Government, Business

US Mulls Global Parcel Fee Change as Part of Contraband Fight

A customer wraps a USPS priority mail package at a post office in Maryland in 2017. A customer wraps a USPS priority mail package at a post office in Maryland in 2017. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Jan. 31 designed to combat the flow of foreign counterfeit goods sold on e-commerce platforms like the websites of Amazon .com Inc., eBay Inc. and Walmart Inc.

Justin Sink | Bloomberg News
February 3, 2020
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

UPS to Expand Service, Capacity, Add Operation Hours

UPS A UPS driver makes a delivery. The company said weekend network enhancements will expand residential and commercial Saturday volumes by reaching an additional 40 million U.S. consumers. (UPS Inc.)

UPS Inc. rolled out a series of offerings Jan. 29 aimed at improving service to small and midsize businesses, including an extension of weekend operations.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
January 29, 2020
Business, Logistics

FedEx Ground Begins FedEx Home Delivery on Sundays

FedEx Ground truck and driver in snow next to house FedEx said that during the 2019 peak holiday shipping season, FedEx Ground experienced 42% year-over-year growth in FedEx Home Delivery package volume. (FedEx)

FedEx Ground has launched year-round Sunday deliveries for its residential FedEx Home Delivery service for the majority of the U.S. population, according to parent company FedEx Corp.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
January 22, 2020
Business, Logistics

Americans Hit Fresh Online-Buying Milestone in 2019

Amazon boxes David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News

Online shopping in the U.S. hit a new milestone in 2019, with a key metric surpassing every major category of brick-and-mortar stores except for big-ticket autos.

Scott Lanman | Bloomberg News
January 16, 2020
Business, Technology, Logistics

Rising Product Returns Put Pressure on Retailers to Optimize Reverse Logistics

UPS sorting facility A UPS sorting facility. Returns of online orders continue to grow. Satish Jindel, founder of SJ Consulting Group, cited estimates that the cost of returns reached $500 billion in 2019. (UPS)

As online shopping continues to increase, so, too, are product returns. To help meet this rising demand for reverse logistics, transportation providers are adding services to simplify product returns for shippers and consumers while also increasing efficiency.

Mindy Long | Contributing Writer
January 3, 2020

Cyber Monday Spending Climbs 20% to Record $9.4 Billion

Cyber Monday Getty Images

U.S. shoppers spent $9.4 billion online on Cyber Monday — up almost 20% from a year ago and a record — boosting an already robust holiday shopping season.

Spencer Soper | Bloomberg News
December 4, 2019
Business, Technology, Logistics

Walmart Receives Outside Interest in JetBlack Unit

Exterior of a Walmart building Walmart is mulling the future of JetBlack, its text-based concierge shopping service for busy urban families. (Shutterstock)

Walmart Inc. is weighing the future of JetBlack, a pet project of its online chief that was the first business to emerge from its internal incubation arm.

Matthew Boyle | Bloomberg News
September 26, 2019
Business, Logistics

Amazon Tests ‘Top Brand’ Label for Some Big-Name Fashion Sellers

Amazon box on conveyor belt A "top brand" label could help ease tensions between Amazon and big-name companies. Amazon accounts for about 40% of online sales in the U.S. (Bess Adler/Bloomberg News)

Amazon.com Inc. is designating products sold by certain companies as “top brands,” a test that if widely implemented could ease tension between the online retail giant and big-name companies used to favorable positioning at brick-and-mortar retailers.

Matt Day | Bloomberg News
August 16, 2019
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

Shopify Rally Continues After Sales, Outlook Beat Estimates

Shopify Cole Burston/Bloomberg News

Shopify Inc. shares continued their rally Aug. 1 after the Canadian e-commerce company reported second-quarter sales that beat analysts’ average estimate and gave a more optimistic full-year outlook.

Simran Jagdev | Bloomberg News
August 1, 2019