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Amazon lowers minimum for free shipping to $35

February 19, 2017

Retail giant Amazon apparently doesn’t want Walmart to offer a better deal on shipping.  Without promotion, Amazon has lowered the minimum required for free two-day US shipping from $49 to $35, something The Verge noticed this weekend and reported on Sunday. That threshold applies to shoppers who are not Prime members, and the minimum for free shipping on books remains $25.  An Amazon spokeswoman confirmed it “recently” lowered the minimum price for free shipping, but decline to specify when the change took place or why it made the move….more

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Will Amazon Revolutionize Shipping?

February 14, 2017

For consumers, Amazon’s made shipping easy: Just choose the desired delivery date for your goodies and click. For the manufacturers who have to get those products to you, however, shipping remains a troublesome, inefficient, stubbornly analog business. Your “one-click” often translates into multiple phone calls, emails, faxes and reams of paperwork — all coordinated by a knowledgeable and well-connected professional….more

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Same-day shipping is key to fighting Amazon

February 13, 2017

A new study from L2 found that a quarter of shoppers would abandon a cart online if same-day shipping wasn’t available, indicating that customers increasingly expect short delivery times.  That’s a problem for most retailers, since only one-fifth of sellers offer same-day delivery, and those that do tend to charge exorbitantly high prices for it. As shipping windows continue to narrow — 96% of customers consider “fast” to mean same-day shipping — there’s clear demand for cheap, same-day delivery that retailers could capitalize on…more

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Amazon’s delivery drones could drop packages with parachutes

February 13, 2017

Amazon’s much-anticipated (and long time coming) drone deliveries might technically finally be happening, but a new patent spotted by CNN suggests your next book or box-set might actually arrive via parachute. There are many practical, legal and technical challenges that drone deliveries present — and getting the parcel on the ground is just one of them…more

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New FedEx Fulfillment aims to meet logistics needs of small and medium retail shippers

February 7, 2017

Transportation and logistics bellwether FedEx said this week that its FedEx Supply Chain subsidiary (formerly GENCO) has rolled out a new offering, entitled FedEx Fulfillment.  Company officials described FedEx Fulfillment as an e-commerce service that helps small and medium-sized shippers fulfill orders from multiple channels like Websites and online marketplaces, as well as manage inventory for retail stores. And they added that the new FedEx Fulfillment enables these shippers to realize profitable and scalable growth through various mediums, including warehousing, fulfillment, packaging, transportation, and reverse logistics. A core component of FedEx Fulfillment is its SaaS-based platform, as well as FedEx’ transportation networks…more

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Amazon’s earnings highlight expanding logistics network

February 6, 2017

Amazon reported revenue of $43.7 billion in Q4 2016, up from $35.7 billion in Q4 2015, but below Wall Street expectations of $44.6 billion.  Although lighter than anticipated, the company’s fourth-quarter performance helped drive strong growth for the year — revenue topped $136 billion in 2016, up from $107 billion in 2015.  Meanwhile, Amazon’s global retail sales were $32.1 billion in Q4, up from $25.8 billion in the comparable 2015 period. The company delivered a far greater number of orders itself, and plans to further invest in its expanding logistics network…more

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Venture Capitalists and Agile Start-Ups Pumping Billions into Disrupting Traditional Postal Delivery Services, Accenture Report Finds

January 31, 2017

Billions of dollars in venture-capital funding have poured into the post and parcel industry in the last two years, driven by the continued popularity of e-commerce and increased competitiveness in hyper-local, start-up delivery models, according to a new report from Accenture (ACN). The report, The New Delivery Reality: Achieving High Performance in the Post and Parcel Industry, shows that venture- capital funding of supply chain and logistics start-ups, integral to delivery services, has increased more than 10-fold in the last three years, from US$266 million in 2013 to US$2.78 billion in 2016.  The number of deals and the size of funding for those deals also increased, according to the report. In 2013, there were 52 deals supporting supply chain and logistics, totaling about US$266 million, or roughly US$5.1 million per deal. Two years later, the average deal cost was valued at US$6.4 million. But, by the first quarter of 2016, US$1.75 billion was spent on just 36 deals, an average of US$49.7 million per deal, the study shows…more

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Wal-Mart scraps Amazon Prime competitor in favor of new free shipping tactic

January 31, 2017

Wal-Mart is scrapping its ShippingPass program, a fee-based, two-day shipping service it was testing to compete with Amazon’s Prime. Instead, the world’s largest retailer will offer free two-day shipping on more than 2 million items when shoppers spend at least $35. That’s down from its previous spending threshold of $50, and its prior delivery window of three to five days. The shift is one of the first major changes Marc Lore has made at Wal-Mart since the retailer purchased his start-up, Jet.com, last year…more

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The bold proposal to transform the USPS into tool for fighting food insecurity

January 12, 2017

Graduate students from the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts and the Brown School at the Washington University in St. Louis have been named the winners of the UrbanSOS: Fair Share Competition. The competition, led by AECOM and the Van Alen Institute, asked entrants to design for the sharing economy while addressing critical urban issues.  The winning entry, First Class Meal, proposes to revitalize an underutilized United States Postal Service (USPS) post office, turning it into a resource for storing and redistributing surplus food. The proposal calls for a pairing of mobile technology with the distribution network of the USPS…more

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Amazon to Create 100,000 New Jobs in U.S. in Next 18 Months

January 12, 2017

Amazon.com Inc. said it plans to hire more than 100,000 people in the U.S. in the next 18 months, becoming the latest company to announce hiring plans in the wake of Donald Trump’s election.  The staffing up isn’t particularly surprising for a company pushing into multiple categories from groceries to hardware, online video, fashion, cloud services and multiple tiers of delivery. But the hiring could also appease Trump, who has prioritized job creation and tangled with Amazon Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos during the election campaign…more

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You’ll Soon Be Able to Pick Up FedEx Packages From Walgreens

January 11, 2017

The arms race between delivery services looking to expand their network of service points just got more intense. FedEx said on Wednesday it had signed a multi-year deal with drugstore operator Walgreens Boots Alliance (WHA) that will add about 8,000 Walgreens stores as points of service delivery. After what FedEx called a “small-scale” this spring, drop-off and pick up of pre-packaged and pre-labeledwill be available at almost all Walgreens stores by the fall of 2018…more

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Amazon’s aggressive warehouse and shipping strategy is paying off

January 10, 2017

Convenience is becoming more important to shoppers at a time when retail is increasingly shifting to e-commerce. And one reason Amazon.com Inc. is such a formidable competitor in the e-commerce space is its ability to fulfill even last-minute shipping needs with the efficiency shoppers increasingly crave. Market Track in its 2016 holiday shopping review highlighted Amazon’s AMZN, -0.10% free same-day or one-day delivery offer on eligible orders over $35…more

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It’s Official: Online Holiday Sales Break Record — Tech Roundup

January 6, 2017

Maersk, the world’s largest container shipping line, has teamed up with Alibaba to allow customers to reserve space on its vessels through the Chinese company, illustrating growing cooperation between e-commerce and logistics firms. Maersk, a unit of Denmark’s A.P. Moller-Maersk, began offering the service to Chinese shippers on Alibaba’s OneTouch booking website on Dec. 22, a spokeswoman for the shipping line said on Wednesday. Shippers traditionally go through freight forwarders to book space for goods on container vessels, but lines such as Maersk are allowing cargo owners to book directly via the internet. For their part, e-commerce companies are increasingly venturing into logistics activities to try to gain better control over their supply chain networks…more

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Alibaba Is Teaming Up with This Shipping Giant

January 5, 2017

Maersk, the world’s largest container shipping line, has teamed up with Alibaba to allow customers to reserve space on its vessels through the Chinese company, illustrating growing cooperation between e-commerce and logistics firms. Maersk, a unit of Denmark’s A.P. Moller-Maersk, began offering the service to Chinese shippers on Alibaba’s OneTouch booking website on Dec. 22, a spokeswoman for the shipping line said on Wednesday. Shippers traditionally go through freight forwarders to book space for goods on container vessels, but lines such as Maersk are allowing cargo owners to book directly via the internet. For their part, e-commerce companies are increasingly venturing into logistics activities to try to gain better control over their supply chain networks…more

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Amazon is granted a patent for using a subterranean network to deliver packages

