Shipping gets Real

Following on the heels of pickers and pawn brokers, A&E’s Shipping Wars premieres on Tuesday, January 10, 10/9C. This real-life series follows six independent shippers who have discovered that fortunes can be made transporting items that traditional carriers won’t touch. Dive into the cutthroat world of these heavy-duty movers as they battle for the chance to transport the unshippable.

Be sure to follow these shippers off-screen on Twitter!


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Customer #1

During the holiday shipping season we often hear from NRGship customers who are being featured on television or on lists for must-have products. So I started to think about a blog posting listing our rock-star customers and their products but decided to highlight our first customer, Cliff Stoll from Acme Klein Bottles. Cliff is a TED-talker and may be best known as the guy who brought down a KGB hacker in the 80’s. He’s been shipping Klein Bottles with NRGship since 2004 and still uses one of the first versions:

The UPS shipper just keeps right on workin’ … nary a hiccup.  Solid software that has worked everyday since 2004.  Across Filemaker upgrades, through UPS revisions, across operating system changes.  WELL DONE!

 During the holidays, I may ship 30 to 50 packages in a day.  NRGSoft lets me do this through a simple Filemaker interface … transparently printing out a UPS shipping label from my customer’s name & address. Reliable, invisible, problem free.  This is the way software should behave!

For seven plus years, your software has allowed me to keep a lean, customized back-office database, a system that has made thousands of happy mathematicians.

While we wish all of our customers could be featured in the media during the holidays, they are all rock-stars in their own way.

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UPS Releases 2012 Rate Updates

Effective January 2, 2012, the following UPS rate increases will apply:

  • UPS Ground services will increase a net 4.9% through a combination of a 5.9% increase in rates and a 1 percentage point reduction in the UPS Ground fuel surcharge.
  • UPS Air and International services will increase a net 4.9% through a combination of a 6.9% increase in rates and a 2 percentage point reduction in the UPS Air and International services fuel surcharge. Rates for UPS Next Day Air® remain up to 4% lower than our largest U.S. private competitor for similar services.
  • UPS Next Day Air® Freight and UPS 2nd Day Air® Freight rates for shipments within and between the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico will increase 5.9%. UPS 3 Day Freight® rates will remain unchanged.
More information on rates, as well as changes to accessorial rates and customs brokerage fees is available at

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NRGship for UPS – Now available on the Mac App Store

App store

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Take note of 2011 holiday shipping deadlines

Take note of the domestic ship-by dates for UPS, FedEx and USPS for delivery by Saturday, December 24.

ups logoDecember 15-22–UPS Ground®* (varies by destination)
December 20–UPS 3 Day Select®*
December 22–UPS 2nd Day Air®* (if labeled for Saturday delivery)
December 23–UPS Next Day Air®* (if labeled for Saturday delivery)

FedExDecember 16–FedEx Ground®
December 19–FedEx Home Delivery®
December 21–FedEx 2Day®
December 22–FedEx Standard Overnight®

USPSDecember 15–Parcel Post
December 20–First Class Mail
December 21–Priority Mail
December 22–Express Mail

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