Delivery Service, tradeshows

UDS To Exhibit at World Home Delivery 2018!

 

UDS_Home-Delivery-World-2018.jpgHome Delivery World is where big box and mid-size retailers, etailers, brands, grocers, and their solution providers gather to showcase services and stay abreast of the trends in retail. You can choose between visiting the free expo and on-floor seminars as a visitor, or registering to attend the full VIP conference. Home Delivery World started out as a small conference with the goal of helping retailers get their products to their consumers. eCommerce, however, is an industry exploding with growth and now so is our once-modest conference.

This is the only event to bring together retailers to learn about innovations across home delivery. Home Delivery World Conference 2018 will be held at the AmericasMart Center, Atlanta, GA on April 18-19, 2018.

The team at United Delivery Service will be attending the show please stop by BOOTH #316 and learn more about how UDS provides expertise that can deliver competitive advantages for your company through proprietary software technology.

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Delivery Service

Your First Choice in Last Mile Delivery!

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The last mile can make or break the retail experience for many consumers. Thus, it’s critical for merchants entering the e-commerce arena to select the optimal B-to-C delivery partner.

What factors point to a good carrier? First and foremost, the carrier must understand your customers. The need for such understanding extends to every market in which you do business because no two markets – or consumer groups – are precisely the same. Also, the carrier must offer competitive pricing, an excellent customer experience and convenient delivery options that respond to customer needs.

Selecting a Partner
When looking at a one-stop parcel service, it’s important to evaluate the company’s image and whether it possesses a specialized B-to-C network. Of course, its coverage in terms of regions is a key factor, too.

Convenience
The best delivery partner for purposes of customer convenience will offer alternate delivery options to assure successful and convenient deliveries. For example, a courier might deliver to a home, safe place, neighbor or office. Likewise, a courier may offer a parcel shop that’s located on the customer’s way to work, has extended operating hours or is co-located at a shopping facility.

Our United Delivery Service programs  have been designed and developed over many years to cater to a wide range of shipping needs. Should the occasion arise, our software and services are flexible enough to respond and adapt quickly to meet any customer’s needs.  Call Customer Service: 630-930-5201

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Business Tips, Delivery Service

Spring Clean the Office for Increased Productivity!

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It’s officially spring!

Whether you’re already soaking up the sun on a park bench or still digging your home out from recent winter weather, warmer temperatures are around the corner— it’s time to lighten things up in your workspace. Here’s how.

Clearing clutter is a common practice for businesses and individuals alike. After tax time, it’s great to pack up your receipts and projects from the past year and focus on what’s new. It’s also the best time to clean your office, get rid of the old equipment you don’t need and upgrade the new equipment that you do.

1. Physically Clean Your Office: Following cold and flu season, a clean office can reduce the risk of continually spreading germs throughout the office. Although sick employees should be encouraged to clean their work stations when returning to work, a thorough de-germing will help keep your workforce healthy and organized.

2. Give electronics some TLC: Your computer and other devices are your loyal servants and come in contact with all sorts of dirt every day. Take time to show them some love when you’re spring-cleaning. They’ll be more pleasant to use and will likely work better and live longer. Start with a can of compressed air and clean dust and crumbs from the keyboard, and then wipe down the keys, mouse, and housing with a damp cloth. A cotton swab dipped in alcohol or vinegar is great for getting into crevices. Do the same for you printer, phones, tablet, etc. For cleaning LCD screens, use a product designed especially for that use.

3. Clear The Memory: It’s important to clean the cloud periodically to maximize your memory usage. While spring cleaning the office, take the time to monitor what’s currently in the cloud and delete documents that are no longer relevant.

4. Clean Up Your Hard Drive: When hard drives get full, it can hamper the performance of your computer. If your company’s computers are older, make sure you regularly run scans to compress and optimize files on the hard drive. By doing so, you can enhance the computer’s performance.

5. Recycle Old Reports: If you’ve got a ton of old paper reports lying around, disassemble them and consider reusing them. Single-sided pages can be used to print non-essential documents, including drafts and notes. Everything else can be recycled, clearing up shelf space for more recent documents.