January 4, 2017

Maybe it shouldn’t be that surprising that Amazon has patented a system for delivering goods via a dedicated network of underground tunnels. After all, the Seattle-based company is looking into virtually every other mode of transportation. But the idea seem ambitious, even for America’s largest online retailer.  Amazon has experimented with delivery services that make use of autonomous drones, bicycle couriers and branded fleets of airplanes and trucks. There’s talk of self-driving trucks, flying warehouses and a system that would let drones hitchhike on trucks and buses. Even the patent for Amazon’s Treasure Truck leaves the door open for Treasure Boats as well. Amazon’s patent application for a dedicated network delivery system, above or below ground, was filed almost three years ago. The patent was finally issued and published a little more than a month ago…more

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Amazon’s Holiday Shipping Rush Brings Growing Pains

December 23, 2016

This holiday season, Amazon is dealing with an unprecedented number of orders. Although sales figures haven’t been released yet, the e-commerce giant announced in November that it expects record-setting sales for third-party sellers on Amazon. In addition, ShipMatrix, a shipping consultancy, estimates Amazon will send out more than 7 million packages daily during the pre-Christmas season in the U.S. alone, with a total of approximately 220 million packages—a 27% increase over last year.  That high shipping volume is taking place at the same time that Amazon is building an ambitious package delivery network of its own to wean itself off carriers like UPS, FedEx, and the U.S. Postal Service, and perhaps even compete with them. That combination is putting strains on the e-commerce giant…more

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Drone News & Update: French Postal Service Delivers Mail Via Drone Service

December 23, 2016

The French postal service will soon start using a drone and hopes that the trials of their new drone delivery program will eventually lead to a full-scale postal service that delivers mail and parcels to far-flung remote areas in the country.  According to Recode.net, the French postal service Le Groupe La Poste will soon conduct trials of a new drone mail delivery program after it was granted approval from the French aviation regulatory authority. The DPDgroup, a subsidiary of the French national postal service, has been working on a drone delivery project since 2014. The French agency has also teamed up with a French drone specialist, Atechsys…more

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Chinese Blockchain Application Sub-Committee to explore blockchain in logistics and supply chain

December 22, 2016

Chinese Blockchain startup, logistics companies, and financial institutions have formed Blockchain Application Sub-Committee that was previously initiated by the China Federation of Logistics & Purchasing last week at the 2016 Fintech Global Summit.  The Sub-Committee aims to focus on the promotion of blockchain technology in logistics by introducing blockchain technology and business training, R&D standards of blockchain for logistics, blockchain-based company credit mechanism and finally the total upgrading and re-direction of the logistics supply-chain industry, the release stated…more

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USPS made an ornament that displays package tracking updates

December 21, 2016

Shipping presents to loved ones during the busy holiday months can be a stressful endeavor, but the US Postal Service is testing something new this year that puts a seasonal spin on the task. Officially called “The Most Wonderful Ornament,” the Christmas decoration changes color as the the status of your package is updated. When your package is out for delivery, the ornament lights up blue. Red means the box has been dropped off and green will glow when the recipient has opened it…more

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Here’s Why Amazon Might Be Focusing On A Logistics Business

December 19, 2016

Reports suggest that Amazon is building an app that matches truck drivers with shippers, which is scheduled to be launched in the summer of 2017. This app is designed to make it easier for truck drivers to find shippers and eliminates the need of third party brokers who usually charge a 15% commission for these services. The trucking market is estimated at $800 billion and this appears to be part of Amazon’s plan to become a full-fledged logistics company. By controlling the entire logistics chain Amazon can significantly reduce delivery costs in its e-commerce segment and work towards faster and more efficient deliveries. Based on its logistics experience, this venture can become another revenue stream for the company and generate a return on its heavy investments in the logistics space…more

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From Click to Customer Delivery in 13 minutes, Amazon’s Prime Air Drone Trial Begins

December 14, 2016

Amazon is pushing forward with its plans for a drone delivery fleet. Today it announced that it’s begun deliveries to two customers in the UK, and will be expanding that to dozens, possibly hundreds, in the coming months. The service is restricted to small items for now, focusing on delivering packages up to five pounds in 30 minutes or less. On December 7th, 2016, Prime Air delivered its first order – an Amazon Fire TV and bag of popcorn – using a highly automated drone. According to a press release, it took 13 minutes from customer click to package delivery at a home near Cambridge, UK…more

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Logistics technology: Where is it headed?

December 12, 2016

For years, the mantra in logistics was “information about the shipment is more important than the shipment itself.” That may be a stretch: You don’t go to the store for a carton of data. That being said, information technology (IT) has never been more pervasive in this business than it is today. It is no longer about automating manual processes. It is about leveraging data to make everyone’s business better. That is a quantum leap…more

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First UPS U.S. Delivery eBike Debuts in Portland, Ore

December 9, 2016

UPS has announced its first eBike in the U.S. This new electrically-assisted tricycle began delivering packages in Portland, Ore., on November 21. UPS anticipates this eBike prototype could become a component of its delivery capabilities in some other cities across the country. The deployment of the eBike is part of UPS’s ongoing commitment to reduce carbon emissions as city populations and e-commerce grow, and traffic, noise and air quality challenges continue to rise…more

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FedEx CEO: Tearing up NAFTA would be ‘catastrophic’

December 9, 2016

In some of the sharpest remarks since Trump’s victory, FedEx CEO Fred Smith warned about the dangers of clamping down on free trade, especially tearing up NAFTA, the free trade agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada. Getting out of NAFTA “would be catastrophic for the U.S. economy,” Smith said at a meeting on national competitiveness in Washington on Friday.
“Trade has made America great,” Smith said. Going the other way “would be a severe mistake with enormous consequences for America and the world.”  He pointed out that 25% of U.S. manufacturing jobs depend on shipments abroad. Overall, trade supports 40 million jobs in America..more

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Amazon Go store won’t replace humans — but it could improve ‘dreadful’ self-checkout, investor says

December 5, 2016

While Amazon’s new shopping experiment is already prompting doomsday headlines for retail workers, human employees are still key to the retail experience, one technology investor told CNBC..more

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Robots offer huge potential in delivery logistics

November 30, 2016

The Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (IML) has – on behalf of ZF Friedrichshafen AG – examined the expectations of end customers, legal and spatial frameworks, as well as technical trends and their effects in a 360-degree study. Across four chapters, the authors investigate factors such as electromobility, automation and digital networking, and how these may be involved in reshaping last-mile logistics to be cleaner, safer and more punctual. The ZF-Future Study 2016 is the third study on the subject of long-distance transport and was again conceived in cooperation with EuroTransportMedia Verlags- und Veranstaltungs-GmbH..more

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Finland’s Postal Service Goes Above And Beyond Delivering Mail

November 28, 2016

To supplement the declining mail business, the state-owned service is offering buddy walks for the elderly. For about $73, customers can order a buddy who will help them walk in slippery conditions…more

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FedEx, UPS expect record season

November 28, 2016

FedEx Corp. and United Parcel Service Inc. expect to set another record for packages handled this holiday season, fueled by an estimated 17 percent jump in online spending. Mondays will bear more of the crunch than ever before. The start of online holiday shopping will trigger a surge making each Monday from today through Dec. 19 among the busiest days in FedEx’s history, said Patrick Fitzgerald, the company’s senior vice president of integrated marketing and communications. The deluge is heightened as more retailers use store inventory to fulfill online weekend orders — and need to replenish their merchandise Monday while also shipping out parcels to customers…more

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South Africa: SA Looks to Modernise Postal Network

November 28, 2016

The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services has met with the Universal Postal Union (UPU) to discuss ways to modernise the postal network to benefit from e-commerce. The meeting between Department Director-General Robert Nkuna and UPU Director-General Ambassador Bishar Hussein was aimed at ensuring that the country emerges with a clear roadmap of how it will work with the UPU to extract the most value from the increasing global trade that is driven by e-commerce activity. “The postal services sector is very important in the successful implementation of the National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper. It is not a stand-alone policy. It is part of the comprehensive policy overhaul to modernise the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) sector for the inclusion of all citizens. We are aligned to what the UPU is doing and have referred to it in finalising the White Paper,” said Nkuna of the meeting held in Pretoria…more

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New third-party logistics firms are reaping benefits of booming e-commerce sector

November 21, 2016

With the tech-savvy Gen-Next and the upwardly mobile shopping online to buy even their daily needs in cities and towns across India, third-party logistics firms are riding high on the e-commerce boom. Though leading e-tail behemoths like Flipkart, Amazon and Snapdeal have in-house logistics networks and warehouses for quick turn-around of merchandise and their speedy delivery, hundreds of buyers and sellers across verticals depend on third-party logistics companies like GoBolt, Rivigo, BlackBuck and TruckSuvidha for the supply chain in the B2B and B2C segments…more

