FedEx, Microsoft Strike Technology Partnership in Shot at Amazon

| Mike O'Brien

Now that it’s detached itself from Amazon, FedEx has entered into a multiyear agreement with Amazon’s cloud computing rival Microsoft, with the first offering using the latter’s real-time intelligence capabilities to provide FedEx shippers with greater visibility into transit time issues. Other solutions will be announced later this year.

Last Mile Tech Drives the DTC Customer Experience During COVID-19

| May Walter

When DTC brands are able to understand and implement last mile technology providing greater visibility and transparency, they put themselves in a position where they can control the customers’ experience from start to finish, ultimately enhancing it in every way possible. Here are three ways to boost the last-mile experience.

Political Battle Over USPS Future, Fed Bailout Continues as Mail Declines

| Mike O'Brien

While the USPS gets tossed around like a political football and threatens insolvency without more federal aid, the agency continues to report poor results as already lower mail rates have fallen through the floor due to coronavirus. Meantime, Trump ally, donor and fundraiser Louis DeJoy will be the new Postmaster General.

7 Strategies to Help You Reduce Subscription Box Shipping Costs

| Nicole Lee

Parcels are small, but have a big bottom-line impact for subscription box businesses. Whether you’re sending curated boxes, doing replenishment or ecommerce orders, shipping puts pressure on limited transportation budgets. If cost are getting proportionately higher, it’s time to reevaluate your parcel management approach.

Flytrex Begins Backyard Drone Delivery Pilot from a Walmart in ND

| Mike O'Brien

Israeli drone startup Flytrex has begun a pilot program making backyard deliveries from a Walmart in Grand Forks, ND to about a dozen nearby homes, looking to expand the program to further-out properties there in the months ahead while keeping to current FAA restrictions to line-of-sight piloting.

Last Mile Service Providers Seeing Huge Coronavirus Demand Spikes

| Mike O'Brien

Amidst the massive pivot to online during the coronavirus crisis, providers of last mile delivery services are seeing huge growth in demand from various kinds of merchants, as house-bound consumers are ordering away for both essential and nonessential items. Demand is coming from a variety of sources, including stores, SMBs and CPGs.

USPS Asking Congress for $75 Billion to Avoid Liquidity Crisis

| Mike O'Brien

The USPS is asking Congress for $75B to avoid a liquidity crisis this fall, including $25 billion each for a cash infusion, for upgrades and modernization and for unrestricted borrowing authority, according to Government Executive. The USPS had already been in a bad position before the crisis, with even parcel growth falling off.

Amazon to Halt Shipping Service for 3P Sellers Due to Coronavirus Demand

| Mike O'Brien

Amazon plans to halt its Amazon Shipping service that competes directly with FedEx and UPS, the Wall Street Journal is reporting, diverting workers to over-maxed fulfillment operations for its own business. Amazon Shipping is only active in a few cities. The company is working with shippers to limit the amount of disruption.

Seismic Shifts Bringing a New Normal to Ecommerce Operations and Fulfillment

| Mike O'Brien

What will the world of ecommerce operations and fulfillment look like after World Health Organization declares the COVID-19 pandemic ends? The answer, like predictions of that date, is uncertain. But industry experts firmly believe that the seismic shifts that began in February 2020 will create a new normal in ecommerce operations.

How Is Your Ecommerce Business Adjusting to Coronavirus? Let Us Know

| Mike O'Brien

Reality as we know it has been interrupted. Our entire lives have been put on hold. And it’s not a great feeling. How has this impacted you? While you’re working from home, carve out a quick minute to answer this Multichannel Merchant survey: https://bit.ly/341qzM4 and share the effect COVID-19 has had on your business.