A Guide to Peak Holiday Season Changes for FedEx, UPS Shippers

| Rob Martinez

Both FedEx and UPS have announced new, temporary peak holiday season surcharges that will impact shipping costs for ecommerce businesses this holiday season. This detailed layout of charges from the major carriers will help you make wise business decisions as you lay out your strategy for handling the surge in seasonal shipments.

Parcel Shipping Volumes Growing Rapidly Worldwide

| Mike O'Brien

Driven in large part by ecommerce, parcel shipping volume in 13 major global markets grew by 48% from 2014 to 2016, going from 44 billion parcels in 2014 to 65 billion in 2016, with projections of annual growth between 17%-28% over the next four years, according to a study by Pitney Bowes.

UPS Rolling Out Holiday Peak Season Surge Pricing

| Mike O'Brien

UPS announced it will implement peak season surge pricing to offset the cost of a huge spike in its shipping volume during the extreme rush at the end of the year. FedEx has not yet announced a similar move. See what the move means, what industry observers are saying and UPS’s rationale.

3 Steps to Greater Supply Chain Optimization

| Michael Khalil

With ecommerce shaking up the supply chain to meet consumer demands, many companies are struggling to keep up. To meet this daunting challenge, here are three steps ecommerce companies can take to increase supply chain optimization in ways that support their growth plans.

Descartes Acquires ShipRush for $14 Million

| Mike O'Brien

Descartes Systems Group, a provider of Software-as-a-Service for logistics in B2B and B2C companies, has acquired parcel shipping software firm ShipRush for $14 million, expanding its services as it goes after midmarket ecommerce shippers. See what the business combination means for their joint customers.

Amazon Prime Air Pilots Make Noise in Seattle

| Mike O'Brien

Contract pilots for Amazon Prime Air are taking their case directly to the Seattle-based ecommerce giant, threatening a strike over wages, working conditions and turnover that could seriously disrupt the new service.

Vergona Outdoors Streamlines Its Ecommerce Shipping

| MCM Staff

Family-owned hunting and archery gear seller Vergona Outdoors has cut its ecommerce shipping time in half with ShippingEasy, allowing the company to focus on business growth and customer satisfaction. See what pain points it had experienced and how they were overcome.