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Amazon rolls out ‘X-ray vision’ so you can check what’s in your packages

November 20, 2016

Amazon is giving its app a new feature to help holiday shoppers keep track of what’s in their packages.  The company updated its iPhone app with a new feature that uses the phone’s camera to help detect what’s inside your packages without opening them.  Dubbed, “Package X-Ray,” the feature uses your iPhone’s camera to scan the barcode on the package. Once scanned, the app will show which of your orders are inside…more

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Why Amazon Is Cutting Wrapping Paper This Holiday Season

November 14, 2016

When Amazon ships millions of gifts to customer doorsteps this holiday season, one thing will be noticeably missing from the majority of the brown cardboard boxes emblazoned with its logo: wrapping paper. “Our guiding North Star is the minimization of packaging,” says Kara Hurst, Amazon’s director of worldwide sustainability and social responsibility. “Wrapping paper has no value.”…more

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Wal-Mart E-commerce Executives Depart in Wake of Jet.com Purchase

November 1, 2016

A management shake-up is hitting Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s e-commerce operations as Jet.com founder Marc Lore takes the helm, a sign the online entrepreneur is moving swiftly to put his stamp on the giant retailer. Several e-commerce executives are leaving the company in the wake of the $3.3 billion purchase of Mr. Lore’s startup Jet.com Inc., which closed in September. The departures include Fernando Madeira, head of Walmart.com, Dianne Mills, senior vice president of global e-commerce human resources and Brent Beabout, senior vice president of e-commerce supply chain, a spokesman said…more

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SingPost opens $130M e-commerce logistics facility

November 1, 2016

Singapore Post (SingPost) has launched a new three-storey facility that features a fully-automated parcel sorting system that can process up to 100,000 parcels a day.  The local postal service operator said Tuesday the S$182 million (US$130.85 million) site was its “largest e-commerce logistics investment” to date, encompassing two warehousing floors and 150 simultaneous loading bays as well as an office block. Its ground-floor automated sorting system also had shipping and returns management capabilities, it said…more

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Amazon’s Shipping Costs Likely to Surge With Holiday Orders

October 28, 2016

Amazon.com Inc.’s shipping costs are likely to spiral higher in the fourth quarter because of the combination of more expensive fast shipping and greater holiday-related volumes. The online-retail firm has been rolling out free deliveries in as fast as an hour to its Prime members, most of whom pay a $99 annual fee. But Amazon said on Thursday that the faster deliveries are costing it a lot of money—and as online orders surge during the holidays, its shipping costs could top the $3.9 billion it spent in the third quarter…more

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A Print Magazine Cover With Embedded, Functioning Videos

October 27, 2016

There are 5,000 copies of this special limited-edition Empire magazine cover. The shipment went on sale today in the U.K. at supermarket chain Saintsburys and is surely close-to, if not already, gone.In the spirit of the Harry Potter series and prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the cover features two daily newspaper “moving-image photos” just like in the films–a behind-the-scenes video and the Fantastic Beasts trailer…more

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Why Old-Fashioned Direct Mail Is Still Useful for Advertisers

October 27, 2016

Demand creation through advertising — acquisition advertising — remains among the most important ways that a business can grow sales. Internet advertising has played a major role in this approach, which looks to generate interest among consumers who are not already customers. But old-fashioned direct mail can also play a big part. That’s because most consumers open most of their direct mail. They consider this type of communication less intrusive than email, which often arrives in floods. Direct mail is the second most popular form of acquisition advertising behind television…more

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“Underbanked” Report Shows Need For Postal Banking

October 27, 2016

“Millions of Americans can’t get bank accounts, so they can’t even cash a check. Many millions more might have an account but can’t get even a small loan. The numbers (below) are just outrageous.  These millions are forced to turn to predators like the payday loan and check cashing industry. Even those who can get full-service accounts are scammed by the likes of Wells Fargo. Meanwhile We the people are prevented by our captured-by-Wall-Street Congress from setting up the obvious solution that would solve so many problems: Postal Banking..”more

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How Technology Is Driving Logistics This Holiday Season

October 27, 2016

Holiday shopping season is upon us. Gone are the days when logistics companies could get by simply focusing on operations. The ability to provide on-time deliveries now meets only a minimum standard of success, despite extreme weather and increased volumes going through the same infrastructure. Today’s empowered shoppers are demanding more (e.g., lower costs, increased control and more options), and logistics companies that don’t prioritize technology in order to meet that demand will likely be left behind. PwC recently released its 2016 Holiday Outlook and its findings paint a clear picture of where the industry needs to be. It is estimated that shoppers will spend 10 percent more this year than they did last year. Sixty-two percent of retailers also expect an increase in overall sales. This is great news for logistics companies. So, what is their challenge? Adapting to the myriad ways people want to shop and receive their goods, and doing so in an economically viable way…more

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Postal Savings Bank Of China Tumbles As Stabilization Period Ends

October 24, 2016

Postal Savings Bank of China (1658.Hong Kong) tumbled for a second day, down 6.7% after its IPO bankers stopped supporting the stock. Li Guohua, Chairman of Postal Savings Bank of China (PSBC), bangs a gong during the company’s listing on the city’s stock exchange in Hong Kong on September 28, 2016. Postal Savings Bank of China (PSBC) launched on the Hong Kong stock exchange on September 28, after the world’s biggest initial public offering this year.  Postal Savings had it lucky. It managed to raise $7.4 billion in the world’s largest IPO since Alibaba Group‘s (BABA) $25 billion splash in 2014. It also managed to price its IPO at above book, whereas the Big 4 banks such as China Construction Bank (939.Hong Kong) and ICBC (1398.Hong Kong) were still trading at just 0.8 times book.  It was a good IPO thanks to cornerstone investors, who took up three-quarters of the IPO allotment. And most of those cornerstone investors are also state-owned enterprises. Brothers have got to help each other, right?…more

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Best Buy again offering free shipping through holiday season

October 24, 2016

For the second year in a row, Best Buy is offering free shipping on online purchases during the holiday shopping rush.  The promotion, which waives the Richfield-based electronics retailer’s usual $35 order threshold to qualify for free shipping, went live on Sunday. It will end on Dec. 24, about a week earlier than last year when it ran through Jan. 2...more

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USPS Study: Political Direct Mail Tops TV, Digital Ads in Helping Swing Voters Decide

October 19, 2016

According to a new survey, more than half of swing voters responding (58%) said direct mail is either “very helpful” or “somewhat helpful” in deciding how and whom to vote for, beating out television (55%), online (48%) and email (46%). Approximately one of three registered voters surveyed identified as a swing voter. Among those surveyed, 14% said they were “undecided,” and 18% said they “might change their minds.”  Not only do swing voters find mail helpful, the majority of them read it. The online survey, conducted by Summit Research, found 54% of swing voters surveyed say they read political direct mail immediately upon receiving it and 24% will save it to read later. There’s opportunity for campaigns: 52% of swing voters surveyed say they’ve not received any political mail at their residences. In comparison, 80% of these swing voters report seeing political television ads...more

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Free Broadband Initiatives for Poor and Rural Areas, With Eye on Future

October 11, 2016

There is an axiom in technology: New products typically go to wealthy customers first, before prices eventually fall to reach the masses.  With broadband now classified like a utility, telecom and tech companies including Sprint, Comcast and Facebook are increasingly working to make high-speed internet accessible to every American, not just a luxury. The companies are among those that have set their sights on bringing free or cheap high-speed internet service to low-income and rural populations in the United States, spurred by philanthropy and, for some, the hope of turning Americans who are not online today into full-paying customers in the future. Those goals were on display Tuesday, when Sprint announced that it planned to give one million low-income high school students a free device and a free high-speed data plan until graduation. Facebook is also working to bring to the United States a service known as Free Basics, which gives people free access to certain websites, including Facebook. Comcast recently loosened requirements for its low-cost broadband service, expanding it to anyone in public housing...more

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Amazon to Expand Grocery Business With New Convenience Stores

October 11, 2016

Amazon.com Inc. is pushing deeper into the grocery business with plans to introduce convenience stores as well as curbside pickup locations, say people familiar with the matter.  The Seattle company aims to build small brick-and-mortar stores that would sell produce, milk, meats and other perishable items that customers can take home, these people say. Primarily using their mobile phones or, possibly, touch screens around the store, customers could also order peanut butter, cereal and other goods with longer shelf lives for same-day delivery.  For customers seeking a quicker checkout, Amazon will soon begin rolling out designated drive-in locations where online grocery orders will be brought to the car, the people said. The company is developing license-plate reading technology to speed wait times...more

