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Improved Freight Discount Program- Save Thousands

The Freight Discount Program is RIA’s flagship member benefit – it’s free to all members and will save your business thousands of dollars per year, paying off your membership investment many times over.

Save Thousands Annually with Discounted Shipping

To access program savings, members need to enroll with Parcel Management Group, RIA’s partner, which will design a customized, comprehensive freight management program for each company.

Members receive customer support as needed and assistance with any shipping or logistical questions and issues. Parcel Management Group will act as a dependable resource for your domestic and international shipping needs.

UPS Discount Program

Discounts are applied to every outbound and inbound package billed to a company’s UPS account. Companies already set up with a UPS account can keep their account numbers and representatives. After enrolling in RIA’s Freight Discount Program and connecting the program to your UPS account, all shipping communication and billing can be handled directly through UPS, only with a much better price!

All RIA members can expect to achieve an average of 35% savings each year. Small retailers that typically spend $15,000 on shipping annually will see a total estimated savings of $2,250 through the program. Medium retailers spending $45,000 annually will see an estimated savings of $10,345, and large retailers spending $182,000 annually will see an estimated savings of $15,500!

LTL (Less than Truckload) Services

For freight over 250 pounds, Parcel Management Group gets quotes from a pool of 30-plus national and regional LTL carriers plus UPS. RIA members can choose the best quote with the best rates and discounts, and Parcel Management Group will supply instructions to help arrange for the shipments.

This service is most cost effective for larger shipments but members should be aware that transit times may be longer than UPS ground service, and the member’s staff may need to help with unloading or loading trucks. All these details will be shared before signing freight contracts, so each company can make the best decision for their situation.

NEW: FedEx Discount Program

More information coming soon!

Refund Recovery Audit Service

All UPS and FedEx account holders are guaranteed specific transit times for their freight, and are eligible for refunds for the full cost of shipping when shipments arrive late. Historical delivery performance data shows that UPS fails to deliver on time about 5% of the time, so Parcel Management Group helps file claims to get members up to 5% in savings. If a claim does not generate a refund, members are not charged for the filing of the claim. There are no contracts and no commitments.

To get started with RIA’s Freight Discount Program:

1. Go to https://runningindustry.org/discount-freight-enrollment.

2. If you do not have a UPS online billing account yet, you will need to open one online through UPS.

3. Parcel Management Group will request member information such as vendor lists and store locations, then audit your shipping needs, and set up the discount program.

4. The process including connecting the discounts to the UPS account can take up to four weeks. While processing, Parcel Management Group will send member-approved routing guidelines to your top 25 vendors so they can arrange shipping that garners the program discounts.

Published on | Steve Miskulin | News & Updates

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