Blockchain Needs Open Source Standards to Succeed: FedEx Exec

| Mike O'Brien

In order for blockchain to succeed on a global scale in the transportation of goods, an open source standard will be required, according to a FedEx executive who heads up a blockchain alliance working toward that goal. The first standard of the Blockchain in Transport Alliance, on shipment location tracking, was published in March.

Stamps.com Stuns by Parting Ways with USPS, Looks to Other Carriers

| Mike O'Brien

In a bold and unexpected move, Stamps.com, which built its business through an exclusive shipping partnership with the U.S. Postal Service, is now severing that relationship as it seeks to offer its ecommerce customers more options, while keeping a sharp eye on Amazon logistics. See what the CEO had to say and how analysts reacted.

DHL Investing $300M in Warehouse Robotics, Automation

| Mike O'Brien

Deutsche Post unit DHL Supply Chain North America is investing $300 million to increase the level of automation and robotics at 350 of its 430 facilities, to better handle the crush of ecommerce orders. DHL also plans to open a 24,000-square-foot innovation center near Chicago in September 2019.

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.

Amazon Expands Hub Pickup Lockers in Apartment Buildings

| Mike O'Brien

A year after a quiet introduction, Amazon is expanding Hub by Amazon, secure keypad-access lockers in high-rise and garden apartments that allow shoppers to grab packages at their convenience. Interestingly, the service is available to other shippers as well as Amazon itself.

DHL eCommerce Launches Same-Day Service in the U.S.

| Mike O'Brien

Going head-to-head with UPS and FedEx, which have owned the domestic space, DHL eCommerce, an arm of German logistics giant DHL, is launching a same-day delivery service in eight U.S. cities that some believe will have Amazon as a major client.

FedEx Reorganizes Units to Focus on Cross-Border Ecommerce

| Mike O'Brien

Continuing its push into cross-border ecommerce to take advantage of rapid growth in that area, FedEx is consolidating a few different business units under existing freight forwarding division FedEx Trade Networks (FTN) as of March 1. See what FTN is now comprised of, and how FedEx views the opportunity.

President Trump Takes Aim at USPS, Amazon in Tweet

| Mike O'Brien

President Trump has taken a break from favorite targets like Little Rocket Man to turn his Twitter fire and ire on the U.S. Postal Service, blasting the agency for not charging enough on parcel delivery, in particular singling out major client Amazon, as the USPS continues to hemorrhage cash.

DHL Expands in North America to Meet Peak Demand

| Mike O'Brien

Looking to make up ground on rivals UPS and FedEx during peak season, DHL is in the midst of an expansion effort that includes hiring 6,000 temporary workers across its four business units in North America, adding flights and piloting robotic and augmented reality technologies.

LateShipment Helps Shippers Access Carrier Refunds

| Mike O'Brien

With an estimated $3 billion left on the table each year in unclaimed refunds from major carriers for errors such as late or wrong deliveries, a software company has figured out how to automate the claims process and win some of that money back for its shipper clients.

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