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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. […]

Disruption in Transportation and Delivery C-Suite Webinar

In its latest webinar, C-Suite, a private online community for business executives with VP Level careers and above, hosted our Founder and CEO, John Haber. Entitled, “Disruption in Transportation and Delivery,” the lively webinar covers a range of thought-provoking insights. Leading the discussion with how delivery is transforming, Haber highlights how ‘free’ shipping has become […]

Chinese Express Providers Look to IPOs to Move beyond the Pack

China’s small parcel market is perhaps one of the most fragmented and highly competitive markets in the world. With an estimated 8 million firms, 90% of which are small and/or individually owned, the market is faced with profitability and labor challenges. Among the largest providers of courier and express services, SF Express became the fourth […]

Optimizing the Hospital Supply Chain for Financial Success

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) anticipates overall healthcare spending will comprise 19.9% of the US economy in 2025, up from 17.8 percent in 2015. This is mostly due to the aging baby boomer generation. As debates within the government continue over a proposed revision or repeal of the Affordable Healthcare Act, […]

Poland Gets its Fifth Amazon Fulfillment Center

As Amazon builds out its US fulfillment empire, it is also expanding its reach in Europe. This week, Amazon announced its fifth fulfillment center in Poland. The e-Retailer noted that it will benefit from the country’s low wages and its geographic location. Interestingly enough, Amazon does not have e-commerce operations in Poland. Instead, Poland is […]

The Logistics of Flowers

According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), US consumers are expected to spend about $18.2 billion this Valentine’s Day. That includes $2 billion on flowers and $1.7 billion on candy alone, according to estimates. Behind the scenes, preparation for the special day is a busy one for logistics providers. UPS alone transports more than 3,000 […]

Is US-Cuba Trade on the Horizon?

Cuba remains a political hot button despite attempts to normalize relations between it and the US. In 2015, President Obama signed an executive order to ease travel and trade restrictions against Cuba. However, progress on the commercial front has lagged despite the U.S. Chamber of Commerce-backed U.S.-Cuba Business Council, which represents over two dozen major […]

Chasing Profitable Volumes

The good news for UPS is that volume increased 16% globally in the fourth quarter; the bad news for UPS is also that volume increased 16%. The explosion in e-commerce seems to be a double-edged sword for the carrier and stocks were down 3.09% at time of publication. Either way, the company enjoyed a 5.5% […]

Last Mile Delivery by Robot, Drone or Human?

The last mile has undergone many changes over the years. From the location of delivery to the time in transit, the last mile has become a competitive differentiator for many retailers. But could who or what delivers the package also be a competitive differentiator? Starship Technologies seems to think so. Founded in 2014 by Skype […]

Rising Imports Bodes Well Across All Transport Modes

2016 ended on a high note for US imports with US-bound seaborne shipments increasing 8.9% year-over-year in December, according to research firm Panjiva. The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach were among the beneficiaries of the import increases, up 7.8% and 11.8% respectively. In addition, it looks like the positive trend will continue into […]

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