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.

UPS Follows Suit With FedEx, Charges More for Large Parcels

| Mike O'Brien

Following on the heels of FedEx’s move earlier this year, UPS plans to update its fee structure for larger parcels, decreasing the size of items that incur an extra $10.50 handling charge. Under the new rule, packages with a long side of 48″ or more will be subject to the charge as of June 6. The previous threshold was 60″.

Amazon Strikes Deal with Atlas Air, Takes Stake in Company

| Mike O'Brien

Continuing its relentless push into logistics to shore up carrier network capacity issues, Amazon has struck a deal with major air transport firm Atlas Air of Purchase, NY, leasing 20 of its Boeing 767-300 jets and taking up to a 30% stake in the company. Atlas is also a supplier of transport planes to UPS.

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FedEx-TNT Merger Clears Final Hurdle With Chinese Approval

| Mike O'Brien

A final hurdle to FedEx’s proposed $4.8 billion acquisition of Dutch carrier TNT Express NV has been cleared via an unconditional approval from the Chinese Ministry of Commerce. The deal has already been blessed by authorities in the EU and Brazil, after an initial challenge last fall by the former. The deal will bring FedEx close to parity with UPS in Europe, or possibly launch it into second place behind EU market leader DHL.

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Why Canada? Logistics Tips for Entering the Market

| Lee Finkelstein

Canadians are increasingly purchasing from ecommerce websites outside of the country. The focus of this article is why Canada is a good opportunity for ecommerce businesses, the challenges they might face, and the top logistics tips for ensuring customer satisfaction.