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THE REVERSE LOGISTICS REPORT: How retailers can save money by making returns smoother in the e-commerce age

October 10, 2016

When products are returned to a merchant, the merchant faces the costly process of either repurposing, reconditioning, or recycling the good. This multi-billion dollar problem is referred to as reverse logistics and it can cut into retailers profits by 10% to 20% every year. This problem will be even more exacerbated by the rise of e-commerce, as customers increasingly ship back goods to the retailer, who often might pay for the shipping costs. In a new in-depth report from BI Intelligence, we examine reverse logistics and discuss how retailers can take an omnichannel approach to help reduce the costs they bear from returned goods. In particular, the report examines the strategic reasons why retailers should implement a reverse logistics function and discusses the industries that are most at risk...more

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Higher shipping fees will force e-retailers to adjust

October 3, 2016

UPS and FedEx are raising their ground shipping rates 4.9% after the holidays, and some additional fees will kick in sooner.  As sure as the retail holiday season starts to ramp up, parcel carriers roll out new shipping rates for the coming year...more

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Love’s Trillium Keeps CNG Flowing in Arkansas; U.S. Postal Service Studies Alternative Fuels

October 3, 2016

…Meanwhile, the 200,000-vehicle fleet operating U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is studying alternative fuels for its ubiquitous general service delivery vehicles. Six different contractors have won the bidding to provide the USPS with up to 50 prototype alternative fuel vehicles for consideration in developing the new general delivery vehicle (GDV) for delivering America’s mail. Eventually, USPS is expected to buy hundreds of thousands of the GDVs, and the six firms vying for contracts are in line to get up to $37.4 million...more

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No Bluffing: Amazon Is Shopping For A Logistics Partner

September 29, 2016

In business as in poker, it can pay to be unpredictable. And make no mistake, bluffing works well in situations where the stakes are high and the bluffer has a better stack than opponents. That said, bluffing only works when your opponents don’t suspect you’re doing it, so the more analysts speculate about whether Amazon has the chips to bluff or bully companies the size of UPS and FedEx FDX -0.19% into making costly errors, the less it’s likely to happen.  Amazon has been building out its logistics capacities at a scale indicative of a hedge strategy (it can sell its excess capacity by the piece or by the pound to whoever and whenever). Yet despite how fully hedged its bets may be, it remains vulnerable. Why? Because its hand is so powerful that played irresponsibly, it could force its opponents to collude and refuse to play. That’s the downside Amazon must guard against –and it’s real.  What if Amazon actually wants to rid itself of the pretense and make a win/win logistics deal with a trusted partner?...more

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Amazon Will Deliver Their Own Packages – Revolution At The Delivery Door

September 29, 2016

Based on experiments at Los Angeles International Airport I conclude that Amazon’s management is bent on bettering UPS, FedEx and USPS by building out its own delivery service to customers in major cities. I believe it will be very profitable.  Amazon is delivering packages in Los Angeles, which is likely to be the beginning of a significant challenge to the freight carriers who have serviced the company so far. The Wall Street Journal reports that the company sees the logistics supply chain as an area where it could save $1.1 billion annually. This would mean Amazon delivers merchandise with its own staff and own trucks and eventually stops using UPS and FedEx...more

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This Alibaba app lets you ask strangers to deliver toilet paper

September 29, 2016

The joke has turned into reality.  Alipay, China’s largest mobile payment platform, is rolling out the “Alipay Everywhere” function that allows users to ask strangers to do anything for a fee, Alipay’s official Weibo account posted Thursday...more

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Deutsche Post agrees to buy UK Mail for £242.7m

September 28, 2016

Deutsche Post has agreed to buy UK Mail for £242.7m, in a deal that will intensify competition in Britain’s postal market, putting further pressure on Royal Mail.  The deal strengthens the German company’s grip on the European postal market and will enable UK Mail to capitalise on Deutsche Post’s greater financial and operational firepower. Investors judged that the agreement, news of which sent shares up by 43%, was overwhelmingly positive for UK Mail...more

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Australia Post:  Direct mail plays “key role” in influencing purchase decisions

September 28, 2016

A new study commissioned by Australia Post has found that Australians may look at up at up to seven advertising channels when planning purchases – and “personalised direct mail plays a key role in influencing customers in the initial consideration stage”...more

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Amazon could start dropping off packages inside your home

September 27, 2016

August and Garageio, two smart home companies that make connected locks and garage door openers, are working to make possible in-home deliveries of Amazon packages. According to a report in The Information, early tests have already been carried out in Seattle...more

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Amazon’s Newest Ambition: Competing Directly With UPS and FedEx

September 27, 2016

Just before the morning rush hour on a recent Thursday, a brigade of vans rolled up to a low-slung warehouse near Los Angeles International Airport.  Workers in bright green vests crammed some 150 Amazon.com packages into each truck before the fleet headed through the urban sprawl to customers’ doorsteps.  This logistical dance wasn’t performed by United Parcel Service Inc., FedEx Corp. or the U.S. Postal Service, all longtime carriers for the online-retail giant. It was part of an operation by Amazon.com Inc. itself, which is laying the groundwork for its own shipping business in a brazen challenge to America’s freight titans...more

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Canada Post announces up to 40% shipping discount for Shopify customers

September 23, 2016

Canada Post might not have a reputation as the most tech-savvy company around, but it knows a good opportunity when it sees one.  The venerable 150-old mail carrier – which, strike threats and all, still delivers nearly two-thirds of Canadian parcels ordered online – announced a strategic partnership with Ottawa-based Shopify Inc. this week, in which Shopify customers will be able to purchase shipping labels through the cloud-based commerce platform provider at 40 per cent off the usual Canada Post rates...more

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UPS testing Mass.-made drones for delivering packages

September 23, 2016

One of the world’s largest package delivery companies is stepping up efforts to integrate drones into its system. UPS has partnered with Massachusetts robot-maker CyPhy Works to test the use of drones to make commercial deliveries to remote or difficult-to-access locations. The companies began testing the drones on Thursday, when they launched one from the seaside town of Marblehead. The drone flew on a programmed route for 3 miles over the Atlantic Ocean to deliver an inhaler at Children’s Island...more

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Swiss Post:  Mail carriers set to be able to take meter readings too

September 22, 2016

Swiss Post’s letter carriers reach over four million households almost every day. Swiss Post is taking advantage of this proximity to customers to develop services beyond its mail business. As part of a partnership with IT service provider Avectris, utility companies will be able to request Swiss Post to have its mail carriers read Swiss households’ electricity, water and gas meters while on their rounds using their scanner...more

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UPS rolls out 3D printing service in Asia and Europe

September 21, 2016

PostalVision 2020 media partner Business Insider reports:  UPS is expanding its 3D printing service for online merchants from the US to Asia and Europe, reports Reuters. In a partnership with 3D printing company Fast Radius, the service lets UPS 3D print plastic parts in its own factories for online merchants and deliver them to e-commerce customers, rather than e-tailers having items manufactured first and then sending them to UPS for shipment. UPS’ decision to invest more resources into 3D printing puts it ahead of a potential threat to its business as the technology makes its way into retail...more

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Amazon Swats at Shutterfly With Photo-Printing Service

September 21, 2016

Amazon.com Inc. introduced a new photo printing service, triggering the worst single-day decline in more than eight years for shares of Shutterfly Inc.  The new AmazonPrints service offers printed photos starting at 9 cents each and photo books starting at $20. Cards and calendars will be additional options coming soon, according to the company’s website.  Amazon’s news in advance of the fourth quarter, when Shutterfly makes about half of its revenue from customers printing holiday cards and calendars, “couldn’t come at a worse time” for Shutterfly, said Victor Anthony, an analyst at Axiom Capital Management who follows both companies...more

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Postal Savings Bank of China Raises $7.4 Billion in IPO

September 21, 2016

Postal Savings Bank of China Co. raised $7.4 billion in the world’s biggest initial public offering in two years, but only with an extraordinary dose of support from Beijing’s pocketbook.  The state-run bank, China’s sixth-largest lender by assets, agreed Wednesday to sell shares in its Hong Kong IPO for 4.76 Hong Kong dollars (61 U.S. cents) each, according to people familiar with the matter. That makes it the biggest IPO globally since Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.’s $25 billion offering in September 2014...more

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Amazon Faces Questions Over How It Lists Prices For Non-Prime Customers

September 21, 2016

The e-commerce giant defended the practice.  Amazon came under fire Monday after ProPublica reported that the e-commerce giant more prominently displays its own products and those of merchants that pay for its shipping services—even if other merchants sell the same products on the site for less. The article pointed out that Amazon’s strategy hurt shoppers, many of whom end up paying extra at checkout, and ran counter to its professed philosophy of putting customers first...more

