UPS returns to normal deliveries after cyber week delays

UPS said yesterday that it has returned to normal delivery time-in-transit after a cyber week surge exceeded expectations, causing delays across its U.S. network. UPS expects to deliver about 750 million packages this holiday season – about 40 million more than the 712 million packages the Atlanta-based integrator delivered during the 2016 holiday season. Black […]
  • Lewis King
  • December 14, 2017

UPS to operate seasonal freighter flights into SBD International Airport

The San Bernardino International Airport (SBD) announced that UPS will begin operating seasonal flights into the airport during the busiest shopping season of the year. UPS started service at the airport in 2016, operating four weekly flights through SBD during the holiday season. This year, UPS Airlines will operate up to eighteen weekly flights during […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 30, 2017

‘Black Friday’ in U.S. brings great news for global e-commerce

The biggest shopping day of the year for the United States – on the Friday following Thanksgiving, also known as “Black Friday” – has come and gone, leaving records shattered in its wake. American retailers brought in a record US$7.9 billion in combined online sales during Black Friday and Thanksgiving, amounting to a 17.9 percent […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • November 27, 2017

UPS inks its largest investment in renewable natural gas to date

In June, UPS announced its ambitious new sustainability goals, including a 12 percent reduction of absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from global ground operations by 2025. Shortly thereafter, UPS announced a US$90 million investment in natural gas vehicles and infrastructure. Now, the Atlanta-based integrator is heading into the year’s end inking an agreement with Big […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 21, 2017

Shopify, UPS cut deal to lower rates for online retailers

Christmas is coming early for smaller retailers looking to boost online sales. A UPS-Shopify rate deal puts smaller retailers one step closer to competing with Amazon.com’s extensive logistics advantage, by offering lower rates usually reserved for larger customers. Shopify now features a UPS-hosted dashboard on its platform. Henceforth, the hundreds of thousands of small U.S.-based […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 17, 2017

UPS rallies behind U.S. Senate’s tax reform bill to slash corporate tax rate

UPS is publicly backing the latest version of the U.S. Senate’s tax reform bill, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” calling the draft, “a critical step in finding compromise on a tax structure that has not been updated in more than 30 years.” The Senate version, released last week after multiple delays, features a 15-percent-point […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 13, 2017

UPS throws weight behind setting blockchain standards for freight industry

UPS, and its subsidiary Coyote Logistics, have joined the Blockchain in Trucking Alliance (BiTA), throwing their considerable weight behind the development of blockchain technology standards and education for the freight industry. Before blockchain becomes a standard industry tool, the logistics industry will have to adopt standards and protocols to enable blockchain platforms to operate together […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 7, 2017

Blown Away: Reconnecting broken supply chains

On a Tuesday in Mexico City, employees at DSV Air & Sea, S.A. de C.V. were in the middle of a normal workday in the head office when a 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck, killing more than 350 people. “People were scared, running in the street,” said Torge Koehnke, vice president for Latin America with DSV Air […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • November 6, 2017

UPS to expand in Colorado with package facility in time for peak

UPS is expanding in the Denver region again, with the construction of a US$90 million package distribution facility that the company says will be operational this year, in time for the holiday shipping season. Kenneth Cherry, president of the UPS Desert Mountain district, said that the expansion was required to meet the, “rapid expansion of […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 1, 2017

UPS resumes partial Puerto Rico operations, in face of extensive infrastructure damage

UPS service has resumed across 149 of Puerto Rico’s 176 zip codes, with the Atlanta-based integrator offering discounted rates from the U.S. to Puerto Rico and affected Caribbean destinations for select ground and deferred shipments. But with more extensive damage being reported daily, UPS is acknowledging that it faces massive hurdles redeploying its services to […]
  • Lewis King
  • October 6, 2017

Too Many Happy Returns: The struggle to predict reverse logistics

The mostly unwanted gifts are piled in the corner, the relatives have slowly made their way to the airport and a mountain of dishes awaits attention in the kitchen. This is what late December looks like for most American consumers. But for logisticians, the holiday work is only half done – it’s time for gift […]
  • Randy Woods
  • October 5, 2017

UPS, SF Holding joint venture wins regulatory approval in China

UPS and Chinese transport and logistics company SF Holding – parent company of carrier SF Express – received approval of their planned joint venture from China’s Ministry of Commerce. The joint venture, which the companies announced back in May, will establish international delivery services, beginning with deliveries from China to the United States, giving Chinese […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • September 28, 2017

UPS suspends ‘My Choice’ re-delivery fees for Hurricane Irma evacuees

With Hurricane Irma evacuees from Florida dispersed across the Southeastern United States and beyond, UPS has suspended its re-delivery fees for its My Choice customers, so that displaced residents can redirect their deliveries to their temporary address, free of charge. By suspending its fees, UPS joins other companies such as Jet Blue and Airbnb.com that […]
  • Randy Woods
  • September 11, 2017

Taylor Swift — yes, that Taylor Swift — does a logistics deal with UPS

UPS is singing Taylor Swift’s song. UPS announced today that it inked a logistics and distribution partnership with popstar Taylor Swift. The deal lets UPS “secure distribution and shipment of CDs to retailers… along with the final delivery of the CDs to online consumers.” Yes, consumers still buy CDs. The deal has even warranted its […]
  • Lewis King
  • August 25, 2017
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