UPS Acquires UK Truck Brokerage Firm Freightex

| Mike O'Brien

UPS has acquired British firm Freightex to gain entry into the European truck brokerage market. This comes eight months after FedEx closed its acquisition of Netherlands-based TNT Express. See what a UPS unit executive had to say about the rationale behind the move, how it will be integrated with Coyote Logistics and how it’s positioned in the European market.

Amazon Wins Patent for Flying FC, Blows Out Holidays

| Mike O'Brien

It’s never a dull moment with Amazon, which won a patent for an airborne FC, sold 1 billion items the last two months and created another shopping holiday. Find out more about these latest developments from the ecommerce behemoth.

MCM Releases Top 3PLs 2017 Listing

| Brian Kelly

As ecommerce grows, so does the number of third-party logistics providers (3PLs). Check out MCM’s list of the top 3PLs for 2017 that can help you reduce costs and improve customer service.

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Retail Imports Up as Holiday Shopping Continues

| MCM Staff

Retail imports should be up 3.2% this month vs. 2015, as stores bring in the last of holiday merchandise, according to the monthly global port tracker from the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. The numbers come as NRF is forecasting $655.8 billion in holiday sales, a 3.6% increase over last year. The NRF saw the increase as a good sign for both the retail industry and the economy overall heading into the latter part of the holiday rush.

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Meeting the Expectations of Today’s High-Tech Shopper

| Daniela Forte

Are consumers who shop for high-tech devices like laptops, tablets and related accessories different than the average shopper in terms of purchasing behavior and preferences? A study by UPS takes a look at the behaviors and preferences of the high-tech shoppers.

UPS, FedEx Strike New Ecommerce Partnership Deals

| Mike O'Brien

UPS and FedEx both struck new ecommerce partnership deals, the former with packaging company Sealed Air and the latter with electronics retailer Newegg. See what the two partnerships mean and what benefits they bring to ecommerce customers.

Peak Season Impact of Hanjin Shutdown Remains Unclear

| Mike O'Brien

A little over a month after major Korean freighter line Hanjin shut down due to financial issues, the effects are still being felt by retailers in terms of shipment delays from Asia. But it remains unclear what impact it will have on the peak holiday season starting on Cyber Weekend. See how the crisis affected shipments by Ascena Retail Group.

FedEx Rate Changes to Hit Ecommerce Shippers Hard

| Mike O'Brien

The recently announced rate changes from FedEx reflect both the continual cat-and-mouse game with main rival UPS, as well as a bigger hit on ecommerce shippers as carriers look to recover the higher cost of moving more and more online orders. See what analysts and experts have to say about the impact of the new rates.