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USPS Statement on Next Generation Delivery Vehicles Prototype Selection and Request for Proposal for Commercial Off-the-Shelf Delivery Vehicles

September 21, 2016

The United States Postal Service (USPS) publicly began the Next Generation Delivery Vehicles (NGDV) acquisition program in January 2015 with a Request for Information (RFI) and kick-off meeting open to all interested technology and automotive suppliers to respond and participate. The robust and open process was designed to attract the most innovative and cutting edge technological solutions…  After a rigorous evaluation process, the Postal Service today awarded contracts to six prime suppliers who together will produce 50 prototype vehicles as part of the next phase of the NGDV acquisition process...more

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Blackstone Bets Big on Logistics

September 20, 2016

Private-equity giant Blackstone Group LP has cut a deal to pay $1.5 billion for a portfolio of logistics centers, in the latest sign that this e-commerce-driven business is one of the hottest areas in the commercial-property industry.  Blackstone, the world’s largest private real-estate owner, has signed a contract to buy the 12 million-square-foot portfolio of mostly West Coast property from LBA Realty LLC, an Irvine, Calif.-based investment company with properties in the western U.S., according to people familiar with the matter.  Once closed, the deal will mark Blackstone’s biggest purchase of U.S. distribution centers since it exited from the U.S. logistics business in 2015 by selling IndCor Properties for $8.1 billion...more

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Amazon can now deliver your packages to a secure locker instead of your front porch in Denver

September 20, 2016

Amazon Locker has arrived in Denver.  The online giant’s self-service package pick-up option quietly rolled out in the Mile High City in August, an Amazon spokesman confirmed this week.   Three 7-Eleven convenience stores — two in Denver and one in unincorporated Adams County — have been equipped with the secured package cabinets, designed to thwart failed home delivery attempts and package thieves when you can’t be around to accept your online bounty...more

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FedEx Announces 2017 General Rate Increase & Other Changes

September 20, 2016

In a somewhat surprising move to industry analysts, FedEx has announced shipping rate and surcharge changes for 2017 that do not match those announced September 1 by rival UPS...more

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The Future of Robot Labor Is Unfolding in Shipping Warehouses

September 19, 2016

As I walked into one of the warehouses run by the aptly named Quiet Logistics in a suburban town outside Boston, I instinctively lowered my voice to a whisper. The room’s massive ceilings reverberated my voice and there was surprisingly no noisy work to drown it out...more

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Why Alibaba’s Logistics Business Is ‘Being Picky with Investors’

September 19, 2016

Cainiao Network, the logistics arm of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group BABA 1.15% , will hold another round of fundraising but it is hoping that money raised in March will be sufficient for a year to 18 months.  In its first round of funding this year, Cainiao attracted investors such as Singapore’s Temasek Holdings and GIC, Malaysia’s Khazanah Nasional Bhd, and China’s Primavera Capital. Business news magazine Caixin reported that the value of the round was close to 50 billion yuan ($7.5 billion). “In the future we will definitely raise money again,” Chief Executive Judy Tong told a news conference but added there was no timetable for the fundraising. “Cainiao is a very young company. It requires a lot of investment.”...more

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Wearable logistics technology transforming DC, warehouse operations

September 18, 2016

From Google Glass and Fitbit to GoPro and the Apple Watch, an ever-wider range of wearable devices have captured the attention of the world’s consumers. Now that fascination is emerging in warehousing and distribution, where technology such as voice recognition is being packaged with smart glasses to provide video, scanning, and other capabilities to increase productivity, reduce mistakes, and lower costs across the supply chain...more

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A New Approach to New Products

September 18, 2016

At FirstBuild’s headquarters there’s a sign reminding all who do work at the appliance-development factory that “A prototype is worth a thousand meetings.”  It’s an operating tenet for FirstBuild and other companies trying to change the way new products are created by liberating the process from the confines of slow-moving, bureaucratic research-and-development departments.  Using a concept known as open innovation, companies are learning how to quickly harvest loads of ideas for new products from business partners, suppliers, consumers and their own employees outside of their R&D staffs. At the same time, they’re shrinking the time needed to create prototypes to months from years...more

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Why the Paperless Office Is Finally on Its Way

September 18, 2016

Every year, America’s office workers print out or photocopy approximately one trillion pieces of paper. If you add in all the other paper businesses produce, the utility bills and invoices and bank statements and the like, the figure rises to 1.6 trillion. If you stacked all that paper up, it would be 18,000 times as high as Mount Everest. It would reach nearly halfway to the moon. This is why HP Inc.’s acquisition of Samsung Electronics Co.’s printing and copying business last week makes sense. HP, says a company spokesman, has less than 5% of the market for big, high-throughput office copying machines. The company says the acquisition will incorporate Samsung’s technology in new devices, creating a big opportunity for growth...more

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Think Direct Mail Marketing Is Dead? Not For Millennials

September 14, 2016

Many financial marketers assume that Millennials don’t like, don’t open and don’t read direct mail pieces. Not true.  The rise of digital channels has forced financial institutions to radically rethink their marketing strategies. While digital media have proven effective — no doubt — that doesn’t mean other traditional means of marketing no longer work. In fact, the opposite is true, particularly when it comes to direct mail...more

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Democrats Go Postal
With probably the worst idea ever.

September 14, 2016

“Democrats believe that we need to give Americans affordable banking options, including by empowering the United States Postal Service to facilitate the delivery of basic banking services.”
That’s a statement on page twelve of the 2016 Democratic party platform. At first I thought it was a joke—a little humor injected into an otherwise boring and predictable document. But apparently the Democrats are quite serious about this absolutely terrible idea...more

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Mercedes-Benz Van Delivers Packages Via Buddy Drones

September 13, 2016

The logo-covered delivery vans we’ve all seen daily aren’t what would catch anyone’s eye in terms of beauty. In city environments, they are necessary—such as when you’re anxiously awaiting that Amazon delivery—but also loud and often double parked. If ever there was a need for a sexier delivery service, this a prime candidate. Auto-manufacturer Mercedes-Benz is clearly aware of this problem and have created what could finally bring the delivery van some design accolades. Their Vision Van concept offers a look at what the future of last-mile package delivery looks like. The concept was developed as a part of a strategic initiative called adVANce, which aims to move Mercedes-Benz Vans from a vehicle supplier to a delivery logistics solution provider...more

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Postal Museum Launches “America’s Mailing Industry” Virtual Exhibition

September 13, 2016

The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum today launched a new virtual exhibition, “America’s Mailing Industry,” telling the story of the partnership between the U.S. Postal Service and private industry, who together have helped American citizens and businesses communicate and conduct business for more than 200 years.  It is the story of a partnership that helps people shop, ship, deliver, communicate and conduct transactions, gain information, seek entertainment, build relationships, enhance communities and foster citizenship.  The mailing industry consists of all those that communicate with customers and constituents through the U.S. Mail on a large scale—from direct marketers, to publishers, to nonprofits, to public entities—as well as all the businesses that help prepare mail, such as ad agencies, print shops, software vendors and transportation providers...more

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Can Robots Replace Thousands of US Postal Service Employees?

September 13, 2016

Robots are already delivering the mail, on a very modest level. Swiss Post is testing Starship Technologies robots to deliver parcels. A similar trial will come to the United States soon. Like most robotic technologies, the delivery vehicles will become more advanced over time, just as self-driving cars and drones are. And government agencies around the world will approve these sorts of technologies as they become both useful to replace functions currently done by humans and safe to the general public.  No U.S. agency needs this sort of human replacement more than the United States Postal Service (USPS). It continues to bleed money, although its boosters would say the financial problems are due largely to Postal Service Retiree Health Benefits Fund prefunding obligations, a net deficiency listed in its financials. However, in the period that ended June 30, the USPS lost $1.6 billion on revenue of $17.7 billion...more

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Last mile logistics study to unveiled at IAA

September 12, 2016

A new study of “last mile” logistics will be unveiled by the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (IML) and component manufacturer ZF at the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover later this month. The study will present a forecast for the next ten years regarding the impact of key mega trends due to rising demand for last mile delivery services, including autonomous driving, “e-mobility” and supply logistics networking...more

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Morrisons unveils plans for Amazon Lockers network

September 12, 2016

Morrisons has announced that it plans to install “hundreds” of Amazon Lockers at its supermarkets this year.  Yesterday’s (11 September) announcement builds on an existing relationship between the UK grocer and the online retail giant. In May, Morrisons began to supply grocery items to Amazon customers through the AmazonFresh, Amazon Pantry and Amazon Prime Now delivery services...more

