1, 2020

    Waives two weeks of inventory storage fees for products stored in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Poland, and the Czech Republic.

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    March 31, 2020

    A temporary surcharge on all FedEx Express and TNT international parcel and freight shipments beginning April 6. Surcharge range from $0.11 to $1.00 per kilo depending on the origin and destination.

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    March 26, 2020

    Waives the April 15 long-term storage fees for inventory stored in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Poland, and the Czech Republic.

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    March 25, 2020

    Temporarily prioritizes household staples, medical supplies, and other high-demand products coming into fulfillment centers through April 5. For products other than these, Amazon has temporarily disabled shipment creation.

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    March 24, 2020

    Effective March 24, UPS Service Guarantee is suspended for all U.S. origin shipments (U.S. Domestic and International) at any service level.

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    March 23, 2020

    Suspends money-back guarantee for all FedEx Express, FedEx Ground, FedEx Freight and FedEx Office service effective immediately until further notice.

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    March 22, 2020

    Temporary peak surcharge will apply to UPS Worldwide Express, UPS Worldwide Express Freight and UPS Expedited shipments originating from China Mainland and Hong Kong SAR to North America and Europe Regions from April 5, 2020, until further notice.

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    March 19, 2020

    Due to COVID-19, FedEx will not require customers to physically sign for most deliveries with the exception of deliveries with adult signature required.

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    February 22, 2020

    Effective March 2, 2020, new minimum and maximum fuel base ranges will be added for U.S. Ground and  Air, Import, and Export services. This will result in higher minimum and maximum surcharges.

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    February 21, 2020

    Effective March 2, 2020, all UPS® Freight published fuel surcharges will increase by 0.5 points.

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    February 20, 2020

    Effective March 2, 2020, UPS Freight general rates will increase by 5.4%. The increase applies to non-contractual LTL shipments rated on the current UPS® Freight 525, 560 and 570 tariffs. Rates based on the current UPS® Freight 571 tariff for Mexico will not change.

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    February 14, 2020

    Temporary surcharge for FedEx International Priority® Freight and FedEx International Economy® Freight from the U.S. to China. According to FedEx, the surcharge is to help make the necessary network adjustments to handle the demand for freight capacity into China due to supply chain disruption in China.

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    January 26, 2020

    Rate increases for both Mailing and Shipping Services at USPS go into effect today. Services price increases vary by product.

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    January 16, 2020

    As announced last November, FedEx rate hike of 4.9% goes into effect today.

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    December 29, 2019

    UPS rate increases of 4.9% go into effect today.

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    November 20, 2019

    UPS announces rates for its Ground, UPS Air and International services will increase an average net 4.9%. But, also surprised the market with the introduction of several totally new surcharges.

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    October 9, 2019

    USPS filed 2020 rates with PRC for approval. If approved, rates will be effective on January 26, 2020. Mailing Services product prices will increase by about 1.9%. Shipping Services price increases vary by product.

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    September 16, 2019

    FedEx announces Peak Season Surcharges for Unauthorized and Oversize ground packages Oct 21 – Jan 5 and for Additional Handling from Nov 18 – Jan 5

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    September 15, 2019

    FedEx announces 2020 average rate increase of 4.9% effective Jan 20, 2020

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    September 1, 2019

    UPS introduces UPS Flat Rate Shipping. Pricing options based on package size.

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    August 16, 2019

    UPS announced Peak Surcharges for Additional Handling, Large Package and Over Maximum beginning Oct 1 through Jan 4 for Large Package and Over Maximum and Nov 24 through Jan 4 for Additional Handling.

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    August 14, 2019

    The International Air-Import Fuel Surcharge will increase 1.0% for all thresholds.

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    May 20, 2019

    UPS’ International Air-Export Fuel Surcharge will increase by 0.5% for all thresholds.

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    February 18, 2019

    UPS Freight announces general rate increase of 5.9%

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    January 7, 2019

    FedEx’s average 4.9% rate increase for Ground and Home Delivery in effect. Rate increases for SmartPost and other surcharges also announced. In addition, FedEx Freight annual increase of 5.9% becomes effective on this date as well.

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    December 26, 2018

    Average 4.9% rate increase; fuel surcharges applied to Additional Handling, Over Maximum Limits, Signature Required and Adult Signature Required accessorials; Processing fee of $2.00 per package charged when Package Level Detail is not provided to UPS prior to delivery all goes into effect for UPS customers.

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    November 18, 2018

    Peak Surcharges on Large, oversize and Additional Handling from both FedEx and UPS. UPS also assesses an additional surcharge on Residential Packages.

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    October 22, 2018

    UPS decreases the threshold for the Audit Fee to $200.

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    October 1, 2018

    UPS implements Peak Surcharge through December. Ground Fuel Surcharge increases as well as Domestic Air Fuel Surcharge.

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    September 10, 2018

    FedEx revises its fuel surcharge table and breaks out International Air Export.

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    June 11, 2018

    UPS adjusts Ground Fuel Surcharge by 0.50% for all thresholds.

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    June 4, 2018

    UPS increases Overmaxium and Oversize Pallet Handling Surcharge. Also introduces Audit Fee.

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    April 2, 2018

    UPS introduces separate surcharges for Domestic Air and International Air Export shipments.

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    March 26, 2018

    UPS announces LTL rate increase on non-contractual less-than-truckload shipments.

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    January 22, 2018

    FedEx implements Third Party Billing Surcharge and the SmartPost Dimensional Weighing.

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    April 3, 2020

    UPS’s Large Package Surcharge increases to $90. The Additional Handling Surcharge for packages over 70 lbs increased to $19.00.

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