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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.

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FedEx Rate Increases Announced for 2017

| MCM Staff

FedEx rate increases for 2017 have been announced by the carrier, including an average increase of 4.9% for ground and home delivery, and 3.9% for U.S. domestic, U.S. export and U.S. import services. See what other changes the carrier is making.

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Hanjin Ocean Freight Failure Disrupting Retail Supply Chains

| Mike O'Brien

The financial woes of South Korean concern Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd, the world’s seventh-largest ocean freight line, is causing a ripple effect that is disrupting supply chains across retail entering the busy fall and holiday season. See what efforts are underway to address the logjam.

UPS 4.9% General Rate Increase to Take Effect Dec. 26

| Mike O'Brien

UPS has announced its annual general rate increase for 2017, an average of 4.9% that goes into effect on Dec. 26. Other changes will be announced Nov. 18. See what else has changed in UPS rates and what this means in terms of its competition with FedEx.