6. Organize: For the files that you’ve chosen to keep on the cloud, organize them in a method that is easy for any employee to follow. Make sure that every one of your documents is in a logical folder and easily accessible.

7. Disinfect Your Phone: It is a well-known fact that phones can quickly become disgusting. One way to prevent this is to keep anti-bacterial microfiber cloths that are specifically made for phones with you. If you don’t have them, mix a 40/60 alcohol/water solution into a spray bottle, and spray a phone-safe cloth to wipe your phone free of germs.

 

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Are You Thinking of Switching to a Regional Carrier?

Are you weighing the benefits of using a regional carrier to handle your small packages but are unsure about making the change?  Now more than ever regional carriers offer a choice that’s economical, reliable, flexible and personalized. Optimizing your package shipping can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be when you trust a regional provider. Did you know accessorial fees often make up 1/3 of all costs of the national carriers?Boxes_Stacked_Isolated

By transitioning a percentage of volume to regional carriers you may be able to eliminate fees common to other guys such as Saturday delivery, additional handling service, residential delivery fees, delivery area surcharges, and large package surcharges. UDS leverages their network of regional based partnerships to reduce shipping costs and lower accessorial charges through client collaboration.

When it comes to delivering a personalized service, regional carriers offer mare than customers may expect.  UDS understands their customers’ needs and are focused on providing quick response times that offer a seamless and integrated experience. Because regional shippers can offer lower rates, flexible services and fewer surcharges, they can help you remain competitive and cost-effective without the trade-off in quality of service.

The biggest challenge in shifting to regional carriers is making a flexible, cost-effective transition without removing the transparency or volume that would negatively affect your overall cost structure.  Carefully analyzing your current shipping profile will play a critical role in the transition and management of Regional Carriers as part of your overall strategy.

There are many factors that you currently have in place that could determine whether or not regional carriers are the right choice for you and your customers.  In addition to comparing regionals vs. nationals, be sure to compare regionals vs. regionals; there may be service or cost factors that could make a carrier more valuable to you.  The good news is that all the initial “dirty work” to make the determination could yield significant both short and long-term operational and financial benefits for your company. When considering a regional carrier look to United Delivery Service to offer you exceptional customer service  and save you money! http://www.uniteddeliveryservice.com Contact Us at 630.930.5201

 

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Delivery Service, tradeshows

UDS to Exhibit at RILA 2018!

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United Delivery Service Chicago’s leading regional small parcel carrier will be exhibiting at RILA,  Feb 26 -28 in Phoenix. Stop by BOOTH #235 to learn more about the company and how they are helping some of the largest retailers improve their delivery experience.

The Retail Supply Chain Conference offers the best-in-class educational program addressing the topics that matter most to retailers. With more than 35+ interactive sessions and 6 breakout tracks, no other conference provides you with more powerful insights, extensive networking and in-depth content.

UDS will be in attendance (Booth #235) to identify new ways to improve customer retention through fulfilment, delivery and reverse logistics programs. UDS has developed successful delivery solutions for various key industries, finding  solutions that will work right for your company.

UDS offers options ranging from overnight delivery to customized routing solutions.

  • Real-time package tracking and reporting
  • 24/7/365 Customer Support Personnel
  • Electronic signature capture, GPS, VPOD, VPOA
  • Same Day, Next Day, Scheduled / Static Route solutions
  • Transportation service solutions throughout the Midwest

Contact us at http://www.uniteddeliveryservice.com or 630-930-5201.

 

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Business Tips

A Positive Attitude at Work can be the Key to your Success

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Maintaining a positive attitude at work will benefit your career and steer you towards a promotion.  However, maintaining a positive attitude on a daily basis in the workplace is harder than you may think. Work is stressful and challenging, and most professionals face deadlines and obstacles on a weekly (if not daily) basis. This is not an environment that fosters a positive attitude – you really have to work at it.

Here are some tips for maintaining a positive attitude at work:

1) Be a Good Communicator

Communication is at the heart of almost everything we do, both in our professional and personal lives. An ability to communicate successfully can drastically impact how well we work with others, how quickly projects are completed and the overall quality of work-product. The better communicator you are, the more likely you’ll avoid misunderstandings, which often lead to frustration, confusion and even anger.

