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After five years of waiting, UPS and FedEx have been granted licenses by the Chinese government to expand their local parcel services to consumers.
Experts and executives talk about steps being taken to avoid the holiday shipping snafus that caused delays and angry customers in 2013.
Aiming for Amazon, Google adds Barnes & Noble to its Google Shopping Express same-day delivery program in Manhattan, San Francisco, West Los Angeles.
Amazon today announced same-day delivery is being added in the Baltimore, Dallas, Indianapolis, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington DC metro areas.
Amazon’s plans for new sortation centers are part of its larger goals of getting close to the customer, Sunday delivery and competing with major carriers.
UPS plans to spend $175 million to increase holiday shipping capacity, including adding 50 new hub sorts and going from limited to full operations on Black Friday.
UPS’ decision to invest $1B in Euro operations was based on Germany’s surging economy, growth in healthcare spending and competitors’ logistical build-out.
While the Chinese ecommerce market is growing wildly, getting goods there can prove tricky, attendees were told at Multichannel Merchant’s Growing Global conference.
Incoming UPS CEO David Abney said the company has to focus on growing international economies, better use technology and keeping the focus on employees.
July port traffic is projected to be at the highest level in five years, the NRF reports, as west coast port negotiations go on.