Archive for FedEx

This Week in Logistics News (January 11 – 17)

One hundred and one years ago Wednesday, a bizarre disaster struck the city of Boston: the Great Molasses Flood. The disaster has also been known as Boston Molasses Disaster, the Great Boston Molasses Flood, or, in a clever play on words, the Boston Molassacre. In the North End, a storage tank filled with 2.3 million gallons of molasses burst, sending a 25 foot tall wave of molasses through the streets at speeds of 35 miles […]

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Amazon to Take On FedEx and UPS

Amazon is building a new Air Hub in Ohio. Amazon’s end goal is to deliver packages for itself and other retailers. This puts it into competition with FedEx and UPS.

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Is Amazon Building a First Mover Advantage in Logistics?

Amazon undoubtedly reaped first mover advantages in e-commerce. In recent years we have seen Amazon make giant investments in logistics assets. Are those investments aimed at making their traditional business more “profitable” or are they designed to turn Amazon into a leading logistics company?

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This Week in Logistics News (October 24 – 30)

Tomorrow is Halloween. Pumpkins have been carved, pumpkin seeds have been roasted, candy has been bought (and opened, eaten, and more has been bought), and costumes have been purchased or made. And tomorrow, children across the land will go door to door asking for candy, while dressed in these scary, funny, cute, or ridiculous costumes. It’s certainly one of my favorite holidays of the year. But there is so much planning that goes into the […]

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This Week in Logistics News (September 26 – October 2)

Sunday night brought a lunar eclipse. But this wasn’t any ordinary lunar eclipse. This was a total lunar eclipse of a super moon (a super full moon). A rising super full moon looks much larger than a normal full moon as it is closer to the Earth. Total eclipses of super full moons are not exactly common. In fact, the last one occurred in 1982 and the next will not occur until October 8, 2033. […]

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This Week in Logistics News (April 4 – 10)

Yesterday morning, I had a nice relaxing cup of coffee outside and finally enjoyed some warm weather. That’s because I spent most of the week in Atlanta attending a conference. Well, in reality it was three conferences wrapped up in one: Home Delivery World, Click & Collect Show USA, and ETail Show USA. The three conferences shared a common venue as well as common keynotes, but each had their own respective breakout sessions focused home […]

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E-Commerce Growth Brings Last Mile Headaches

During the second half of 2014, Clint Reiser and I worked on an extensive survey examining the omni-channel commerce landscape. One of the key findings from that research was on the growth of e-commerce. According to our research, the lion’s share of revenue is still driven by the store. Brick and mortar locations accounted for approximately 67% of all revenue for our survey respondents. However, when looking at revenue growth, our research tells us a […]

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It’s the Final Countdown for UPS, FedEx, and the Postal Service

With the Christmas holiday just a week away, retailers and shippers are scrambling to make sure that their supply chain networks are firing on all cylinders for seamless deliveries. And if things couldn’t get more hectic, today is Free Shipping Day. To date, nearly 1,200 merchants are participating in the event, from big box retailers to niche consumer goods companies. With the busiest shipping day just around the corner (Monday, December 22), let’s take a […]

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Amazon and Drones – Are They Nuts? How This Can Work

You probably saw the 60 minutes segment on Amazon with Bezo’s revelation of its drone project.  More recently, Fred Smith said FedEx has several drone studies underway.  UPS has chimed in too stating it has drone research.  Are they all nuts?  No.  Here is why. During the holiday season, internet purchases were reported to have grown 20+% year over year.  Compounded, that doubles within four years.  Using current methods, could there be a corresponding doubling […]

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Guest Commentary: Parcel Shipping Outlook for 2014

As we enter the busy peak season for shipping, it’s amazing to think of the changes and trends that started taking hold in 2013. The buzzword of the year was “omni-channel fulfillment, as retailers attempt to create a superior customer shopping experience across multiple channels, including online, mobile devices, brick-and-mortar, direct mail, and catalog. Retailers are responding to customer demands for better experience, better access, and better choice. Enabling new fulfillment strategies – such as […]

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