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E-Commerce Expansion Fuels Robust Returns with National Returns Day Expected to Hit New Record

In December, more than 1 million returns occurred each day before Christmas, and today's National Returns Day, 1.4 million returns are expected, a fifth consecutive annual record, up 8% from prior year.

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When it comes to United States-based consumer preferences as they relate to home delivery shopping, one thing is clear: consumers want deliveries reaching their destination faster than they have in the past, and they view free shipping as a major benefit along with other shipping options, too. Those are some of the takeaways from the recently-released “Home-Delivery Shopping Survey” issued this week by global consulting firm AlixPartners

The most recent example of global e-commerce powerhouse Amazon expanding its logistics portfolio was highlighted in a Wall Street Journal report published today. According to the report, Amazon is taking steps to introduce a delivery service for businesses, entitled “Shipping with Amazon” (SWA), that would position it as a direct competitor with the parcel duopoly of UPS and FedEx.

In December, more than 1 million returns occurred each day before Christmas, and today's National Returns Day, 1.4 million returns are expected, a fifth consecutive annual record, up 8% from prior year.

Bridging the gap between the order management and warehouse management systems can maximize routes, deliveries, and customers’ experience.

A recently released survey by Convey, an Austin, Texas-based provider of cloud-based technology that helps shippers connect disparate data and processes from parcel to freight and first to last mile, highlighted the many delivery-related pain points consumers deal with, especially around the holidays, as well as their delivery and service expectations.

ShipStation, an Austin Texas, based provider of Web-based e-commerce shipping services, recently announced it has rolled out a new offering, entitled the ShipStation Fulfillment Program, which it said provides parcel shippers with vetted options for outsourcing parcel fulfillment.

Parcel sortation systems provider acquires leading controls systems integrator and specialist in engineering, design, and assembly of control panels.

Walmart is marrying the power of the Walmart App with its brick-and-mortar retail stores and hoping to slash returns from what used to take roughly 5 minutes to 30 seconds.

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.

Kevin V. Cox, former Agile Network CEO, helms new transportation management execution company, which shipped more than two billion parcels with 5,000 carriers in 2016.

The facility, which is expected to be completed in late 2018, will be comprised of more than 1,100,000 square-feet on more than 110 acres and will create even more network efficiency and flexibility to manage business and consumer-directed package growth for the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

Through this effort, UPS said it has increased operating capacity while not making additional investments in buildings, vehicles, or trucks, with the company noting that it will create more than 6,000 new jobs when it is fully implemented.

It’s time to understand your parcel characteristics as well as how the carriers will view your business. If you can position yourself—and partners—to be a shipper that parcel carriers can serve profitably, you will be rewarded with better discounts and have stronger negotiating leverage.

After announcing rate increases for various service offerings in early September, global transportation and logistics bellwether UPS recently announced additional pricing hikes on its website late last week.