The Logistics Behind Your Valentine’s Day Gifts

Valentine’s Day is the day you definitely do not want to have anything go wrong with a delivery. According to UPS, Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest delivery days of the year. To accommodate for the additional volume in 2017, for example, UPS added 130 flight segments to handle the surge in deliveries. Ranking […]

FedEx and UPS to Benefit from the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

The US Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is spurring business investments that will not only improve operations but also offer job opportunities. Indeed, FedEx and UPS both announced plans to increase capital expenditure this year thanks to the recent tax cuts. FedEx plans to invest in its people by earmarking over $200 million in increased […]

UPS Grows Revenue and Volumes and Increases Capital Investment

Overall revenue for fourth quarter increased 11.2% to $18.8 billion. Adjusted operating profit increased 3.2% to almost $2.3 billion for the same period. The three major divisions all reported good revenues but for some, operating profit struggled. The US Domestic division reported 8.4% increase in revenue to $11.8 billion. However, operating profit declined 5.5% to […]

What is Dimensional Weight?

Business is good for carriers, so good in fact that there is now a lack of capacity in networks.  It has gotten especially strapped for space as E-Commerce continues to grow.  Ten years ago, consumers were not shipping toilet paper to their homes.  Today, it is a daily occurrence.  Carriers took notice of this trend […]

A Happy 2017 Holiday Season for Retailers – Online and Offline

The US retail industry ended 2017 on a high note with retail sales up 0.4% for December, the fourth consecutive month for such growth and resulting in the strongest year for sales growth since 2014. The good news kept coming for the industry when the National Retail Federation reported that sales in the November-December period […]

Now what do we do with all these returns?  

Drones, pickup lockers, same-day shipping, and dozens more concepts all striving to get you your online purchase friction-less.  eCommerce is winning, brick and mortar is losing, and consumers are better off … maybe.  Now that eCommerce is shipping millions of orders every holiday there is an issue that retailers try to ignore, returns. The National […]

5 Trends Shaping the Small Parcel Market

Now that 2018 is underway, it’s time to not only reflect on the past but also look ahead. It’s no surprise to anyone that the small parcel market is undergoing huge changes thanks mostly to e-commerce. E-commerce is not only changing B2C, but also B2B, and in between each – faster transactions, faster fulfillment time, […]

Optimism on the Rise as FedEx Reports Strong Earnings

An upbeat quarterly earnings report from FedEx for the period ending November 30. Cost cutting and disciplined rate management resulted in positive gains across the company’s major divisions. Overall, revenue (as reported) increased 9.4% to $16.3 billion, operating income climbed 7.7% to $1.26 billion and net income was up 10.7% to $775 million. Revenue and […]

The Green Mile in US’ Urbania

According to UN data, 54.5% of the world’s population resides in urban settlements. By 2030, it is expected to increase to 60% of the global population. These urban areas often require a unique type of logistics service. For example, according to property management firm, JLL, an estimated 25% of carbon dioxide emissions and 30-50% of […]

UPS’ Delivery Delays is a Sign of the Times

Reminiscent of the movie Ground Hog Day, we are experiencing a replay of a warning from a small parcel provider that due to overwhelming volumes there will be some delays. Sound familiar? Delivery delays, scheduling too many or not enough employees on certain days and not having enough transportation equipment has all happened in previous […]

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