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A couple weeks back, a friend of mine used UPS and UPS offered him a great price for the first shipment. To get a taste of the UPS pricing model, I called the UPS local shop here in Tokyo and asked for an appointment with a sales manager. After a little Q and A session, a sales manager and a sales assistant came to my office a week later (they had refused to visit me about 18 months back). They offered me to beat the fedex prices by a good margin, keeping in view what they saw in our warehouse.
At the moment, I dont care about the pricing I get from UPS. What I care most about is the service level at the destination country. As a customer, online buyer or as a businessman, do you prefer fedex over UPS or do you prefer UPS over Fedex. Which company has a better image?
Personally, I prefer Fedex and I have better image of Fedex in my head than UPS, though I could be wrong.
Any input and opinions would be very much appreciated.
FedEx was always much cheaper, maybe UPS about twice as much. But FedEx came broken every time, losing maybe 2-3 items per case of ten. The box always looked like hell, like it went through a hurricane.
With UPS the box came looking OK, and those items were never broken. It was delivered with a smile, rather then the disgruntled FedEx guys.
I view UPS air as better for international and air shipments. And, the opposite it true for domestic, I view FedEx ground as better then UPS ground for domestic in terms of both safety and image. I don't really have a lot of evidence as to why except prior experience.
I suppose you could claim damages with FedEx, but it was just not worth the hassle for me or the shipper. UPS.
I know it may cause some extra work on your end but this is will give you the ability to test each carrier and give you some valuable leverage in establishing a good shipping rate.
2 shipping accounts is something I think all shippers should have anyway just so that if one carrier happens to go down such as worker strikes or an act of god you can flip over call the other carrier to begin a daily pickup and continue to ship your goods.
Having 2 shipping account is like have a Disaster Recovery plan for your websites.
Ringing up for a delivery quote, a price was given. When the invoice is received the price is three times higher than originally quoted. Phone calls are made to seek clarification. The invoice is incorrect; we've made a mistake, they say. She's told that someone will ring her back. We're going on holidays, my partner says - back in two weeks. No problem, says they. We'll ring you on your return.
Back from hols and FedEx say, sorry, you've left it too late to query the invoice now. Should have got in touch sooner! Hold on, says my partner, I rang before hols; you said a mistake was made and you were going to ring me back to sort it out. No idea what you're talking about, says FedEx. Pay up or else.
Two days later and my partner gets a letter from debt collectors - not just for the outstanding amount, but for the entire account, with recovery costs, of course.
Needless to say, her account is now elsewhere.
I used to know a guy and his wife who built custom items. They would always "go on holiday" for weeks at a time, just leave everything, too bad for the customers and too bad for us. We would just have to make excuses until they returned, or we got wishy washy email responses.
Then when they returned they made us all listen to stories about their vacation. While we had them on the line it was OK to then bring up the multiple complaints and chargebacks resulting from their irresponsible vacating of their responsibilities, in a polite way once removed from the complainer, of course.
There is no such thing as "going on holiday". You can go on breaks, but never on holiday.
Depends on what part of the world you come from. Using the Queen's English, we don't go on 'vacation', and typically have 'breaks' when stopping for tea or going on a weekend getaway.
Your point, sir, and its relevancy to the topic at hand?