Holiday Shipping

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 | Associate News Editor
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
Business, TCA

UPS Hiring 100,000 for Holiday Shipping Season

A UPS worker at a distribution center A worker prepares orders at a UPS Inc. distribution center in Atlanta. (Robin Nelson/Bloomberg)

UPS announced that it is hiring about 100,000 temporary workers for the holiday shipping season.

September 17, 2018
Business, Logistics

Retailers Balance Post-Holiday Returns Between In-Store and 3PL Options

Returns Gunnar Rathbun/AP Images

In November and December, online shoppers surfed their favorite websites and sent holiday gifts to the front doors of homes nationwide. In January, the last-mile supply chain shifts in reverse as Americans return the items they don’t like.

Ari Ashe | Staff Reporter
December 26, 2017
Business, Technology

UPS Returns Manager Tool Launches in US

UPS driver delivers packages David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News

UPS announced that it will offer UPS Returns Manager, a free online tool that allows e-commerce merchants to customize return shipments.

August 14, 2017
Business, Logistics

Holiday Online Orders Have Shippers in Highest Gear

Vincent Desjardins/Flickr

The holiday shipping season is in overdrive now, with the next two Mondays expected to be among the busiest of the year.

Gail MarksJarvis | Chicago Tribune
December 14, 2015
Business, Logistics

Growth of Web-Based Sales Lifts Start of Holiday Season

Michael Nagle/Bloomberg News

The early holiday shipping season featured more online purchases, which could help to ensure smooth package delivery flow, experts said.

Rip Watson | Special to Transport Topics
December 7, 2015
Business, Logistics

Return of Seasonal Shipping Peak Brightens Fleets’ Holiday Outlook

Truckers and other carriers are reporting a seasonal pickup in freight volumes this fall that is in sharp contrast to 2009, when the recession ravaged cargo volumes, experts said.

October 17, 2010