Returns – A $260 Billion Problem*

Usually a whole slew of articles focused on returns are published around the holiday season. In fact, UPS designates a “National Returns Day” the first week of the New Year. This year, the day fell on January 5 with an anticipated 1.3 million returns in which UPS expected to handle for that day alone. Despite […]

2017 Georgia Logistics Summit Wrap-up

The 2017 Georgia Logistics Summit wrapped up this week and once again proved a success. Sessions were focused on the hot topics of today including supply chain talent, the global economy and technology. SME was in the thick of planning the conference as our CEO, John Haber, was part of the Summit Executive Committee that […]

Who Will Deliver Your Package in 20 Years?

Last mile costs are pricey. McKinsey estimates these costs can account from 30% to sometimes over 50% of total costs of delivering a package. Additionally, last mile delivery costs often run higher for residential deliveries versus to business, hence the introduction of alternative delivery points. While last mile delivery points have expanded, who, or what, […]

Mergers and Acquisitions in Europe’s Small Parcel Market

Estimated at almost $200 billion, the global small parcel market is undergoing massive changes. New technology, new services, rising competition and renewed activity around mergers and acquisitions are all redefining the small parcel market. Perhaps nowhere else has competition been fiercer than the European market. The European small parcel market represents an estimated 26% of […]

Cross-Border Figures Prominently in Business Strategies

Preliminary results of our Global Small Parcel Survey suggest that cross-border is playing an important role in business strategies. A recent DHL report indicates that cross-border will grow 25% per year through 2020, about twice the rate of the domestic market. DHL also found that e-commerce merchants are seeing revenue gains of 10% to 15% […]

Why Wait for that Parcel? The Growing Number of Alternative Delivery Locations

Not at home in time to pick up that package? No problem, there are a growing number of alternative delivery location options that consumers can take advantage of instead of sitting around waiting for their package to arrive. For carriers including FedEx, UPS and USPS, these alternative delivery points help to reduce the number of […]

Faster and Closer to the Customer – The 2nd Annual Global Small Parcel Report

Estimated at $190.8 billion, the global small parcel market continues to undergo vast changes. Small parcel carriers are investing heavily in sorting facilities and networks to speed final mile delivery while Amazon is taking on more of its logistics and final mile tasks. Meanwhile mergers & acquisitions continue at a steady clip to expand carriers’ […]

Rerouting Deliveries after an Interstate Collapse

A fire under a major interstate resulted in a collapse of a portion of the road leaving commuters and trucking companies scrambling for alternative routes through Atlanta. The effects of this catastrophe will be felt for quite some time as crews begin repair work. An average of 240,000 vehicles travel this route every day, of […]

Staying Alive in the Retail Industry

“Our historical operating results indicate substantial doubt exists related to the company’s ability to continue as a going concern,” Sears Holdings said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. As a result, this statement sent shockwaves throughout the retail industry as the iconic American retailer admitted it may be nearing the end of […]

Costs Weigh on FedEx Quarterly Results

Impacted by such extraneous items as negative fuel rates, one fewer operating day and TNT integration expenses, FedEx managed to squeeze out an 18.1% increase in revenue to $15 billion. They reported a 19.1% gain in operating income to $1.03 billion. However, its two largest divisions, Express and Ground, noted declines in quarterly operating income. […]

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