E-Commerce

UPS invests in reverse logistics startup Optoro as returns volume rises

UPS invests in reverse logistics startup Optoro as returns volume rises

December 27, 2016 at 6:37 pm 0 comments

The wrapping paper has been cleared away, Uncle Steve is on his seventh whisky and you are ensconced on the couch, half-buried under a pile of gifts that you’ll never use or wear. But your holiday work is still not done – it’s time for unwanted gift returns season. OnRead More

Study raises concerns about Amazon’s impact on U.S. economy

Study raises concerns about Amazon’s impact on U.S. economy

December 26, 2016 at 1:00 am 0 comments

Within five years, one-fifth of the US$3.6 trillion retail market in the United States will have shifted online, and Amazon is on track to capture two-thirds of that share, according to a report released by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR). The organization’s assertion that “Amazon is a monopoly hidingRead More

Amazon awarded anti-hacking patent for delivery drones [VIDEO]

Amazon awarded anti-hacking patent for delivery drones [VIDEO]

December 23, 2016 at 6:19 pm 0 comments

Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s CEO, has always maintained that his business is a technology company first and a retailer second. As the e-retailer ramps up its pilotless drone delivery program, the company’s latest patent should assuage the concerns of critics that questioned the security of unmanned aerial deliveries. Amazon has nowRead More

‘Amazon Go’ video hints at domination of brick-and-mortar universe [VIDEO]

‘Amazon Go’ video hints at domination of brick-and-mortar universe [VIDEO]

December 22, 2016 at 6:55 pm 0 comments

The Amazon Go stores, debuting in Seattle in early 2017, are just the beginning, according to Nerdwriter, a blogger and film maker, who lays out a compelling case that Amazon is looking to mirror its cloud-computing web-services model in the brick-and-mortar realm. The cloud-computing model, which saw the e-retailer licenseRead More

Restructuring, investments at FedEx catch analysts unaware in Q2

Restructuring, investments at FedEx catch analysts unaware in Q2

December 21, 2016 at 6:44 pm 0 comments

FedEx’s second fiscal-quarter operating income increase of 3 percent underperformed analysts’ expectations as they failed to account for the integrator’s US$2 billion investment into sorting hubs and distribution centers, and automation of ground operations to accommodate growing e-commerce shipments. The Ground and Freight divisions saw operating income fall by 12Read More

Southwest Airlines cargo to go international in 2017

Southwest Airlines cargo to go international in 2017

December 20, 2016 at 10:59 am 0 comments

For a carrier that flies only 737 narrowbody passenger aircraft, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines carries a substantial amount of freight throughout its domestic network – some 98,400 tonnes in 2015. Despite various interline agreements with international carriers, Southwest still lacks the ability to carry cargo to any of the international destinationsRead More

Is that an online purchase? Just throw it on the baggage conveyor!

Is that an online purchase? Just throw it on the baggage conveyor!

December 16, 2016 at 6:48 pm 0 comments

On 15 December, Netherlands-based Parcel International launched a new intra-Europe same-day delivery service in cooperation with KLM and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS). The potentially revolutionary service, known as “12Send”, offers first-mile pickup (from online sellers in the Schiphol catchment area), places parcels in a trackable tote, and drops the packages intoRead More

AAWW union warns of pilot shortage as judge imposes ABX injunction

AAWW union warns of pilot shortage as judge imposes ABX injunction

December 12, 2016 at 5:20 pm 0 comments

Soon after a U.S. District Court judge issued a preliminary injunction last week to extend a ban on work stoppages by pilots at carrier ABX Air, the union representing the pilots flying for other carriers owned by Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (AAWW) said they have too few pilots to meetRead More