Thomas Black

Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

FedEx Seeks to Add Small Self-Flying Planes for Remote Areas

A FedEx cargo plane sits parked at San Diego International Airport on April 27. A FedEx cargo plane sits parked at San Diego International Airport on April 27. (Bing Guan/Bloomberg News)

FedEx Corp. is looking at using small self-flying cargo planes to serve remote areas after experimenting with a technology startup on autonomous aircraft, CEO Fred Smith said.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
September 21, 2020
Business, Logistics, Top 50, Top 100

UPS Holiday Season Hiring Will Top 100,000 Amid E-Commerce Boom

UPS plans to hire more than 100,000 seasonal works to weather the holiday season. UPS plans to hire more than 100,000 seasonal works to weather the holiday season. (Ken James/Bloomberg News)

UPS Inc. said it will hire more than 100,000 seasonal workers to help handle an expected avalanche of holiday packages from online orders this year as shoppers avoid stores during the coronavirus pandemic.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
September 9, 2020
Business, Logistics

FedEx to Increase Peak Hiring 27% for ‘Unprecedented’ Season

A FedEx delivery truck is unloaded A FedEx delivery truck is unloaded. (Neill Cooper/Bloomberg News)

FedEx Corp. plans to hire about 70,000 seasonal workers to handle the holiday surge of packages, a 27% increase from last year’s peak, in what is expected to be an unprecedented level of delivery demand.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
September 3, 2020
Business, Logistics

UPS, FedEx Out to Prove They Can Profit in Holiday Season

A UPS delivery driver in Louisville, Ky. A UPS delivery driver wears a protective mask while driving a truck in Louisville, Ky. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News)

UPS Inc. and FedEx Corp., riding high from record package deliveries amid the coronavirus pandemic, are moving on to their next objective: showing investors they can boost profit in the approaching onslaught of the holidays.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
August 20, 2020
Business, Logistics, Top 50, Top 100

FedEx Joins UPS, USPS in Adding Fees as Holiday Delivery Surge Looms

FedEx said on Aug. 18 it would add a surcharge ahead of the holiday season. A worker unloads packages from a FedEx delivery truck in New York. The company joins UPS and USPS in adding a delivery surcharge ahead of the holiday season. (Michael Nagle/Bloomberg News)

FedEx Corp. is joining a rush to apply extra holiday fees on high-volume shippers as couriers brace for a new jump in residential deliveries during the year-end peak season.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
August 18, 2020
Business, Logistics

UPS to Levy Holiday Surcharges as Home Deliveries Climb

UPS delivery trucks. (Ken James/Bloomberg News)

United Parcel Service Inc. will apply hefty surcharges on its biggest customers during the holiday peak season to help manage an avalanche of residential deliveries spurred by the coronavirus pandemic.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
August 7, 2020
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Honeywell Proposes Technology-Led Future for Flight Safety

Passengers queue according to social distancing measures at the Madrid Barajas airport in Spain on May 20. Passengers queue according to social distancing measures at the Madrid Barajas airport in Spain on May 20. (Paul Hanna/Bloomberg News)

Honeywell International Inc. has been thinking about what it will take to coax people back onto airplanes. A virus-killing robot that can patrol empty aisles between flights, zapping out ultraviolet light, makes a good start.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
May 20, 2020
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

UPS to Fly Medications by Drone to Florida Retirement Community

Andreas Raptopoulos, CEO of UPS partner Matternet, walks next to an operator carrying a drone used for medical specimens delivery in North Carolina in March 2019. Andreas Raptopoulos, CEO of UPS partner Matternet, walks next to an operator carrying a drone used for medical specimens delivery in North Carolina in March 2019. (Jonathan Drew/Associated Press)

UPS Inc. will use drones to fill prescriptions for residents of The Villages in Florida, one of the country’s biggest retirement communities, amid a lockdown to halt the coronavirus.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
April 27, 2020
Business, Logistics

Truckers Bolstered by Demand Surge, but Shakeout Looms

Truckers wait to enter the Port of Oakland on March 19. Truckers wait to enter the Port of Oakland on March 19. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

U.S. trucking companies are riding a surge in cargo demand from consumers stockpiling basic goods, but it may not last long.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
March 24, 2020
Business, Safety

UPS, FedEx Ease Signature Rules to Protect Against Virus

(Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News) Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

FedEx Corp. and UPS Inc. are dropping the normal signature rules for package deliveries to protect customers and workers as the coronavirus outbreak worsens.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
March 17, 2020

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