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Gap Inc. Launches Fulfillment Services Offering

| Mike O'Brien

Following in the footsteps of American Eagle Outfitters, Gap has launched its own fulfillment services platform, making the high-tech, automated network it has invested billions in available for other retailers to take advantage of as the in-house/outsourced services trend continues.

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Amazon Lists First-Time FBA Peak Surcharge

| Mike O'Brien

Amazon is jumping on the peak surcharge bandwagon for the first time, asking sellers using its Fulfillment By Amazon service to pay 35 cents more per item for goods sold in the U.S. and Canada, running from Oct. 15 to Jan. 14, according to CNBC. This follows peak fee announcements from both FedEx and the U.S. Postal Service.

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FedEx Ground Group: Contractors Could Flip to Franchisees

| Mike O'Brien

The head of a renegade association of FedEx Ground contractors said those businesses have a strong case to be reclassified as franchisees, which would challenge the very contractor model the unit is built upon. Spencer Patton said many contractors could meet the reclassification test, giving them more legal rights and benefits.

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Amazon Prime Offers Same-Day Delivery from Retailers

| Mike O'Brien

Digging out a few more shovelfuls to deepen the Prime moat, Amazon is now offering same-day delivery for subscribers in 10 metro areas, who can shop retailers including PacSun, GNC, SuperDry and Diesel and either have the order delivered or picked up in store.

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FedEx Consolidation Plan Was Long Overdue

| Mike O'Brien

Plans for FedEx to consolidate its operations, announced last week to analysts and investors, is long overdue and should yield the efficiency benefits executives are expecting, especially given a fairly conservative five-year timeline, most experts agreed. Others saw FedEx following UPS’ lead with a heightened focus on revenue quality.

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USPS Syncs Service Levels for Package Delivery

| Mike O'Brien

The U.S. Postal Service is shortening the promised service levels for two of its ground delivery products, syncing them with its First-Class Package Service (FCPS), a move the USPS says will drive efficiency by consolidating processing and transportation of volume from all three products.

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Dave Clark to Co-Lead Flexport After Amazon

| Mike O'Brien

Dave Clark, the 23-year Amazon veteran who unexpectedly stepped down last week after helping create its vaunted logistics operations, which became grossly overbuilt in the pandemic era, has been tapped as co-CEO of hot supply chain and freight forwarding company Flexport. Photo credit: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

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Onfleet Pursues Growth With New Funding

| Mike O'Brien

Onfleet, provider of a last-mile route optimization platform for grocers, restaurants, food service and pharmacies, has raised $23 million in a Series B round to hire engineers, enhance its platform and expand into retail and enterprise accounts while looking to create a European presence in 2023.

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Walmart Rolling Out Four High-Tech FCs

| Mike O'Brien

Walmart plans to open up four high-tech, automated fulfillment centers over the next three years, which when completed will enable it to reach 95% of the country in the Amazon Prime standard of two days or less, while streamlining fulfillment processes and increasing throughput. The news drops between a Q1 miss and Prime Day.