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Direct mail drives seniors to websites

September 11, 2016

A recent study by Deft Research of older adults shopping for Medicare insurance may hold some lessons for seniors living operators on the best ways to reach potential residents and their adult children. For its annual “Age-in Study,” the company surveyed 64-year-olds as they approached Medicare enrollment, as well as seniors who were enrolling late, and found that direct mail was a major motivator for many consumers to visit websites. “Even though most internet users said they found websites on their own, direct mail was the top promotional vehicle for driving consumers to websites,” the report found. “Mail drove three times more visitors to websites than internet or TV advertisements.”...more

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Postal Savings Bank of China IPO to Have Five Cornerstone Investors

September 9, 2016

HONG KONG—Postal Savings Bank of China Corp. is expected to have five cornerstone investors for its coming initial public offering in Hong Kong, according to people familiar with the matter. The people said the cornerstone investors—which agree to buy stocks at the offering price and hold them for a set period—include China State Shipbuilding Corp. with slightly more than a $2 billion investment; Shanghai International Port (Group) Co. with $2 billion; Chinese conglomerate HNA Group with $1.1 billion; State Grid Corp. with $300 million; and private bank Edmond de Rothschild Group with $50 million...more

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New USPS delivery service linked to email addresses

September 8, 2016

The Postal Service is developing new technology that will allow large businesses and other major mailers to send physical mail simply by knowing a recipient’s email address. USPS Intelligent Address will use the Intelligent Mail barcode that appears on many mailpieces, eliminating the need to display the recipient’s address or other personally identifiable information. “USPS Intelligent Address positions the Postal Service as the key link between digital and physical mail, making it more convenient and secure for businesses and consumers to send and receive mail,” said New Products and Innovation VP Gary Reblin...more

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‘Huge security gap’ lets dangerous packages enter US through postal system

September 7, 2016

Every day, about a million packages are shipped into the U.S. through the U.S. Postal Service from China, Russia, India and other countries. Many packages are not checked for dangerous and illegal contents, posing what the co-leader of a new national security project calls a “huge security gap.”  “The gap is essentially when mail is sent to the United States from foreign countries; if it’s of a certain weight, it doesn’t go through normal cargo surveillance like the mail that is sent through private mailing services such as UPS and FedEx,” said Juliette Kayyem, of Americans for Securing All Packages (ASAP).  Every year, according to ASAP, 340 million mail items, from small letters to large boxes, sent from foreign postal systems enter the U.S. postal system delivery stream — without electronic data that could tip off intelligence agencies to a threat.  Shipping companies, on the other hand, are required under the 2002 U.S. Trade Act to collect what’s called advance electronic security data. It’s used to track hundreds of millions of the packages that flow into the United States from foreign countries each year.more

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Palestinians to receive direct mail for the first time

September 4, 2016

In one small step toward autonomy, Palestinians can, for the first time, receive mail directly thanks to a new postal agreement signed on Sunday between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.  Until now, Israeli conducted global postal affairs for the Palestinians, including financial transactions. Mail would come first to Israel, which then transferred it to local Palestinian post offices in the West Bank and Gaza..more

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Retailers Seek U.S. Help With Shipping Crisis

September 1, 2016

U.S. retailers, bracing for a blow as they stock up for the crucial holiday sales season, asked the government to step in and help resolve a growing crisis caused by the near-collapse of South Korea’s Hanjin Shipping Co., one of the world’s largest container shipping companies.  “While the situation is still developing, the prospect of harm is significant and apparent,” Sandra Kennedy, president of the Retail Industry Leaders Association, wrote in a letter to the Department of Commerce and the Federal Maritime Commission. Hanjin’s recent bankruptcy filing “presents an enormous challenge to U.S. shippers,” she said, and “could have a substantial impact on consumers and the economy at large.”

The trade group is urging the U.S. to work with ports, cargo handlers and the South Korean government to resolve the widespread disruption in freight shipments caused by the Hanjin bankrupcy filing. A spokesman for the Retail Industry Leaders Association said they’re hoping the South Korean government could help provide clarity and speed to the bankruptcy proceedings, which are being considered by courts there...more

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UPS says shipping rates will rise about 5%

September 1, 2016

Starting Sept. 19, it will cost 4.9% more on average to ship a package through United Parcel Service Inc.’s freight service.  A similar 4.9% increase will go into effect across UPS’s other services as of Dec. 26, the Atlanta-based company said Thursday.  UPS UPS, +0.70%   said the higher rates, roughly in line with increases carried out in previous years, would help pay for system upgrades and expansion...more

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China’s postal bank to start pitching $8 billion-$10 billion IPO next week: IFR

September 1, 2016

State-owned Postal Savings Bank of China (PSBC) [IPO-PSBC.HK] will start pitching its Hong Kong initial public offering (IPO) to investors next Monday, moving closer to the world’s biggest new listing since 2014, IFR reported on Thursday, citing people close to the deal.  PSBC will start “pre-marketing” the deal on Sept. 5 and take orders for the IPO on Sept 13, added IFR, a Thomson Reuters publication. The $8 billion to $10 billion IPO would be the world’s biggest since e-commerce company Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (BABA.N) went public in 2014 in a record $25 billion deal...more

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After boosting FedEx, is Amazon about to pull an AWS in shipping?

August 31, 2016

Amazon’s growing shipping operation is profiled at length in a new Bloomberg feature, and the article paints a picture of the e-commerce giant putting together the pieces to build one of the largest and most effective global shipping operations in the world, from centralized distribution hubs, to bulk air transport, to last-mile front door delivery. While on the surface, Amazon is still a great partner for FedEx, UPS and others, the article suggests Amazon could eventually flip a switch and turn the shipping infrastructure into a business, the same way it turned the scalable network infrastructure it built for Amazon.com into Amazon Web Services, an on-demand computing platform that now makes up a large and growing chunk of Amazon’s overall business...more

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Israel Postal Service Makes Profit Despite Snail-Mail Loss

August 31, 2016

The Israel Postal Service reported an overall profit of 19.5 million shekels in the first half of 2016, as revenues from overseas packages offset losses in domestic mail services, Globes said on Wednesday.  The trend toward email and online shopping continued to erode regular mail revenues, which dropped two percent from the same period last year, from NIS 921 million to NIS 901 million. This, amid persistent customer complaints over slow mail delivery. An ordinary letter can take a week or more to reach its destination within the country.  The number of incoming overseas packages continued growing during the reported period due to increased overseas internet purchases, to 24 million packages, compared with 17.5 million in the corresponding period last year...more

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DHL rolls out global augmented reality programme

August 31, 2016

DHL Supply Chain is rolling out the next phase of its Vision Picking Program following a successful trial of the augmented reality technology in the Netherlands. Since the trial, DHL and partners Google, Vuzix and Ubimax have refined the vision picking solution and DHL is now expanding the programme across different industry sectors on a global scale...more

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Canada’s Postal Agency Reaches Tentative Deal With Mail Carriers Union

August 30, 2016

Canada’s government-owned postal agency said late Tuesday that it had reached a tentative short-term agreement with the union representing the country’s mail carriers.  Canada Post Corp. said it had reached a two-year agreement with the union representing 50,000 workers, shorter than the typical four-year deals negotiated in the past. Canada Post said the shortened time frame will allow for “thoughtful discussion and analysis” on dealing with complex issues such as declining mail volumes and growing pension obligations...more

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Despite Canada Post’s provocations, postal union opposes strike action

August 30, 2016

At the request of a government-appointed special mediator, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) suspended for at least 24 hours its plans to begin Monday a rotating, regional overtime ban.
This is just the latest episode in the union’s refusal to mobilize resistance to the massive concessions demanded by the federal government-owned Canada Post. The rollbacks include the elimination of a defined pension benefit plan for new hires, a four-year pay freeze for temporary workers, major cuts to medical and other benefits, and the slashing of more than 1,000 postal clerk positions…more

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When the U.S. Postal Service Also Delivered Babies

August 27, 2016

As a bid to stay relevant in the digital age, the U.S. Postal Service has been experimenting in select cities with delivering groceries. It makes a certain amount of sense, given that letter volume has dropped and the USPS’s civilian labor force is second only to Wal-Mart’s. But a century ago, the post office did even better, delivering not only groceries but also children. I’m serious…more

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A Victory for Postal Banking

