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UDS Will be At Home Delivery World 2017!

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United Delivery Service is excited to be once again participating at Home Delivery World 2017. Home Delivery World is a 2 day event being held from  March 14th-15th  in Atlanta.

UDS will be in attendance (Booth #212) 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

 

Key topics at the conference will include:

  • The state of home delivery – a benchmark analysis of leading retailers
  • Rebuilding brick & mortar – keeping up with Omnichannel demand from consumers
  • Supply chain excellence – empowering the consumer through a strong message and a streamlined operation
  • Building a sustainable logistics network
  • Delivering the warehouse club to your door – technological and operations processes that helps to transform the industry 

Home Delivery World USA is the only event to bring together retailers to learn about innovations across home delivery, click & collect, and ecommerce. While there are many retail conferences in the US, this event uniquely covers the entire delivery cycle, from warehousing to customer doorstep, gathering perspectives from big box retailers to innovative subscription service companies, and best in class carriers, 3PL, fulfilment and other delivery solution providers.

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

 

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Combat The 5 Biggest Time Wasters in the Workplace!

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The majority of workers spend an average of eight hours every single working day sitting at their desks, so it’s hardly surprising that sometimes we don’t have the motivation to work. It’s only natural, right? But momentary blips of concentration aren’t the only ways we waste precious time at work. What takes up the most time of our working day? You might be surprised. Here are five of the biggest time wasters we all face at work (some more than others), and also provided advice on how to tackle those distractions.

Time Waster #1: Emails

Emailing has become the number one form of communication at the workplace, as it’s convenient and a great way to keep an electronic record of your correspondences. But, a LOT of the working day is spent fielding constant email, which can cause us to lose up to 10 IQ points (the same as missing an entire night’s sleep). What’s more, a lot of these emails are internal. A study by Halton Housing Trust found that out of 95,000 emails sent, 75,000 were internal.

Solution: If there’s something that needs to be discussed, opt for a phone or face-to-face conversation instead. It can mean the difference between an hour of work and a two-day back and forth email discussion.

Time Waster #2: Meetings

Forty-two percent of employees feel that work meetings take away from their productivity and are basically a huge waste of time. Meetings are a necessary evil. You need to keep your team on the same page. You need regular updates on what’s happening in each of your projects. But too often, meetings get drawn out, stealing away valuable minutes in your day.

Solution: The next time you’re invited to a meeting, have a discussion about the agenda with the meeting host and ask why they think you should attend. Then set up a system where other executives go in your place and brief you on what you need to know later. It will save you time.

Time Waster #3: Social Media

It’s tempting. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn – they’re all so easily accessible to you while you’re on your computer during the day. Yet the moment you land on one of these websites, you’ve stolen away valuable minutes from your day.

Test yourself to see how much time you’re wasting on social media. Set a timer each time you head over to one of these websites. You might surprise yourself.

Solution: To avoid wasting excessive time on social media, set a time limit for each day. Promise yourself that you’ll only spend one hour a day on social media for work and personal tasks. When that hour is up, close the windows and stop your snooping until the next day.

Time Waster #4: Motivation (or rather, a lack of)

When asked to choose the main reason why employees waste time at work, 11 percent said it was due to a lack of incentive, 10 percent said they were unsatisfied in their jobs, and 9 percent claimed boredom. Your job can easily become mundane and repetitive, and it can be difficult to muster up the appropriate level of enthusiasm from time to time.

Solution: Set personal goals. Nothing is more demotivating than working without an incentive. If you feel like you’re not getting paid enough, work towards getting a promotion within the next six months. If you don’t like what you’re doing, figure out where you want to be and how you’re going to get there. With clear goals, you’ll find yourself working more productively.

 

Time Waster #5: Disorganization

Your boss asks you for a copy of that important file, but you can’t find the hard copy through the huge pile of scattered papers on your desk, and your online document organization is just as bad. Being disorganized is one of the most common causes for slowing you down at work and wasting time. In addition, you’re more likely to forget something or miss that important deadline.

Solution: Declutter your workstation. Invest in a desk organizer and folders (a must if you’re constantly submerged with paper hard copies), and be sure to put everything in its proper place before you leave each night.

Don’t let your workday get away from you by wasting time on tasks that can easily be outsourced to another vendor or to an app. Make your life easier by organizing your workday. You’ll be amazed at how much time you save.

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Building a Better Relationship in Business!

Business relationships can take many forms. As an entrepreneur or small business owner, you obviouslSetWidth700-Sales-Team-Hands-Iny want to create good relationships with your customers or clients. You may also want to connect with other business owners for possible partnerships. If you are seeking funding, you will need to develop relationships with potential investors.

