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Shippers Experiencing Holiday Delivery Challenges

It's the busiest time of the year for package delivery companies and officials say that there are some major concerns for customers expecting shipments before the holidays including scams and delays from all major carriers.

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It's the busiest time of the year for package delivery companies and officials say that there are some major concerns for customers expecting shipments before the holidays including scams and delays from all major carriers. (December 12, 2017)

A new delivery service offering from Amazon, entitled Seller Flex, that received a lot of attention when various reports were published about it in early October could prove to be a major competitive advantage for the e-commerce bellwether in terms of how it negotiates rates with the parcel duopoly of FedEx and UPS, coupled with being able to pull data from warehouses to examine delivery times, performance standards, and costs for a transaction. That is the thesis from James Thomson, a former Amazon executive and now a partner for Buy Box Experts, an Amazon consultancy firm, and author of the book, “The Amazon Marketplace Dilemma.” (December 07, 2017)

UPS, in collaboration with the City of Fort Lauderdale, has officially launched an eBike at a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Saturday, December 2, at Laura Ward Riverwalk Plaza, 420 S.E. 6th Avenue, this electrically-assisted tricycle will be used to deliver packages along Las Olas Boulevard and in the surrounding neighborhood. (December 07, 2017)

The Road to Sustainable Urban Logistics presents the findings of qualitative research, along with an online survey conducted by GreenBiz in June 2017 among a sample of respondents within the GreenBiz Intelligence Panel. (December 06, 2017)

UPS has announced it has acquired Sandler & Travis Trade Advisory Services, the world’s largest independent provider of global trade management services, the acquisition bolsters trade and customs related information services infrastructure and complements UPS customs brokerage and Trade Management Services including Foreign Trade Zone services. (December 05, 2017)

In another sign of the increasing relevance of blockchain technology on freight transportation and logistics, UPS said today it has become a member of the Blockchain in Trucking Alliance, which is a forum for the development of blockchain technology standards and education for the freight sector. (November 07, 2017)

UPS sees the need to create industry standards and protocols to enable blockchain platforms to operate together with established technologies. (November 07, 2017)

Last week’s UPS third quarter earnings call was as busy as it gets in many ways. Not only did the transportation and logistics bellwether talk about its quarterly results, which were very strong to be sure, it also talked about its planned 2018 rate increases, a recent acquisition, and, not to be overlooked, its Peak Season preparation. (November 03, 2017)

Big Brown said that effective December 24, 2017, rates for UPS Ground, UPS Air and international services, and UPS Air Freight rates within and between the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico will head up by an average net of 4.9%. (October 26, 2017)

Third quarter earnings results issued today by Atlanta-based UPS were solid despite challenges posed during the quarter as a result of multiple hurricanes and other natural disasters. Revenue for the quarter was up 7% annually to $15.798 billion, with earnings per share up 1 cent to $1.45, meeting Wall Street expectations. Operating profit, at $2.035 billion, was up slightly over last year’s $2.034 billion. (October 26, 2017)

In early October, UPS said it was in contract talks with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) on new collective bargaining agreements. And yesterday the Teamsters National Negotiating Committee met to set the bargaining agreements to “fight for the contract we deserve.” (October 19, 2017)

UPS and the IBT are currently working on a five-year contract that is set to expire on July 31, 2018. The organizations have has contractual relationships going back to the 1930s. (October 10, 2017)

Donald Broughton, Broughton Capital managing partner, discusses the news that Amazon is testing its own delivery service to rival FedEx and UPS. (October 05, 2017)

Global e-commerce powerhouse Amazon is hard at work on a new delivery service offering that is geared towards making more products available for free two-day delivery while helping to relieve overcrowded warehouses, a Bloomberg report stated today. Citing two people “familiar with the plan,” Bloomberg said that this initiative will drive Amazon more deeply into services typically handled for the Seattle-based company by UPS and FedEx. (October 05, 2017)

Global freight transportation and logistics titan UPS and Polonez Parcel Service, a consumer-to-consumer consolidate shipping service into Poland and other countries, said today that they have teamed up in an agreement that enables United States-based Polonez Parcel Service customers the ability to leverage “an easy parcel drop-off point” through the more than 8,700 UPS Access Points, which includes 5,000 The UPS Store locations. (October 04, 2017)










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