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Transportation ARCHIVE

FedEx Says Amazon Business Not a Concern  Mar 18, 2016 9:28 AM By Mike O'Brien

FedEx told analysts on a third quarter call that Amazon was simply addressing capacity issues with its own assets a la other major retailers, so they weren’t worried about the business. For the quarter, FedEx’s net income fell 19% to $507 million, while Ground revenue was up 30% to $4.41 billion. However higher costs due in part to network expansion and peak season demand caused the segment’s operating income to drop from $559 million to $557 million.

Unpredictable Logistics Issues in China are Holding Retailers Back  Mar 16, 2016 11:53 AM By Lisa Henthorn

In the global shipping and logistics business, the unforeseen is the norm, and as some brands are learning the hard way. That’s especially true in China, where total online retail spending is forecast to climb above $1 trillion by 2019. Despite these issues, China holds more than enough business opportunities to offset them.

Amazon As Expected Moves Into Air Freight Leasing, Investment  Mar 10, 2016 3:07 PM By Mike O'Brien

Surprising no one, Amazon ended months of speculation by announcing it was leasing 20 Boeing 767 cargo jets from Air Transport Services Group Inc., while at the same time taking a 20% stake in the Wilmington, OH-based company. See what others are saying about this move.

UPS Looks to Learn More About Same-Day Model Through Stake in Deliv  Feb 25, 2016 12:47 PM By Mike O'Brien

In a move aimed at better understanding the inner workings of the same-day delivery model, UPS has purchased a stake in crowdsourced delivery startup Deliv. Just how UPS will leverage this relationship and what it learns remains to be seen, but it surely has its eye on the burgeoning same-day delivery space, including competitor FedEx’s service for Neiman Marcus and others.

Amazon Flex Drivers Reportedly Delivering Parcels  Feb 19, 2016 3:16 PM By Mike O'Brien

Amazon is once again on the move in logistics and delivery, with Reuters reporting its courier-based Amazon Flex network is making parcel deliveries in addition to the typical everyday goods being sent to Prime members.

Reuters said Amazon did acknowledge that drivers for Amazon Flex in Texas had already begun mixing in parcel deliveries with regular Prime Now orders. Amazon Flex, which allows couriers to sign up for delivery shifts via an app, is currently available in 14 cities including Seattle, Las Vegas, Phoenix and Dallas.

Retail Imports to Grow 4.5% in the First Half of 2016  Feb 16, 2016 1:24 PM By MCM Staff

Retail imports based on cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to decline year-over-year for the next few months but the first half of the year should still amount to a 4.5% increase compared with the same period last year, according to the National Retail Federation.

At the same time, import volumes are returning to West Coast ports after the labor issues that plagued the first half of 2015. Busy East Coast ports like New York and New Jersey saw large spikes in the double digits last year, as shippers sought alternate means to ensure product delivery, even if it meant significantly longer transit times.

UPS Blows Out Q4, Cites Ecommerce Growth, Automation, Tight Controls  Feb 04, 2016 11:35 AM By Mike O'Brien

UPS cited ecommerce growth, tight management controls and automation investments in its record Q4 results, while reaffirming its relationship with Amazon.

Pitney Bowes Acquires Transportation Management Firm Enroute  Jan 14, 2016 2:29 PM By MCM Staff

Pitney Bowes announced the acquisition of Enroute Systems Corporation, a cloud-based, software-as-a-service transportation management solution provider.

Amazon to Buy Out French Delivery Company  Jan 14, 2016 11:46 AM By Mike O'Brien

In its continuing march toward setting up its own logistics and shipping operations, Amazon plans to acquire French package-delivery company Colis Privé.

UPS Bests FedEx in On-Time Performance during Christmas Week  Jan 04, 2016 5:12 PM By Mike O'Brien

Because of a policy shift and a willingness to turn away last-minute volume, UPS had a better Christmas week 2015 on-time performance record than FedEx.






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