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FedEx Rate Hike of 6.9% Largest in its History

| Mike O'Brien

FedEx detailed efforts to remove more than $6 billion in costs over time as capacity outstripped demand globally, while calling for the largest-ever rate increase of 6.9%, as analysts asked hard questions about operating missteps after a quarter with revenue up 6% but operating income down 18%.

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Shipping Capacity Management: The Outlook for 2022 Peak

| Mike O'Brien

While most markers indicate more than sufficient carrier capacity to meet Q4 demand, that doesn’t mean all is smooth sailing, with chokepoints and a possible dockworker strike. This operations special report on capacity management from Multichannel Merchant taps experts and retailers on the Q4 outlook and what to expect.

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FedEx Warns Ahead of Q1, CEO Expects Recession

| Mike O'Brien

In a stunning move, FedEx said on Thursday a slowdown in volume worldwide contributed to a substantial Q1 revenue and income miss, and president and CEO Raj Subramanian told CNBC he believes a global recession is impending, as the company withdrew its fiscal 2023 forecast.

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Geodis Acquiring Last Mile Provider Need It Now Delivers

| Mike O'Brien

Paris-based major 3PL Geodis is acquiring Need It Now Delivers, adding last-mile delivery principally on the east coast, a capability that was lacking for the contract logistics, freight and fulfillment provider as it looks to ramp up its penetration into ecommerce and omnichannel companies.

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Cross-Border Ecommerce: Facing Logistical Challenges, Seizing Opportunities

| Mike O'Brien

With worldwide cross-border ecommerce sales reaching as high as $2 trillion by 2030, the opportunity is hard to ignore, but there are logistical hurdles to overcome. The good news: provider networks have made it easier than ever for even SMBs to jump in. This MCM report taps cross-border experts to explore both the risks and rewards of cross-border ecommerce in 2022 and beyond.

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UPS Exceeds Q2 Targets but Sees Lower Volume

| Mike O'Brien

UPS exceeded its Q2 revenue and earnings projections, but lower volume due to consolidation steps, including reducing Amazon packages by contractual agreement, plus the challenged macro picture didn’t resonate well on Wall Street. UPS is also piloting a delivery density program for major retailers through an OMS partnership.

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Körber Supply Chain Acquiring Assets of enVista

| Mike O'Brien

Körber Supply Chain, a unit of Hamburg-based Körber AG, is acquiring order management and freight audit assets from enVista, with the KKR-backed joint venture looking to more than double to $1 billion in revenue in 5-6 years as it pursues larger firms like Manhattan Associates and Blue Yonder.

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Cross-Border Ecommerce: Assessing the Risks for SMBs

| Eduardo Lopez-Soriano

As you expand into international shipping, be prepared for the associated complexities of cross-border ecommerce logistics. Businesses that have successful international expansion stories are often those that took the time to lay the critical groundwork, ensuring they were well prepared to handle and address emerging risks.

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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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Blockchain Leads to Ecommerce Logistics Savings

| David Zartman

It’s no surprise that transmission of ecommerce logistics documents is turning digital, and in particular, via blockchain. It is a platform that seeks to connect the full ecommerce supply chain ecosystem from start to finish: Ports, ocean/air/rail/truck carriers, customs, freight forwarders, package shippers and more. The reward is massive.