UPS 2019 Rate Increase of 4.9% Given 3 Weeks Before Effective Date

| Mike O'Brien

Less than three weeks before the new prices take effect the day after Christmas, UPS announced its 2019 rate schedule, including an overall increase of 4.9% for its ground, air and international services, leaving shippers scrambling to adapt at the busiest time of year. See what charges went up and what it means.

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.

Here’s What You Can Expect with the FedEx 2019 GRI

| Victor Zhou

FedEx announced a 4.9% general rate increase (GRI), matching increases from both itself and UPS in recent years. As each carrier will target different increases in their rates between services, weights and zones to net the overall average increase, here’s a deep dive look at how the FedEx GRI breaks down among its shipping services.

Teamsters Approve UPS Freight Contract, Averting Costly Strike

| Mike O'Brien

UPS on Sunday reached an agreement with the Teamsters on its UPS Freight contract, avoiding a costly strike ahead of the critical holiday season. The deal gives UPS five years of relative labor peace, as it now has new contracts in place with the Teamsters for its freight and package divisions.

FedEx Announces 2019 Parcel Rate Hikes, Holiday Peak Charges

| Mike O'Brien

FedEx has announced its general rate increases for 2019, bumping up its ground, express and home delivery services by an average of 4.9% as of Jan. 7, while also adding some holiday season surcharges and increasing others next year. Rival UPS has yet to announce its 2019 rates.

UPS Outlines Peak Season Readiness, Price Increases

| Mike O'Brien

UPS has put in place tools and processes to handle an expected peak season volume of 800,000 packages between Thanksgiving and Christmas, up from 750,000 last year, announcing price increases in the form of over-max and special handling charges to offset the investments.

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.