UPS Looking to Enter Fast-Growing White Glove Delivery Market

| Mike O'Brien

UPS is considering a move into the fast-growth white glove delivery market through a trucking partnership, which would enable it to handle larger, bulky items like furniture, appliances and home entertainment that often require special handling and some in-home installation.

FedEx Office Opening Branches in 500 Walmart Stores

| Mike O'Brien

Walmart will open FedEx Office branches in 500 U.S. stores that let customers pick up and drop off packages for shipment and access printing services, while boosting foot traffic for the retailer. This follows the opening of 7,500 FedEx branches at Walgreens stores last year and is another Walmart weapon against Amazon.

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.

UPS Sues European Union Antitrust Agency over TNT Express Denial

| Mike O'Brien

UPS has filed a lawsuit against the European Union’s antitrust agency, seeking $2.15 billion (1.74 billion Euros) for its 2013 decision which scuttled the carrier’s planned acquisition of Netherlands-based TNT Express. See what preceded the action and how UPS views its commitment to the EU market.

Merchants Differentiating in the Last Mile, Returns, Outsourcing

| Mike O'Brien

As merchants search for ways to contend with the behemoth of Amazon – which accounted for about half of ecommerce sales in 2017 – many are focusing on the last mile, returns and outsourcing to battle back. This MCM Outlook report, based on our annual survey of Multichannel Merchant readers, looks at trends and stats in all three areas.