One good way to improve communication is through project management tools. When collaborating with team members at work, it’s especially important to keep the lines of communication open.

2) Minimize Stress

Stress can be a killer, both literally and figuratively. Reducing stress while in the office is necessary if you hope to have a positive attitude from nine-to-five. There are many things you can do to keep your stress levels down at work; take breaks, create a calming office environment and slowing down are just a few examples.

3) Work Well With Others

Getting along with those you work with is key to a happy work place! Office politics, competitiveness, and differences in personality can make it difficult to get along colleagues. However, making a concerted effort to keep the peace will make everyone happy. Here are some recommendations for ways to stay relaxed and positive with colleagues.

4) Don’t Over Do It

Work burnout will destroy any potential for a positive attitude at work. A work/life balance is imperative to a happy life at the office. Remember, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy! Keep in mind, work burnout can sneak up on you. Before you know it you’re dreading going to work, your mood suffers, and eventually your performances suffers. Therefore, it’s important to consciously work on maintaining your work/life balance, before things get out of hand.

5) Pay Attention to Your Mood

It’s not possible to be happy all the time. However, you do have the ability to control your mood if you’re aware of it. If something at the office frustrates you, take note and do what you can to improve your mood. In addition, take necessary steps to avoid whatever it was that put you in this frustrated mood. And, pay attention to what gets your positive juices flowing. When you know what puts you in a positive place you know what to do to improve your mood.

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Business Tips for 2018

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The best way to succeed in business is going beyond ordinary, exploring new horizons, taking constant risks and having a strong foundation. There is a time for planning and a time for achieving. 2018 can be the year when you can rectify all your previous mistakes take your business to a new height.  Here are some basic tips for you to follow and not fall in the pit of loses in the new year!

Set Sales Goals

When you don’t have a set goal, it’s hard to read between the lines, i.e. setting an annual and monthly sales goal is an important aspect. Sit with your whole team in the very beginning of the year and plan a layout, including sales target and how to achieve it. If you have a concrete plan and a set number, you will be determined to reach that

Don’t be afraid to make big mistakes

The best things that happen in a business most often happen on the heels of failure. Don’t be afraid to fail; it’s proof that you are meant to be a successful entrepreneur. The only difference between people who are hugely successful and those who aren’t is the time it takes them to get back up after being knocked down.

Little companies always move faster

The big guy may have the corner on money but the little guy usually has the corner on creativity. Take some time to sit down and figure out how your big rival is promoting their brand and plan something smarter and more creative for yours.

Choose only really good people

Make sure you pick good people to build your business with, as they’ll determine 80% of your success. The best people are honest and have lots of enthusiasm. Don’t worry too much about their level of experience when you’re interviewing, as the right attitude always delivers much more than just experience.

Focus on what’s already working for you and do more of it

When you look for ways to expand your business, the real pot of gold is usually the same stuff that’s already proven successful. So, before you move on to the next exciting project or a new strategy, slow down. Do a lot more of what’s already working and then do the new stuff.

Never stop networking

Never stop pushing, never stop networking. Keep looking for business or providing the best service. It’s hard to always believe, but as a self-employed person, you simply have no choice. Never stop.

Stop putting it off

Procrastination is the enemy of success. The time you waste on stalling breeds guilt, and guilt deflates energy and sometimes even leads to depression. When you feel stuck and can’t seem to move ahead, always remember that you don’t have to get it right, you must just get it going.

Be decisive

Don’t wait for everything to be perfect. Instead of seeking the impossible, efficient decision makers tend to leap without all the answers and trust that they’ll be able to build their wings on the way down.

Make sure you know what not to do

Everyone should have their own ‘Not to Do’ list. I sit down regularly and make a list of all the things I have spent time on that have amounted to nothing. It’s smart to post your ‘Not to Do’ list where you’re bound to see it so you’re reminded to do more productive things that give a better return on the time you spend at work.

Don’t do it alone

You need a support system when building a business. There are organisations such as the NSBC who can help with advice and inspiration, as well as quality networking opportunities. When you’re starting a business, experienced guidance is the best support system of all.

Be different

Challenge the status quo, get out of your comfort zone, do things differently and stretch your abilities. Stretching your abilities will make you great.

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