U.S. Postal Service Again Sees Overall Loss, Parcel Gains

| Mike O'Brien

The U.S. Postal Service, as it has for years, reported an overall loss in the second quarter due to declining mail volume and ongoing pension obligations, while its parcel delivery business continues to grow by double digits. See what else came out of the results, and how moves by major carriers may affect its parcel business.

UPS to Charge for Peak Season Volume Shortfalls

| Mike O'Brien

In a move designed to capture network costs associated with retailers who fail to meet peak volume commitments, UPS plans to charge them for shortfalls this year. The charges would cover costs such as extra workers and surplus space on trucks or in distribution hubs based on retailers’ projections and volume commitments.

UPS, Sealed Air Unveil Packaging Innovation Center

| Mike O'Brien

Meeting the increasingly high demands of ecommerce customers and helping shippers drive efficiency in their fulfillment operations were two of the main themes as UPS and Sealed Air jointly unveiled their packaging innovation center, located on the campus of UPS Supply Chain Solutions near its Worldport air hub in Louisville, KY.

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UPS Explains Rationale of New Optoro Partnership

| MCM staff

Multichannel Merchant recently caught up with Steve Brill, vice president for retail and global B2C for UPS, to dig a bit deeper into the rationale behind the agreement. See what each side brings to the table, and the benefits created by the combined solution.

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Meeting the Expectations of Today’s High-Tech Shopper

| Daniela Forte

Are consumers who shop for high-tech devices like laptops, tablets and related accessories different than the average shopper in terms of purchasing behavior and preferences? A study by UPS takes a look at the behaviors and preferences of the high-tech shoppers.

UPS Continues Efficiency Push as Revenue, Profit Grow in Q2

| Mike O'Brien

UPS is continuing to push for increased efficiency through hub automation projects and its ORION route optimization system. The company reported Q2 revenue growth of 3.8% to $14.63 billion, with profit up 3.2% to $1.27 billion. Its ecommerce business is on pace to grow faster than expected through the end of the year, officials said, based on strength in U.S. consumer spending.

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Drones, Robotics, 3D Printing Part of Major Technology Focus at UPS

| Mike O'Brien

UPS executives said they will continue to place a $1 billion bet on new technology each year, including major investments in facility automation, robotics and even drones to conduct tasks such as aircraft inspections and inventory counts. See what else the company disclosed about its strategy and operations during media day at its Atlanta headquarters.