UPS drops as heir apparent’s sudden exit rattles Wall Street

(Bloomberg) — United Parcel Service Inc. fell as the sudden retirement of Chief Operating Officer Jim Barber stoked leadership uncertainty midway through the company’s pricey revamp to handle surging e-commerce. Barber, 59, who helped lead growth in Europe and Asia during his 35 years with UPS, will retire at the end of December, UPS said […]

Amazon opens new Chicago Rockford Airport facility

Monday marked the ceremonial opening of a new 200,000-square-foot Amazon facility at Chicago Rockford Airport (RFD), the airport’s director of business development and cargo, Ken Ryan, told Air Cargo World. News of the expansion at the Chicago airport came late last year when RFD confirmed Amazon would more than double its footprint there. Amazon Air had […]

India’s SpiceJet targets cargo unit IPO amid e-commerce boom

(Bloomberg) — Indian budget carrier SpiceJet Ltd. plans to sell shares in its logistics business in an initial public offering, as the rise of e-commerce drives demand for fast shipping across the region. The one-year-old cargo division, known as SpiceXpress, could be listed on a stock exchange within 12 months, SpiceJet Chairman Ajay Singh said […]

Amazon bulks up its delivery network with huge electric vehicle order

Amazon placed an order for 100,000 electric delivery vehicles, Dave Clark, Amazon’s senior vice president of worldwide operations, announced on Twitter today. The vans, from Rivian Automotive, are expected to begin delivering packages in 2021. The move is not altogether surprising, as Amazon earlier this year led a $700 million equity investment in Rivian Automotive, […]

Alphabet’s Wing plans drone drug-store deliveries within a month

(Bloomberg) —One of the nation’s largest drug store chains and a shipping service giant are joining forces, with Alphabet Inc.’s Wing to begin a first-of-its-kind drone delivery service in October. Walgreens, FedEx Corp. and Wing, an offshoot of Google that was the first U.S. drone operator to receive partial certification as an airline, will begin the exploratory […]

UPS CEO says growth is steady in Amazon age, even as FedEx reels

(Bloomberg) —Not that long ago, Wall Street fretted that tradition-bound United Parcel Service Inc. would lag nimble FedEx Corp., with its fully automated package-sorting hubs, in the race to cash in from surging shipments tied to e-commerce. It hasn’t turned out that way. A $20 billion investment spree detailed by UPS Chief Executive Officer David […]

Amazon cozies up to postal operators, Cargo Facts Consulting finds

Amazon has inked major agreements with at least 12 postal operators globally to fulfill its growing shipping demands, finds a new report this week from Cargo Facts Consulting. E-commerce traffic has been good for volume and revenue growth in parcel business units for the world’s largest postal companies. Likewise, when sourcing delivery capacity for its […]

Does increase in FedEx 2020 shipping rates prelude strategy shift? 

FedEx announced new shipping rates for FedEx Express, FedEx Ground and FedEx Freight will come into effect Jan. 6, 2020.  The new rates will include increases in surcharges and fees for FedEx’s U.S. Express Package Services, U.S. Ground Services, International Express Package Services, International Ground Services, U.S. Express Freight Services, International Express Freight Services, as well as an […]

Amazon Air begins ops at gateway airports, moves some 767F ops away from Atlas Air

Amazon Air flights began operating at St. Louis Airport (STL) as of yesterday, as can be seen in the tweet from the airport below. According to flight tracking software, the flight, operated by Air Transport Services Group carrier ABX Air, departed from Baltimore (BWI) and continued to Ontario (ONT). https://twitter.com/flystl/status/1172192616349347840?s=20 STL is not the only […]

Amazon’s Dallas-area regional hub ready for October opening

Amazon announced today that its Regional Air Hub at the Fort Worth Alliance Airport (AFW) will open in October. The new hub, which was announced last December, is designed as a build-to-suit facility and is intended to support the carrier’s “larger-scale regional needs,” such as sortation operations and multiple flights a day.   The facility is the “first airport […]

Amazon signs lease on multi-story urban fulfillment center near Seattle [VIDEO]

Continuing its endeavor to expedite fulfillment, Amazon has leased nearly 500,000 square feet (46,000 square meters) of space in a multi-story logistics center in urban Seattle.   Although vertical logistics centers are common in land-constrained regions in Asia and Europe, most similar buildings in North America are built out rather than up. Completed in 2018, the Georgetown Crossroads facility is the first building of its […]

Cargojet signs strategic agreement granting Amazon voting shares 

Cargojet announced today that it signed a strategic agreement with Amazon.com NV Investment Holdings, an affiliate of Amazon.com.ca Inc., as a key carrier for Amazon’s middle-mile transportation in Canada. The new agreement also grants the e-commerce giant the opportunity to buy a stake in the carrier.  The news follows Cargojet’s recent handling of record volumes in support of […]

Atlas Air, ABX, Southern Air pilots protest at CVG

Aug. 20, 2019: This story has been updated to include comment from Atlas Air.  Tomorrow, pilots flying for Atlas Air, Southern Air and ABX Air, which operate on behalf of Amazon Air and DHL, will protest at Cincinatti/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), which is the largest hub for these carriers. Pilots are protesting stalled contract negotiations […]
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