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

Low-cost UPS electric trucks eliminate final barriers to large-scale fleet adoption

Fifty plug-in electric UPS delivery trucks will hit the streets across the United States later this year, in preparation for larger-scale fleet adoption in 2019. While UPS already has electric vehicles conducting deliveries across the U.S. and Europe, the Atlanta-based integrator said that these are the first vehicles with a “comparable acquisition cost to conventional-fueled […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 23, 2018

Carriers expect big cargo week for Valentine’s Day, Chinese New Year holidays

The one-two punch of Valentine’s Day on Wednesday and the run-up to the Chinese Lunar New Year in Friday are expected to create huge demand for air cargo this week, according to carrier estimates. This shipping of perishable flowers, plants, chocolates and gifts all around the globe could reach record levels for some carriers. UPS […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 12, 2018

Amazon becomes more like an integrator with new program

In recent years, Seattle-based e-tailer Amazon has doubled-down on the expansion of its supply chain and fulfillment infrastructure, launching a dedicated freighter network, and enlarging the reach of its own-operated last-mile delivery services to include some 37 U.S. cities. Many in the air freight industry have long believed that it would only be a matter […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • February 9, 2018

UPS expands time-critical shipments with guaranteed midday delivery

UPS said it is expanding its time-critical delivery service, offering guaranteed delivery by either 12 p.m. or 2 p.m. from all 71 origin countries to 35 key destination countries. The new service, called UPS Worldwide Express Freight Midday, guarantees time-definite delivery for urgent, international, palletized shipments weighing more than 68 kilograms (150 pounds). “We have […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 8, 2018

Lufthansa leads Series A funding for online freight platform Fleet

Lufthansa Cargo led a US$10 million Series A round of financing in Fleet, an online freight platform startup, with participation from investors, including Hunt Technology Ventures and UPS. Fleet is an online marketplace that matches customers’ demand for freight services with available capacity provided by logistics companies, offering an alternative to the conventional freight-forwarding model. […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 25, 2018

UPS, FedEx suffered high late-delivery rates during 2017 holiday season

If your delivery arrived late this holiday season, you aren’t alone. A post-holiday analysis of deliveries performed by LateShipment.com found that both UPS and FedEx struggled to process record-high delivery volumes. The shipment-tracking company’s CEO Sriram Sridhar said that, when it came to ground shipments, both UPS and FedEx, “had alarmingly high late delivery rates […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 19, 2018
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