UPS upgrades route-optimization software with ‘UPSNav’

UPS is investing in its IT efforts with the expansion of its internal tool, “UPSNav,” following a testing phase implemented earlier this fall with 5,000 of its delivery drivers. The company said the software optimizes delivery times better than its previous version of its system, called ORION; with the upgrade, drivers will be given more […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • December 4, 2018

Early 2018 holiday shopping breaks peak season records

Following on the heels of China’s 11.11 shopping holiday, numbers are out for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. American shoppers kicked off the start of the shopping season in the United States, spending US$24.2 billion shopping online — 23 percent more than what they spent over the same five days in 2017. American consumers spent […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • November 30, 2018

Top 4 programs aimed at retaining cargo pilots

  In recent years, the aviation and logistics industries have become increasingly concerned about a scarcity of one of the major ingredients that oils the flow of the supply chain, the essential human resource fueling international transportation of goods: the pilots themselves. The growing shortage is being caused by a combination of factors. One major […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • November 27, 2018

Bridges Worldwide introduces new Mediterranean routes from Cologne

Today, British networks solutions provider Bridges Worldwide launched a new intra-European route linking Cologne Bonn Airport (CGN) with Malta and Larnaca, Cyprus. The new route has five flights per week and will be flown by a 737-400F owned by Spanish cargo specialist Swiftair, with cargo capacity of 20 tonnes per flight. The route is the […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • October 31, 2018

Supply Chain & Freight segment drives Q3 growth for UPS

Today, in UPS’ earnings call for its third-quarter 2018, the company reported consolidated net income of US$1.5 billion – a 19.8 percent increase from the same period last year, driven by growth in its Supply Chain and Freight segment. Operating profit (EBIT) specific to Supply Chain and Freight was up 24.1 percent to $242 million, […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • October 24, 2018

UPS’ Cindy Miller on the redefinition of ‘customer experience’ in forwarding

There was a time not long ago when the shipment of goods across an international border was considered a matter of grave, time-consuming importance that may take days to resolve. With e-commerce, those days are gone forever as customer expectations are continuing to be more demanding. The concept of waiting the traditional “five to seven business […]
  • Randy Woods
  • October 4, 2018

UPS makes major investment in cross-border e-commerce

At a UPS “Transformation Conference” in New York today, the company outlined plans for expanding and automating its international and domestic express services to better accommodate burgeoning cross-border e-commerce volumes, justifying the major capital expenditures with larger expected returns on revenue. For more details, see the article below in our sister publication, Cargo Facts: UPS […]
  • Randy Woods
  • September 13, 2018

UPS grows alternate delivery location offerings with Taiwan ‘e-lockers’

UPS is expanding delivery options for e-commerce shipments in Taiwan with the addition of more than 850 “e-lockers” as alternate delivery locations (ALDs). UPS is working with Palmbox and Chunghwa Post, via its iBox lockers, for e-commerce deliveries in Taiwan. Once Taiwanese customers receive deliveries from international retailers at an e-locker, UPS will notify the […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • August 20, 2018

UPS, Teamsters agree on tentative contract for mechanics

The Teamsters Local Union No. 2727 has come to a tentative contract agreement with UPS that will make 1,300 UPS aircraft mechanics the “highest paid aviation mechanics” in the United States, a statement from the Teamsters said. Upon ratification, employees will receive an immediate 16 percent pay increase as well as retroactive pay for all […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • August 14, 2018

UPS reports reduced operating profit in Q2

UPS streamed its second-quarter 2018 earnings call this morning, reporting a 9.6 percent growth in total revenue, but a shrinkage in total operating profit of 13 percent, compared to the same period last year. The figure encompasses the company’s U.S. Domestic Package, International Package and Supply Chain & Freight sectors. Dividing the operating profit figure […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • July 25, 2018

Heeding the Call of Shippers: What 3PLs must know to survive the e-commerce revolution

A happy couple is about to move into their first house. All the furniture, clothes and kitchenware items have been sent to the new residence, but there is one crucial, final element still missing: The king-size brass bed that has been ordered through Macy’s and is set to arrive on Friday, just before move-in day. […]
  • Randy Woods
  • June 6, 2018

E-commerce is taking over the retail world, UPS says

Today UPS published its annual “Global Pulse of the Online Shopper” study that shows consumer behavior in the realm of e-commerce is shifting. The study, which surveyed consumers from the United States, Asia, Europe, Canada, Mexico and Brazil, suggested that consumers from all over the world are purchasing from sellers outside of their residing countries […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 11, 2018

Freightos survey says forwarders are running out of time to modernize

Freight forwarders have come a long way toward adopting digital processes over the last three years in anticipation of the e-commerce revolution, but time is rapidly running out for the laggards that have not yet embraced digitalization. A recent study conducted by Forrester Research for online logistics firm Freightos said some forwarders may be out […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 30, 2018

UPS files lawsuit against European Commission for TNT Express decision

While the FedEx merger with TNT Express appears to be going smoothly, the waters are still churning in regard to the previous attempt by an integrator to purchase the European trucking operation. US-based company UPS filed a lawsuit with the European Union’s General Court, seeking compensation for the European Commission’s 2013 decision to prevent UPS from […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 26, 2018
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