Trump Moves to Pull U.S. from Universal Postal Union

| Mike O'Brien

The Trump administration has announced plans to withdraw the United States from the Universal Postal Union by January 2020. The move is an effort to counteract below-market parcel shipping rates that China has enjoyed for years to the competitive disadvantage of U.S. merchants.

Breaking Down the New FedEx Fuel Surcharges vs. UPS

| Victor Zhou

Understanding the fuel surcharges from the major carriers can be a tricky proposition. While FedEx has yet to make a grand announcement, both carriers reserve the right to regularly review their fuel pricing. How much are your fuel charges increasing? Learn how the new rates from FedEx stack up vs. main rival UPS.

USPS Proposing Parcel Rate Increases in 9%-12% Range

| Mike O'Brien

The USPS is proposing a number of rate changes that would be effective on Jan. 27 including an average 9.3% increase in its Parcel Select service for packages weighing more than 1 lb., as it looks to recover rising costs and deals with stiff competition from major carriers.

Fast or Free Shipping: Which Is Better For Your Business?

| Maria Haggerty

Many factors beyond features and price cause shoppers to hit “buy.” Shipping is a big part of that equation, but what kind of options are most likely to drive sales? Faster delivery and free shipping are huge incentives, but what makes the most sense for your business? Learn about the options and their impact.

Blockchain Poised to Reinvent Retail Supply Chains: PwC

| Mike O'Brien

Blockchain technology will fundamentally alter the way retail supply chains operate in the coming years, a PwC analyst told attendees at Shop.org in Las Vegas, creating more transparency and security of data shared across partners and trading organizations.

Pitney Bowes Parcel Shipping Index Sees 17% Growth in 2017

| Mike O'Brien

Parcel shipping volume grew 17% in 2017 across 13 major geographies tracked by Pitney Bowes, from 64 billion to 74 billion items shipped, with China the largest shipper at 40 billion items, followed by the U.S. (12 billion) and Japan (10 billion). See what other key data was pulled out of the annual survey.

Senate Hearing on USPS Task Force Report Postponed

| Mike O'Brien

A Senate hearing on a task force report recommending U.S. Postal Service reforms, scheduled for Sept. 5, has been postponed as President Donald Trump is delaying release of the report. No new date has been set, indefinitely postponing any legislative action, including possible raising of postal rates or even privatization.