Thomas Black

Business, Logistics, Top 100

Amazon-FedEx Split Sets Battle Lines in E-Commerce Delivery Feud

A FedEx Ground truck FedEx

FedEx Corp.’s retreat from handling packages for Amazon.com Inc. signals that the lines are being drawn in the battle over surging e-commerce shipments.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
August 8, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

New, More Agile Robots Speed Takeover of Jobs From Humans

Robots Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg News

Robots that can see, learn and grip different items are advancing quickly into the retail, food-and-beverage, and consumer-packaged-good industries. While deliveries of robots to the U.S. auto industry fell 12% last year, shipments to food and consumer-product companies soared 48%.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
July 12, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics, Top 50, Top 100

FedEx Lobs New Attack on Trade Limits as China Threat Looms

FedEx FedEx Corp.

FedEx Corp. has fired a new weapon in the simmering U.S.-China trade war, suing the Trump administration to block enforcement of trade restrictions that had placed the company in Beijing’s crosshairs.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
June 25, 2019
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous, Top 100

FedEx, UPS Strive to Automate Loading and Unloading Trucks

UPS Amazon boxes being loaded manually into a UPS delivery truck. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News)

As FedEx Corp. and UPS Inc. beef up automation to keep pace with surging e-commerce and a potential threat from Amazon.com, they’ve been stumped at a crucial stage: loading and unloading trucks.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
May 3, 2019
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous, Top 100

UPS Sees Payoff From $20 Billion Tech Bet, but Investors Remain Wary

UPS Kim Raff/Bloomberg News

UPS Inc. is counting on algorithms you can’t see to prove that investors were wrong to doubt its three-year, $20 billion technological makeover. It’s all part of CEO David Abney’s bet on squeezing out costs and becoming more nimble as UPS adjusts to surging e-commerce deliveries.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
April 23, 2019
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous, Top 100

UPS, Startup Begin First Regular Drone Deliveries in US

UPS An M2 delivery drone, manufactured by Matternet Inc. (Stefan Wermuth.Bloomberg News)

UPS Inc. and a startup drone partner began the first continuing commercial drone deliveries in the United States, making a short flight carrying a medical sample between North Carolina hospitals March 26.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
March 26, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics, Top 50

XPO’s Brad Jacobs Hits Brakes on M&As

XPO Logistics XPO Logistics CEO Brad Jacobs (Christopher Goodney/Bloomberg News)

After building a fortune and several businesses by buying company after company, XPO Logistics Inc. CEO Brad Jacobs is abandoning acquisitions, a principal reason many investors bought into the stock.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
February 19, 2019
Business, Technology, Logistics, Top 100

FedEx Introduces Way for Retailers to Outrace Amazon in Delivery

FedEx Truck Christopher Dilts/Bloomberg News

FedEx Corp., looking beyond Amazon.com Inc. for growth in e-commerce, is introducing a new late-night shipping option for retailers who want to speedily send orders directly to online customers.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
January 29, 2019
Business, Technology, Logistics, Top 50, Top 100

UPS Expands Keyless Apartment-Building Entry That Started in NYC

UPS Worker Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg News

United Parcel Service Inc. is expanding a keyless-entry system for package deliveries at apartment buildings after a successful test in New York and San Francisco.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
January 22, 2019
Business, Equipment, Logistics, Top 50, Top 100

Fleets Reap Riches by Expanding Into Last-Mile Service

Delivery Justin Osborne, driver for J.B. Hunt delivers kitchen appliance. (Sergio Flores/Bloomberg News)

Truck driver Justin Osborne pulled up to a house in the Dallas suburbs last month and started unloading an oven, a dishwasher and a microwave. His mission: Help J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. win the battle for new delivery riches spurred by e-commerce.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
January 9, 2019

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