FedEx Office Bids Farewell to Canada

Disappointing news from FedEx as it was announced that the company would close its 24 FedEx Offices, the FedEx Office manufacturing plant and the FedEx Office head office in Toronto. In total over 200 employees will be displaced. The stores offer a range of business services including copying, printing, office supplies, package services and as […]

Amazon Declares Prime Day 2017 a Success

“The Prime Day 2017 event grew by more than 60% compared to same 30 hours last year, and sales growth by small businesses and entrepreneurs was even higher,” stated the Amazon press release. The third annual retailer designated holiday comes at a point in which Amazon is feeling the heat from Walmart, Alibaba and others […]

Will Ocean Freight Consolidation Impact Retailers?

Sluggish rates and overcapacity is resulting in the global ocean freight market consolidating at a rapid clip. The latest acquisition is that of Cosco and OOCL. On Sunday, Cosco announced it was acquiring Hong Kong’s Orient Overseas International (OOIL) for $6.3 billion a deal that would create the world’s third-largest container shipper. Combined, the company […]

The Cost of Peak Season Goes Up, Again

The holiday season, known as peak season for shippers, is going to become more expensive for those of us that sell and shop online. UPS’ new Peak Shipping Charge will add about 27 cents to 97 cents per package and will be applied to individual and commercial customers shipping to U.S. residences during particularly busy […]

Struggling with e-Commerce Volumes

In the US, it has almost become an expectation that FedEx and UPS will increase small parcel rates annually. For the past few years, the average annual increase has hovered around 4.5%. Added to this are quite a few extra charges such as residential, oversize and fuel. After 27 years without increases, one large small parcel provider […]

Crowd-Sourcing the Final Mile

Crowd-sourced delivery is typically an easy way for folks to earn extra cash, but for companies such as Deliv and Postmates  that depend on this method of delivery, is it really an efficient and profitable delivery method? According to a recent Supply Chain Dive article, one analyst noted, “Picking up and delivering ad hoc isn’t […]

The Invisible Mile

There has been a lot of focus placed on the ‘final mile’ of delivery thanks to the impact e-commerce has had on the supply chain. What used to be considered a normal 5 – 7 day delivery time is no longer acceptable, as that delivery window has been whittled down to 2 days and is soon […]

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, […]

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