“Taxation” without Representation—We’re Putting the Topic of Increasing Carrier Rates on the Table

Benjamin Franklin once said “The only things certain in life are death and taxes.” It’s safe to say that Ben didn’t ship small parcels. If he did, surely he would have added FedEx and UPS annual rate increases to his short list of life’s...


While threats to punish companies that disobey with published rates or by closing the doors on their partnership altogether are generally hollow, they often result in the desired outcome.

In a country of free enterprise, such “taxation” without representation has been known to cause a revolution. It appears that it may take another one in order to level the playing field.

High-level examination of the numbers necessary to arrive at the advertised averages, clarify the true objectives of the general rate increase.

And the explanation is rather, well, certain. It really is all about the Benjamin’s.

Brandon Staton is the National Account Manager for Transportation Impact LLC, which provides clients with competitive small package contracts in the industry.

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