Young (or even older) entrepreneurs can benefit by finding an experienced mentor, another relationship that is necessary to cultivate. The type of people on this list will depend on your current situation and goals. There are, however, certain guidelines that hold true for just about all business relationships.

That’s why people who build extraordinary business relationships:

1. Take the hit.

A customer gets mad. A vendor complains about poor service. A mutual friend feels slighted.

Sometimes, whatever the issue and regardless of who is actually at fault, some people step in and take the hit. They’re willing to accept the criticism or abuse because they know they can handle it–and they know that maybe, just maybe, the other person can’t.

Few acts are more selfless than taking the undeserved hit. And few acts better cement a relationship.

2. Step in without being asked.

It’s easy to help when you’re asked. Most people will.

Very few people offer help before they have been asked, even though most of the time that is when a little help will make the greatest impact.

People who build extraordinary relationships pay close attention so they can tell when others are struggling. Then they offer to help, but not in a general, “Is there something I can do to help you?” way.

Instead they come up with specific ways they can help. That way they can push past the reflexive, “No, I’m okay…” objections. And they can roll up their sleeves and make a difference in another person’s life.

Not because they want to build a better relationship, although that is certainly the result, but simply because they care.

 

3. Answer the question that is not asked.

Where relationships are concerned, face value is usually without value. Often people will ask a different question than the one they really want answered.

A colleague might ask you whether he should teach a class at a local college; what he really wants to talk about is how to take his life in a different direction.

A partner might ask how you felt about the idea he presented during the last board meeting; what he really wants to talk about is his diminished role in the running of the company.

An employee might ask how you built a successful business; instead of kissing up he might be looking for some advice–and encouragement–to help him follow his own dreams.

Behind many simple questions is often a larger question that goes unasked. People who build great relationships think about what lies underneath so they can answer that question, too.

4. Know when to dial it back.

Outgoing and charismatic people are usually a lot of fun… until they aren’t. When a major challenge pops up or a situation gets stressful, still, some people can’t stop “expressing their individuality.” (Admit it: You know at least one person so in love with his personality he can never dial it back.)

People who build great relationships know when to have fun and when to be serious, when to be over the top and when to be invisible, and when to take charge and when to follow.

Great relationships are multifaceted and therefore require multifaceted people willing to adapt to the situation–and to the people in that situation.

5. Prove they think of others.

People who build great relationships don’t just think about other people. They act on those thoughts.

One easy way is to give unexpected praise. Everyone loves unexpected praise–it’s like getting flowers not because it’s Valentine’s Day, but “just because.” Praise helps others feel better about themselves and lets them know you’re thinking about them (which, if you think about it, is flattering in itself.)

Take a little time every day to do something nice for someone you know, not because you’re expected to but simply because you can. When you do, your relationships improve dramatically.

6. Realize when they have acted poorly.

Most people apologize when their actions or words are called into question.

Very few people apologize before they are asked to–or even before anyone notices they should.

Responsibility is a key building block of a great relationship. People who take the blame, who say they are sorry and explain why they are sorry, who don’t try to push any of the blame back on the other person–those are people everyone wants in their lives, because they instantly turn a mistake into a bump in the road rather than a permanent roadblock.

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United Delivery Service at Parcel Forum 2014!

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This year marks the 12th annual PARCEL Forum conference with over 500 parcel shipping, logistics and distribution / warehousing professionals expected to be in attendance. The conference features seven tracks covering the entire small-shipment supply chain with over 100 exhibiting companies promoting their services aimed at helping expedite the movement of parcel-sized packages throughout the supply chain and to their final destinations.

In today’s transportation landscape, technology is a vital factor in determining whether a delivery company can meet their customer’s needs. UDS offers a complete chain of custody and visibility through the use of technology. We capture data each step as packages move through our network. Using the most advanced courier technologies, UDS provides real-time tracking and a suite of online tools, monitors and reports to get the answers you want and the results you need. With over 40 years of industry experience, the choice to design our own proprietary software was clear. The ability to quickly integrate to various systems and respond to the diverse needs of our customers was a necessity. The use of proprietary software has allowed UDS to easily adapt to the specific needs of our clients and the growing technological needs of the industry.

The upcoming holiday peak season is one topic sure to be on the minds of many in attendance at this year’s conference. Show attendees should stop by Booth 433 to learn more about our Same Day Routed Delivery Service as well as how UDS utilizes emerging technologies to help lower your costs.  For more information please visit http://www.uniteddeliveryservice.com

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