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.

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.

Belgian Postal Service to Acquire Radial for $820 Million

| Mike O'Brien

In a surprising move, bpost, the Belgian postal service, announced plans to acquire U.S.-based third-party logistics and ecommerce software firm Radial for $820 million, as it looks to expand its client base here with Radial’s broad omnichannel, logistics, and fulfillment capabilities.

Parcel Shipping Volumes Growing Rapidly Worldwide

| Mike O'Brien

Driven in large part by ecommerce, parcel shipping volume in 13 major global markets grew by 48% from 2014 to 2016, going from 44 billion parcels in 2014 to 65 billion in 2016, with projections of annual growth between 17%-28% over the next four years, according to a study by Pitney Bowes.

Payment Pitfalls In the Cross-Border Cart

| Chris Johnson

It goes without saying that the cross-border ability to reach billions of consumers around the world presents a tremendous opportunity for businesses. However, retailers are faced with pitfalls in the payment process, resulting in more abandoned carts than ever. Here is how retailers looking to go cross-border with their business can avoid these payment headaches in the shopping cart.