Holiday Shipping

Business, Logistics

US Online Holiday Spending Grows at Slowest Rate in Seven Years

US Online Holiday Spending Grows at Slowest Rate in Seven Years Parcels in front of a customer's door. (TriggerPhoto/Getty)

Online shopping for holiday gifts last year in the U.S. grew at the slowest rate since at least 2014, according to Adobe Analytics, after a blowout year in 2020.

Jordyn Holman | Bloomberg News
January 12, 2022
Business, Logistics, TCA

Return to Sender: Gift Returns Swamping Shippers

Return to Sender: Gift Returns Swamping Shippers An employee arranges packages on a conveyor belt at the main post office in Omaha, Neb. (Nati Harnik/Associated Press)

Last week, customers at the UPS Store in Seattle’s Interbay neighborhood got a pretty good demonstration of what the global supply chain looks like when you try to run it backward.

Paul Roberts | The Seattle Times
January 10, 2022
Business, Technology

Cyber Monday Misses Estimates on Short Supply, Weak Deals

Cyber Monday Misses Estimates on Short Supply, Weak Deals Bins move along a conveyor at an Amazon fulfillment center on Cyber Monday in Robbinsville, N.J. (Michael Nagle/Bloomberg)

Final sales for Cyber Monday fell short of estimates and didn’t surpass last year’s record as lackluster sales and scarce inventory kept shoppers from breaking out their credit cards during the start of the holiday shopping season.

Spencer Soper | Bloomberg News
November 30, 2021
Government, Business, Logistics, TCA

USPS Hires Hundreds, Leases Extra Space for Holidays

USPS Hires Hundreds, Leases Extra Space for Holidays A USPS employee takes mail out of a truck for delivery in New York. (Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg)

A year after COVID-19 staff shortages delayed mail and packages, the U.S. Postal Service says it is ready for the expected rush of holiday packages and cards.

William Thornton | Alabama Media Group
November 23, 2021
Business, Logistics, Top 100, TCA

UPS, FedEx, USPS Set Holiday Shipping Dates

December 2021 calendar Calendar by alf255/Getty Images

Though it’s not yet Halloween, delivery companies UPS Inc., FedEx Corp. and the U.S. Postal Service have released their recommended deadlines to ship packages in time for the holidays.

Lauren Zumbach | Chicago Tribune
October 12, 2021
Business, Logistics, Top 100

Carriers Face Compounded Demand This Holiday Season

UPS holiday delivery A UPS driver delivers a package in Chicago. (Christopher Dilts/Bloomberg)

The trucking industry, working since March to replenish inventories depleted by the coronavirus, now has to grapple with holiday season demand.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
December 3, 2020
Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous

XPO Robots Assist UK Workers With Holiday Volumes

An XPO warehouse An XPO Logistics warehouse. The company says it invests about $550 million annually in innovation. (XPO Logistics)

XPO Logistics has increased its use of robots in the United Kingdom in anticipation of holiday retail volumes, the Connecticut-based company said in a Nov. 19 news release.

November 19, 2019
Business, Logistics, Top 50, Top 100, TCA

Online Holiday Shopping Expected to Logjam Delivery

USPS Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

Delivery companies are warning shoppers to send holiday gifts and make online purchases within the next 10 days as a record number of packages are expected to be delivered.

Holly Shively | Daily News (Dayton, Ohio)
December 10, 2018

Pressure on Shippers to Import Product Before Onset of Tariffs

Port of L.A. cranes, trucks and containers Trucks queue up for containers at the Port of Los Angeles, which recorded its sixth-busiest month ever in August ahead of the onset of tariffs on products from China. (Jae C. Hong/Associated Press)

With a strong U.S. economy, a tight freight market and a looming trade war, industry experts believe shippers have been rushing to get products into the United States several weeks early — ahead of tariffs being implemented by the Trump administration and before the approaching holiday shopping season ramps up.

Dan Ronan | Senior Reporter
September 21, 2018
Government, Business

Parcel Giants, Logistics Companies Announce Hiring Plans Ahead of Holiday Season

FedEx distribution center on Cyber Monday Packages move along conveyor belts as employees work at the FedEx Corp. shipping center in Chicago on Cyber Monday in 2017. (Christopher Dilts/Bloomberg News)

Several of the shipping industry’s largest entities have unveiled their plans for holiday season hires. The temporary employees will help support an anticipated increase in packages beginning in November and continuing through January.

Joe Antoshak | Staff Writer
September 17, 2018