Same-Day Delivery Growing, But When Does it Make Sense?

| Mike O'Brien

With PetSmart becoming the latest company to offer same-day delivery, other merchants are likely asking themselves, when does this level of service make sense? The answer depends on demographics, product category and your ability to absorb the cost.

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USPS Requests Parcel Rates Increases for 2017

| MCM Staff

The USPS is requesting a Priority Mail rate increase of 3.9% and 3.3% for Priority Mail Retail. This compares to increases of 4.9% for both UPS and FedEx. See what prices are being proposed across all of its parcel products.

Peak Season Shipping Cutoffs for FedEx, UPS, USPS

| Mike O'Brien

Once again, the folks at ShipStation have provided a useful infographic that provides the shipping cutoff dates for the various services provided by FedEx, UPS and the U.S. Postal Service. See what the latest dates are that packages can be picked up by major carriers in order to get to their destinations by Christmas Day.

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FedEx Rate Increases Announced for 2017

| MCM Staff

FedEx rate increases for 2017 have been announced by the carrier, including an average increase of 4.9% for ground and home delivery, and 3.9% for U.S. domestic, U.S. export and U.S. import services. See what other changes the carrier is making.

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Google Express Expands Its Midwest Presence

| Mike O'Brien

Google has expanded its two-day Google Express delivery service to 40 million new customers in the Midwest, now offering it in 17 states in its push against the dominance of Amazon Prime. See where it has grown and what retailers are using it.

Shifting the Holiday Delivery Experience Into High Gear

| Brian Kelly

It’s time to fine-tune your 2016 holiday operations and improve the customer experience across the board. There are some problems that will just have to wait until after the holiday season to address, but you can address poor delivery experiences and produce dramatically improved results and customer satisfaction in that area in the next few weeks.

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USPS Continues to See Gains in Postal Volume, Revenue

| Mike O'Brien

The U.S. Post Office continued the trend of strong growth in its parcel business while showing losses in mail delivery in its third quarter results. But help may be on the way in the form of a postal reform bill that would lessen the burden of mandated pre-funding of retiree health benefits.