Thomas Black

Government, Business, Logistics, Top 50, Top 100

UPS Expects 40% Jump in Vaccine Doses Next Week, Peak in May

A UPS truck exits a distribution center in Chicago in November 2020. (Christopher Dilts/Bloomberg News) A UPS truck exits a distribution center in Chicago in November 2020. (Christopher Dilts/Bloomberg News)

UPS Inc. and FedEx Corp. are ramping up vaccine distribution, with plans for additional gains if Johnson & Johnson’s inoculation is cleared by U.S. regulators.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
February 25, 2021
Business, Technology, Logistics, Top 50, Top 100

UPS Gives Old Jets New Life

UPS will install new cockpit computers in dozens of aging freight planes. (Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images) UPS will install new cockpit computers in dozens of aging freight planes. (Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images)

Imagine ripping out the dashboard of your 20-year-old minivan and replacing it with the high-tech controls from a Tesla.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
February 4, 2021
Business, Logistics, Top 50, Top 100

FedEx Adds New Fee for Big Shippers, Fueled by E-Commerce

Drivers for an independent contractor to FedEx unload a ground truck in Chicago. (Christopher Dilts/Bloomberg News) Drivers for an independent contractor to FedEx unload a ground truck in Chicago. (Christopher Dilts/Bloomberg News)

FedEx Corp. plans to add a new surcharge for its largest customers, citing higher pandemic-related costs and indicating that robust demand continues to give couriers considerable power to dictate prices.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
January 15, 2021
Business, Logistics

Rail Cargo Posts First Gain in Two Years as Consumer Goods Surge

CSX freight locomotives pull a train. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News) CSX freight locomotives pull a train. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News)

U.S. railroads are back, with freight volume posting the first quarterly gain in two years.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
December 29, 2020
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics, Top 100

UPS Says It Can Handle Vaccine Rollout, Holiday Parcel Rush

UPS trailers Christopher Dilts/Bloomberg

UPS Inc. said it has the capacity to handle the rollout of coronavirus vaccines and an unprecedented holiday package rush this month after investments in automation, tracking technology and dry-ice production.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
December 8, 2020
Business, Logistics, Top 50, Top 100

FedEx to Buy ShopRunner in E-Commerce Push

A FedEx employee carries a box before loading into a van at a coronavirus testing facility in New Jersey. A FedEx employee carries a box before loading into a van at a coronavirus testing facility in New Jersey on March 21. (Angus Mordant/Bloomberg News)

FedEx Corp. has agreed to acquire ShopRunner, an e-commerce service that provides shipping for more than 100 brands, as the courier seeks to deepen its ties with online shoppers.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
December 2, 2020
Business, Logistics

FedEx, UPS Feel Van Squeeze Amid E-Commerce Rush

A UPS driver sorts boxes in the back of a delivery van in New York. (Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg News) A UPS driver sorts boxes in the back of a delivery van in New York. (Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg News)

FedEx Corp. and UPS Inc. are running into a shortage of delivery vans, prompting a surprise cost squeeze that’s cutting into profits during a record surge in package volumes.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
November 25, 2020
Business, Logistics

UPS Will Make Dry Ice, Offer Freezers for Vaccine Distribution

UPS can make as much as 1,200 pounds of dry ice an hour near its Worldport air hub. UPS can make as much as 1,200 pounds of dry ice an hour near its Worldport air hub in Louisville, Ky. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News)

UPS Inc. has set up its own dry ice production and will provide portable, super-cold freezers to its health care customers as the courier prepares for the massive rollout of COVID-19 vaccines.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
November 24, 2020
Business, Technology, Logistics

UPS, FedEx Face Stress Test From Amazon’s ‘Christmas Creep’

A UPS delivery driver pushes a hand truck loaded with packages in San Francisco. A UPS delivery driver pushes a hand truck loaded with packages in San Francisco. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

FedEx Corp. and UPS Inc. are girding for their biggest test yet in the e-commerce era, with “Christmas Creep” pushing the holiday shopping season ever earlier and stretching the limits of shipping networks already strained by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
November 13, 2020
Government, Business, Logistics

FedEx Vows to Avoid Transport Bottlenecks When Vaccines Are Ready

A FedEx Boeing 767-300F cargo plane sits at the San Diego International Airport on April 27. A FedEx Boeing 767-300F cargo plane sits at the San Diego International Airport on April 27. (Bing Guan/Bloomberg News)

FedEx Corp. is pledging to avoid transportation logjams when a massive operation begins to deliver a coronavirus vaccine.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
November 2, 2020

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