FedEx Active in Blockchain Initiatives Tying in Supply Chain

| Mike O'Brien

With interest growing in the use of blockchain in the supply chain, FedEx has been very active in moving the technology forward. Dale Chrystie, FedEx Freight’s Vice President of Strategic Planning and Support, spoke with Multichannel Merchant about the company’s involvement with blockchain initiatives.

Amazon Charging Excess Inventory Fees to Address Storage Issues

| Mike O'Brien

In an effort to address overcapacity issues in its dozens of fulfillment centers, Amazon has instituted new charges that will penalize third-party sellers – who make up more than half of its sales – for having slow-moving inventory. See what these changes mean and what else Amazon is doing to deal with inventory overflow.

UPS Intra-Year Pricing Changes Deciphered

| Keith Myers

UPS has made a number of intra-year rate and fee changes, including increasing the over-max charge for packages weighing more than 150 lbs. from $500 to $650. Here is a breakdown of all the changes and what they mean for you as a shipper.

UPS Looking to Enter Fast-Growing White Glove Delivery Market

| Mike O'Brien

UPS is considering a move into the fast-growth white glove delivery market through a trucking partnership, which would enable it to handle larger, bulky items like furniture, appliances and home entertainment that often require special handling and some in-home installation.

FedEx Office Opening Branches in 500 Walmart Stores

| Mike O'Brien

Walmart will open FedEx Office branches in 500 U.S. stores that let customers pick up and drop off packages for shipment and access printing services, while boosting foot traffic for the retailer. This follows the opening of 7,500 FedEx branches at Walgreens stores last year and is another Walmart weapon against Amazon.