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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.

SingPost and POST Luxembourg Enter Into Strategic Agreement

| MCM Staff

POST Luxembourg and Singapore Post Limited (SingPost) signed a strategic collaboration agreement to provide comprehensive end-to-end ecommerce logistics solutions between Asia and Europe. See what this will mean for both SingPost and POST Luxembourg customers.

UPS Continues Efficiency Push as Revenue, Profit Grow in Q2

| Mike O'Brien

UPS is continuing to push for increased efficiency through hub automation projects and its ORION route optimization system. The company reported Q2 revenue growth of 3.8% to $14.63 billion, with profit up 3.2% to $1.27 billion. Its ecommerce business is on pace to grow faster than expected through the end of the year, officials said, based on strength in U.S. consumer spending.

Amazon Prime Air to test Drone Delivery in the UK

| Mike O'Brien

As it continues to hit roadblocks in the U.S., Amazon has announced a partnership with the UK government to experiment with drone delivery of small parcels through its Amazon Prime Air unit. Meantime 7-11 has beaten Amazon to the punch, delivering Slurpees and other essential items to a family in Reno, NV in the first U.S. commercial drone delivery.

SMB Ecommerce Shippers Diversifying Carrier Services

| Mike O'Brien

SMB online retailers are using multiple carriers to get better pricing and eliminate the risk of keeping all their eggs in one basket, according to a new study from Accenture. See what carrier capabilities are most critical to them, and what they’re looking for in terms of cross-border services.