Changes coming for international packages with UPU option

Get ready – the cost of cross-border e-commerce trade will be increasing in 2020. For those small parcels moving through postal networks, the pinch will be felt the strongest thanks to the recent Universal Postal Union decision. “Under the antiquated rules of the Universal Postal Union, the USPS, the postal system, has to heavily subsidize […]

Amazon cozies up to postal operators, Cargo Facts Consulting finds

Amazon has inked major agreements with at least 12 postal operators globally to fulfill its growing shipping demands, finds a new report this week from Cargo Facts Consulting. E-commerce traffic has been good for volume and revenue growth in parcel business units for the world’s largest postal companies. Likewise, when sourcing delivery capacity for its […]

Kalitta Air ditches JFK, launches freighter services from smaller Stewart Airport

This week, U.S.-based ACMI and charter operator Kalitta Air launched new scheduled freighter services connecting Los Angeles International (LAX) to Stewart Airport (SWF), in support of the United States Postal Service (USPS). Beyond the increased capacity these services provide, the new flights' routes demonstrate the growth of a trend that started earlier this year: air […]

U.S. Supreme Court rejects UPS’ appeal to raise postal rates

In a move that is being considered a win for Amazon, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from United Parcel Service (UPS) that would have required the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to raise the prices it charges for package delivery. The USPS has an agreement with Amazon to deliver the vast majority […]

Alpine Air Express majority stake acquired by PE firm AE Industrial Partners

AE Industrial Partners, a private equity investor specializing in control investments in the aerospace and defense sector, among others, has acquired a majority interest in Utah-based airfreight operator Alpine Air Express. According to a statement from the companies, AE will partner with Alpine’s existing shareholders, and Alpine CEO Michael Dancy will continue in his role. […]

USPS plans autonomous vehicle tests on rural routes

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is following in the steps – or in this case, the wheels – of integrators like UPS, FedEx and DHL by testing an autonomous delivery vehicle on rural routes, in partnership with the University of Michigan. If successful, USPS expects to deploy the vehicles on 28,000 rural routes by 2025. […]

Storms hinder FedEx on Christmas

On Christmas Eve powerful storms ripped across part of the southern U.S., claiming at least 14 lives in three states including Tennessee, the home of FedEx’s major air hub in Memphis. That didn’t help matters for the integrator as it pushed to get packages delivered on time for the holiday. Regardless of the weather, some […]

More evidence that Amazon is testing European logistics network

Whether it’s by freighter, drone, truck or automobile, it would appear Amazon is on the move, literally, to launch its own logistics network and to distance itself from the integrated express carriers. Further evidence that Amazon is up to something now includes news from London’s Evening Standard that the e-commerce giant has been operating a […]