Air cargo’s peak season – promising or a bust?

A year that started with great uncertainty will likely end the same. As we head into the traditional peak season, the world is faced with increasing trade barriers and weakening demand for goods. Global manufacturing activity is hovering dangerously close to contraction for many countries and for some countries, including the United States, contraction has […]

FedEx ends ground-delivery deal with Amazon

FedEx Corp. is snipping another tie with Amazon.com Inc. as the e-commerce giant emerges as a competitor by building its own shipping network. The ground-delivery contract with Amazon won’t be renewed when it expires at the end of this month, FedEx said in a statement. The decision quickens the company’s retreat from the largest online […]

FedEx’s e-commerce loss appears to be UPS’ gain

Volumes of apparel, auto parts, tablets, smartphones, knick-knacks and more are being delivered to our front doors faster and more efficiently as the two largest US small parcel and express providers, FedEx and UPS, invest in their networks, as well as in their business development and sales teams, to take advantage of this growing demand. […]

The move away from Amazon express ops likely to benefit FedEx

FedEx’s decision to end its U.S. express operations for Amazon will probably benefit the company in the long run, according to a Seaport Global analysis. In its note, Seaport focused on the rapid expansion of e-commerce from companies other than Amazon, and said the move away from its Amazon operations will allow FedEx to pursue […]

PeP woes continue for Deutsche Post-DHL in Q4 earnings

Despite revenue growth across all segments during the fourth quarter, and operating profit (EBIT) growth in the Express and Global Forwarding segments, Deutsche Post-DHL Group (DP-DHL) reported Group EBIT declines of 4.0% year-over-year for 4Q and 15.5% for the full year of 2018 due to sharp declines in the Post-eCommerce-Parcel (PeP) segment. PeP EBIT fell 28.4% and […]

Fulfillment company ShipBob raises C Series funding for expansion

Today, Chicago-based e-commerce fulfillment service ShipBob said it raised US$40 million toward in a Series C round to fund the expansion of its warehousing services and digital platform, in order to compete with juggernaut rival Amazon.com’s fulfillment service. The funding round was led by Menlo Ventures and involved contributions from existing investors Bain Capital Ventures, Hyde […]

DHL eCommerce enabling next-day B2C food deliveries in Thailand

DHL eCommerce and Thai egg producer Kasemchaifood have partnered to deliver farm-fresh eggs sold through online channels directly to consumers, within 24 hours. Before taking to the internet, Kasemchaifood relied primarily on a wholesale business model with a lengthier supply chain to distribute its eggs. Under the traditional business-to-business supply chain model, it would take […]

DHL expands last-mile e-commerce network to Bangkok

Today, DHL released plans to expand its urban last-mile delivery service, “DHL Parcel Metro,” beyond the U.S., to now include the greater Bangkok area. The company’s e-commerce division launched the Parcel Metro program in March, offering shippers same-day or one-day delivery for parcels up to 20 kilograms in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles – […]

DHL customers prefer root canals to late shipments

In DHL’s 2017 Holiday Survey, 27 percent of the integrator’s customers surveyed said that they would “rather get a root canal than have personal holiday shipments come late,” which suggests that some 27 percent of customers haven’t yet experienced the skull-splitting agony of the dentists’ drill burrowing into their molars. Regardless, there’s a lot of […]

Deutsche Post DHL Group completes UK Mail acquisition

Deutsche Post DHL Group has completed the acquisition of UK Mail in a US$315.5 million bid to strengthen its presence in the U.K. e-commerce market. Both E.U. and U.K. regulatory bodies signed off on the deal in late 2016, and the companies have moved to cancel the listing of UK Mail Group plc shares, amend […]

Frankfurt-Hahn dismisses rumors of Amazon bid

After a German-language newspaper had alleged that e-tail giant Amazon was in discussions with Frankfurt-Hahn Airport (HHN) over a possible purchase of the facility, officials at HHN recently dismissed the discussions as  “rumors” and said talks, if any, are being handled by the airport’s owner, the municipality of Rhineland-Palatinate. Earlier this year, the newspaper Süddeutschen […]

Virgin Australia finalizes TNT contract, will add freighters

There has been yet another shuffle in Australia’s highly consolidated airfreight industry. TNT Express awarded what is expected to be a US$575 million, five-year contract to Virgin Australia for domestic cargo transport, a move which has prompted Virgin Australia to ACMI-lease three freighters, according to The Australian. Beginning in July of this year, Virgin Australia […]

Amazon gains right to own 19.9 percent of ATSG

Now that the long-rumored ATSG-Amazon deal for twenty 767 freighters is out in the open, it’s time to consider what affect this monumental announcement will have on the express business. In this article from sister publication Cargo Facts, editor David Harris looks at the ramifications of the warrants for Amazon to acquire nearly 20 percent […]
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