The Freight 50: A strong finish to 2016

A strong finish In some ways, 2016 came in like a lamb for the airfreight industry and went out like a lion – one whose roar can still be heard today as the surge in demand carried well into 2017. IATA’s WATS report noted that the particularly strong peak season in 2016 “coincided with a […]
  • Staff Reports
  • July 25, 2017

UPS ranked most valuable logistics brands in 2017

Each year UK-based valuation and strategy consultancy, Brand Finance appraises the brand values of the world’s leading logistics companies. Once again, UPS seized the top position by a long-shot, with a brand value of US$22 billion. FedEX took second place with its brand valued at $17 billion—up 31% from 2016 following its acquisition of TNT […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 12, 2017

E.U. Court sides with UPS in blocked TNT deal

Earlier this week, a Luxembourg-based General Court annulled a European Union decision made back in 2013, to block Atlanta-based UPS’ proposed US$7 billion takeover of Dutch package delivery company, TNT Express. Even though the decision will not revise history, since TNT has already been acquired by FedEx Corp., the ruling could pave the way for […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 10, 2017

UPS, Workhorse Group make successful autonomous drone test

UPS has successfully tested a drone that launches from the top of one of its brown vans, autonomously delivers packages and then returns to the vehicle while the van moves on to the next delivery. The drone delivery took place this Monday in Lithia, Florida. The test was conducted in collaboration with drone manufacturing company […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 21, 2017

National carriers balk at proposed increase in Alaska jet fuel tax

After cruising for decades on high oil prices, the state of Alaska is scrambling to make up budget shortfalls by introducing a bill that would triple the state tax on jet fuel, sparking predictable dismay from several U.S.-based carriers that use Anchorage as a major trans-shipment hub on long-haul routes. Alaska Airlines, Delta Airlines and […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 17, 2017

E-commerce challenges and opportunities in UPS’ fourth quarter

Take your pick: UPS reported either a quarter-billion dollar net loss or a one-and-a-half-billion dollar net profit for the fourth quarter of 2016. David Harris, editor of our sister publication Cargo Facts, breaks down this morning’s conflicted and rather sour quarterly report from one of the world’s biggest integrators and e-commerce carriers. Bookmark
  • David Harris
  • January 31, 2017

UPS moves on U.K.-E.U. truckload brokerage market with Freightex

UPS has bought into the European truckload brokerage sector with purchase of Freightex, a U.K.-based provider of truckload, less-than-truckload, specialized and refrigerated over-the-road services. With the purchase, Freightex will add extensive cross-border routes and a carrier network, which includes a dedicated fleet, to UPS’s portfolio. The acquisition also gives UPS access to the European 3PL […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 9, 2017

UPS bracing for 1.3 million returns on ‘National Returns Day’

E-commerce giveth with one hand, and taketh away with the other, so sayeth UPS, which is bracing for what it is calling “National Returns Day,” when online shoppers are expected to return some 1.3 million unwanted packages to retailers tomorrow, Jan. 5. The whole first week of the new year is shaping up to be […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 4, 2017

UPS invests in reverse logistics startup Optoro as returns volume rises

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. On Jan. 5, millions of consumers […]
  • Lewis King
  • December 27, 2016

AAWW union warns of pilot shortage as judge imposes ABX injunction

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 meet the long-term demands for its […]
  • Randy Woods
  • December 12, 2016

UPS to add four weekly flights to San Bernardino during 2016 peak

UPS said it will add four weekly flights to San Bernardino International Airport (SBD) during its peak-season rush to accommodate a seasonal surge in package shipments, which grows each year as e-commerce changes the logistics side of Christmas shopping. The Atlanta-based integrator will operate 757 freighters from SBD to its Louisville, Kentucky, hub this December. […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 16, 2016

UPS to acquire Marken to bolster life sciences, pharma footprint

Adding further evidence that life sciences transport is “the new black” in the global transportation business, UPS has entered into a “definitive purchase agreement” to acquire Marken, A U.K.-based supply-chain company focusing on pharmaceuticals and life sciences. UPS plans to use Marken’s clinical supply-chain services to bolster its position across the life sciences market, and […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 7, 2016

UPS 747-8F order breathes life into Boeing’s program

Just when the industry thought the sun was setting on Boeing’s most iconic workhorse jet, the aviation giant announced a firm order for fourteen 747-8Fs, plus options for up to 14 more, from express giant UPS. The announcement is being seen as a possible game-changer for the storied jumbo freighter, which, until today, had only […]
  • Lewis King
  • October 28, 2016

Amazon leads retail sector in seasonal hiring

The most valuable brand in retail — and logistics, for that matter –, is on a 120,000-position seasonal hiring binge to meet an anticipated surge in holiday shopping just around the corner. The e-retailer is taking no chances this time around, with its new Prime Air service, an army of part-time grunts, and 18 […]
  • Lewis King
  • October 21, 2016
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