On November 18th, 2016 UPS implemented their latest general rate increase. On January 2nd, 2017 FedEx issued their latest installment of their rate hikes. Since both of these companies basically control the market share of this $100,000,000,000 U.S. parcel space, these cost jumps are effecting just about every company who ships anything in this country.
I feel the need to apologize for my industry's apparent obsession with lack of transparency. Call it maturity (it's not that trust me), but the older I get the less patience I have for shams and shell games - something I can't stand about the logistics and transportation space I've worked in for nearly 20-years. One flaming hot example of this is the general rate increases (GRIs) the less-than-carriers announce every ten or so months.