August 17, 2016

A little over a year ago, United for a Fair Economy released State of the Dream 2015: Underbanked and Overcharged. This groundbreaking report looks at the banking industry from the perspective of low-wage workers and people of color. We are thrilled to be sharing a small victory that has happened partly because of this report and the policy solutions it proposed. Underbanked and Overcharged found that over one in five households (mostly Black, Latino, or Native American) are underserved by the banking industry, costing these households an average of $3,029 per year in fees and interest just to access their own money. This additional cost takes a total of $103 billion per year out of the communities that need it most.  One of the solutions we promoted in this report was expanding the services offered by the United States Postal Service (USPS) to include some basic banking services, like check cashing, bill-pay, fee-free access to federal payments (like social security benefits, military pay, welfare assistance, etc.) and even offering free basic checking or savings accounts…more

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The Postal Service’s Red Ink and Birthday Blues

August 17, 2016

Last month, the U.S. Postal Service celebrated its 241st birthday and it is really showing its age. The agency has lost billions of dollars over the last 10 years and has been distracted from fulfilling its core mission of delivering the mail. The Postal Service needs a total makeover to ensure that its next birthday is a happier occasion.  Fresh off of its birthday “celebration,” the agency released its third-quarter report for 2016 and the results were nothing to be happy about. Once again the USPS lost money. And, once again the losses were more than $1 billion. The net loss of $1.6 billion for the third quarter was more than the $981 million net loss for the like quarter last year.  The loss in the third quarter marks $3.29 billion in losses in the current fiscal year and brings the agency to $40 billion in losses since 2011. The growing debt is due to financial mismanagement and lack of focus on providing its core service…more

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U.S. Postal Service Revenue Rises on Shipping Growth, but Losses Mount

August 9, 2016

The U.S. Postal Service reported stronger revenue for the latest quarter, driven by continued growth in its shipping and package business, though higher costs contributed to mounting losses.  For the three months ended June 30, USPS said its total revenue increased 7% to $17.72 billion. However, excluding a boost from a change in USPS’s accounting estimates for consumer usage of “forever” stamps, the growth was 0.7%.…more

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E-Commerce Forces Shift in Warehouse Building

August 9, 2016

The rise of online shopping is forcing warehouse builders to redraw the map of logistics hubs on the East Coast.  During the weekend, FedEx Ground, one of the largest transporters of parcels and other shipments, broke ground for its largest facility in the country, an 800,000-square-foot automated distribution center in Allen Township, Pa., adding a large chunk of space to the cluster of logistics real estate in the state’s Lehigh Valley area.  “E-commerce is really changing the shape of the market,” said Perry Colosimo, a FedEx spokesman, in a written statement. “We conducted an exhaustive search across three states for the right location that would best enable us to meet this growing demand for our services … The Northeast region is a busy transportation corridor because of its population density and high concentration of businesses, and that trend is projected to continue.”…more

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The Rise of Distinctive Solutions to Improve eCommerce Shipping

August 9, 2016

While robust parcel solutions offer workflow designed to prevent paying too much for a particular shipment, the workflows in the retail multicarrier solutions can be both more extensive and much more interesting. The Descartes Systems Group acquired a company called Oz DEVELOPMENT that is designed for small and medium sized retailers. Ken Wood, the Executive Vice President of Product Management at Descartes, explained that small and medium sized business may need to “touch multiple ecommerce sites, and order information also has to flow into accounting.” Despite being smaller shipper, their “volumes are big enough that they need some sort of automation and workflow.” This solution can route the order to a backend accounting system and then to a warehouse or a shipper’s 3PL fulfillment partner. “The workflows for the warehouse include light pick/pack/scan capability using smart phones.” Then the solution offers a degree of compliance. “This is not deep compliance like for our parcel solution, but more for retailers that standardize on one carrier like UPS.”…more

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Shyp expands its on-demand shipping service to more L.A. areas

August 9, 2016

On-demand shipping service Shyp is expanding to more parts of the Los Angeles area Tuesday, and planning a new feature to accommodate businesses with bulk shipping needs.  The company, which dispatches workers to pick up, package and mail items, will broaden its coverage zones from the downtown and Santa Monica areas to also include Highland Park, South Pasadena and Alhambra…more

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Real-Time Analytics Streamlines USPS Operations

August 8, 2016

In the digital age, modern enterprises are under immense pressure to deliver fast, secure, and cost-effective services. Faced with increasingly limited resources and progressively tech-savvy customers, the United States Postal Service (USPS) is tasked with efficiently processing, tracking, and delivering mail on a limited budget.  In an effort to streamline operations, lawmakers sanctioned the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 to address the technological deficiencies of the current system. The Act called for upgrades to the archaic server and storage platforms, and the adoption of Big Data techniques to improve the ability to respond to market dynamics, enhance competitive practices, and accelerate the delivery process. These advancements increased operational efficiencies, lowered costs, supported data-driven decision-making, and bolstered mail security…more

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Australia’s Postal Service Tests Blockchain Identity

August 8, 2016

Australia’s state-owned postal service is now considering several blockchain applications.  According to a report by ZDNet, the company is looking at accreditation and e-voting as part of internal blockchain R&D efforts. The Australia Post first divulged details about its blockchain work in March, when CEO Ahmed Fahour discussed uses involving digital identity…more

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Confirmed: Walmart buys Jet.com for $3B in cash to fight Amazon

August 8, 2016

Walmart today took its biggest step yet in its bid to compete against Amazon in the world of digital commerce: today the retail giant announced that it would be acquiring Jet.com — an online-only shopping site that has been live for a little over a year — for $3 billion in cash, plus up to $300 million in shares for the founders and others at the company. Jet.com will continue to retain a separate brand, Walmart said today, as part of Walmart’s strategy to widen the types of consumers that it targets beyond Walmart’s core user base today; and also to broaden the companies that it works with to serve those customers…more

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USPS Tests Package Dropoff Kiosks for eBay Sellers

August 5, 2016

The USPS revealed a new test it was running with eBay designed to make it easier for sellers to get an initial scan on packages entering the mail stream. It’s an important issue for sellers who feel pressure to let eBay and their buyers know the moment their packages are on their way to the customer.  USPS Vice President of Sales Cliff Rucker made the announcement to an audience of over 1,000 sellers at the eBay OPEN event in Las Vegas last week. He acknowledged that in the 5 years he’s held his current position, he’s heard many complaints that it’s hard to get a package scanned…more

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Amazon unveils cargo plane as it expands delivery network

August 5, 2016

Seattle-based Amazon is unveiling its first branded cargo plane, one of 40 jetliners that will make up the e-commerce giant’s own air transportation network as it takes more control of its delivery process.  The latest push to speed delivery of its products comes as the company ships an increasing number of packages worldwide. Amazon’s parcel volume was an estimated 1 billion packages in 2015 — the same number that FedEx delivered three years earlier for hundreds of thousands of customers…more

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New Industry Report: Metal 3D Printing is Now the Fastest Growing Segment of the 3D Printing Industry

August 4, 2016

Metal 3D printing has been one of the most in-demand additive manufacturing technologies for years. However, because of the technology’s expense, speed and part size limitations it has primarily been used in a handful of low-volume industries like aerospace and biomedical. But thanks to rapidly improving technology and a growing understanding of the process, industrial applications for metal 3D printing have started to rapidly expand. According to a new market research report from IDTechEx that focuses entirely on the metal 3D printing market it has officially become the fastest growing segment of the industry and looks to continue that trend through 2020…more

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This Time, 3D Printer Makers Think They Found a Sweet Spot

August 4, 2016

3D printing has long been a cool technology in search of a huge market. The industry may have found one in mass production.  Because of its high cost and slow pace, 3D printing’s use in manufacturing has been limited mostly to prototyping, making plastic molds for teeth alignment and creating tools. That may be about to change, potentially lifting the shares of printer makers 3D Systems Inc. and Stratasys Ltd. after a long slump.  HP Inc. will introduce a $130,000 printer later this year, which it says can make parts at half the expense and at least 10 times faster than rival printers — and likely use lower-cost materials. While HP’s entry could be a competitive blow, it may also help expand the market for 3D mass production, where other printer companies have already turned their focus…more

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Postal Fleet Services Selects Ryder for Natural Gas Vehicle Solution in Four States

August 3, 2016

A leader in commercial fleet management, dedicated transportation, and supply chain solutions, announced that Postal Fleet Services, Inc. signed a Ryder ChoiceLease Full Service agreement for 20 compressed natural gas (CNG) heavy-duty vehicles supporting mail delivery operations in Orlando, Fla., Lafayette, La., Jackson, Miss., and La Vergne, Tenn.…more

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How 3D Printing Will Drive A Future Of Personalization

August 3, 2016

In the 1957 comedy Desk Set, a “state-of-the-art” computer that filled a warehouse-sized room figures prominently. Even when computer technology was available, it was so big and expensive that only giant corporations could afford it. Suffice it to say, technology’s come a long way since then. When the idea of personal computing took root, the entire industry transformed. Twenty years ago, we had pictures printed at a drugstore and reports printed at a Kinko’s. Today, we wouldn’t think of leaving the office for such tasks.  The manufacturing industry is primed for another technology revolution. Presently, when we need hardware, we go to the store to buy it, but that’s about to change. 3D printing represents a movement of personal manufacturing that forces us to rethink product distribution. Its impact will be tremendous…more

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Postal service offers global business seminar Aug. 9

August 2, 2016

The United States Postal Service will host a meeting about the Made In Rural America Export and Investment Initiative on Aug. 9 at Brenau University, 340 Green St.  The session on global business will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon…more

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How GPU-Powered Analytics Improves Mail Delivery for USPS

July 27, 2016

When the United States Postal Service (USPS) set out to buy a system that would allow it to track the location of employees, vehicles, and individual pieces of mail in real time, an in-memory relational database was its first choice. But when that technology proved too costly and complex, the 241-year-old service looked to graphical processing units (GPUs) for a big-data speedup…more

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Why Hillary Clinton thinks making the Postal Service a bank too, is a good idea

July 25, 2016

The Democratic platform laid out some of the party’s main talking points for the general election, but also included one that may seem unusual, even bizarre, to some.  The 55-page platform said that a Hillary Clinton administration would work to let the U.S. Postal Service offer “basic financial services,” including cashing checks and giving USPS more flexibility in choosing with services it provides, in an effort to revitalize the government service…more

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IoT: Wireless Connections for Logistics and more

July 25, 2016

KPN, the Netherlands’s largest telecom and IT service provider, has completed a wireless Internet of Things network. It is designed to enable the connection of millions of devices to the Internet. It is being tested on facility management and baggage handling as well as rail switches. Named “LoRa,” it lowers user costs, consumption and energy…more

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Digital coupon use growing, but old-fashioned paper still king

July 25, 2016

As more and more shopping moves online, the humble paper coupon is proving oddly resilient. Companies are sending out more digital coupons and a greater share of shoppers are using them, but paper still dominates the coupon world…more

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Anderson Canyon Nails 200x ROI Through Direct Mail Video

July 21, 2016

Marketing doesn’t have to be grand to be great. Architectural design firm Anderson Canyon solidified this notion when it generated a nearly 200-time return on investment from a $1,300 direct mail campaign. The architectural design firm generated a significant return on its investment by sending direct mail video players to a small pool of executives…more

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Postal Service hopes to expand grocery delivery service

July 21, 2016

The U.S. Postal Service plans to continue delivering groceries to homes in the Sacramento area and expand its experimental business model to more markets.  In partnership with AmazonFresh, the delivery service has the Postal Service’s fleet delivering fresh groceries and prepackaged goods to customers in 38 experimental ZIP codes, including metropolitan areas such as Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Diego and New York City…more

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At a loose end? Amazon will pay you to deliver its packages as it pushes to get all goods to its customers with just HALF AN HOUR of ordering!

July 20, 2016

Amazon is advertising the job as an opportunity to ‘be your own boss’ with drivers able to clock on and off whenever they please.  Despite the expected earnings being shown as between £13-£15 per hour on top of tips, the advert stresses that this can vary depending on the number of deliveries made…more

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Should the Postal Service Handle Your Loans as Well as Your Mail? Elizabeth Warren Thinks So.

July 20, 2016

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is inching closer to eliminating private payday lending with restrictive new rules and, some advocates hope, paving the way for the U.S. Postal Service to take over these banking services.  The agency’s liberal supporters, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., long have wanted to replace the payday lending industry with a government-run alternative. Now, they are pushing to include language in the Democratic Party platform to add banking to the line of services provided by the U.S. Postal Service…more

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Keep promises made to Postal retirees

July 20, 2016

When people think of the U.S. Postal Service’s finances, if they even do, they worry about the impact on their magazine delivery or the spoils of their late night shopping habit. I know I worry about these things. But another, less noticeable part of the debate over the financial health of our nation’s postal service will have serious consequences for postal workers and retirees.  Legislation recently approved by a House committee reforming the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) targets postal retirees to balance the Postal Service’s books, and it does so in the name of bipartisanship and expediency, usually good things. Not this time…more

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State of Logistics 2016: Pursue mutual benefit

July 7, 2016

Let’s start with the good news first: Freight transportation is a “shippers market” for the remainder of this year. Indeed, shippers are the fleeting beneficiaries of a brief lull in the ever-rising costs of business logistics.  However, according to the “27th Annual State of Logistics Report” (SoL) recently issued by A.T. Kearney and sponsored by Penske Logistics and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, these market conditions will simply not last. This is due to the confluence of one-time factors that are now favoring shippers, including bloated inventories, a strong U.S. dollar hampering exports, and a sudden surge in extra capacity—especially in the $300 billion for-hire truckload market…more

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Privatize the Postal System, Abolish a Monopoly

July 7, 2016

Making a profit by selling goods and services that consumers want to buy at given prices is the first goal of any business. If consumers aren’t interested and the business doesn’t adapt, it will go under. That’s unless you are the U.S. Postal Service…more

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From the Pony Express to ‘going postal,’ the history and lore of delivering the mail

July 7, 2016

For more than two centuries, the postal system has been a fundamental part of American life. Established by the Second Continental Congress in July 1775, with Benjamin Franklin as its first postmaster general, the system blossomed along with the country, serving as a vital means of communication that helped bind the new nation together. But modern technology such as email has superseded much of the U.S. Postal Service’s traditional work, raising serious questions about its viability. Two new books delve into the history and evolution of “the biggest business in the country,” as President Harry Truman once called the postal system. “Without it,” he said, “the rest of the country would not be able to do business at all.”  Both books, “Neither Snow Nor Rain” by Devin Leonard and “How the Post Office Created America” by Winifred Gallagher, cover much of the same ground, taking us from the system’s formation to the recent struggles to contain costs…more

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Alibaba has an ambitious plan to handle delivery logistics

July 6, 2016

Alibaba’s marketplaces in China represented more than $450 billion in online sales in 2015, which made it the largest e-commerce company in the entire Asia-Pacific region.  But its influence does not end there, as the company is starting to become an important potential partner for U.S. shippers as it steps further into U.S. e-commerce.  Traffic to AliExpress.com, an online marketplace that Alibaba owns, surged nearly 70% year-over-year to 7.5 million unique visitors in September 2015, according to Compete data cited by Internet Retailer…more

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Self-driving robots to start delivering packages in the UK, Germany and Switzerland

July 6, 2016

Citizens of London in the UK, Düsseldorf in Germany, and Bern in Switzerland will soon be able to order packages, groceries and food and have it delivered by a self-driving robot.  Starting in July, it’s a test program by robot maker Starship Technologies (co-founded by Skype co-founders Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis), an Estonian startup who has partnered with several food and package delivery companies to make the program a reality…more

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Canada Post Lockout Notice Issued To Canadian Union Of Postal Workers

July 5, 2016

Canada Post said it has issued a 72-hour lockout notice to the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), raising the spectre of a work stoppage by Friday.  The announcement came hours after Canada Post said its latest offer presented on June 25 was fair and reasonable and that it still hoped to negotiate a deal with the union.  But in a statement early Tuesday, Canada Post said it plans to suspend the collective agreement as of Friday…more

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China’s Postal Savings Bank files for potential $10 billion IPO

June 30, 2016

State-owned Postal Savings Bank of China (PSBC), the country’s largest bank by number of branches, has filed for a Hong Kong initial public offering (IPO) seeking to raise as much as $10 billion, Thomson Reuters IFR reported on Thursday.  The filing of the preliminary IPO prospectus sets in motion what is expected to be the world’s biggest new listing in about two years, valuing the bank at about $50 billion, IFR said, citing sources close to the deal…more

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Walmart squares up against Amazon with 2-day delivery across the U.S.

June 30, 2016

Walmart has just expanded its free, two-day shipping pilot to the entire United States. The program is called ShippingPass, and it competes directly with Amazon Prime, offering users free, two-day delivery on any item for an annual price of $49. This is just half the price of the $99/year Amazon Prime subscription, but it doesn’t come with the same access to Amazon’s streaming services like Prime Music and Prime Video. For now, ShippingPass is only available for items that Walmart sells directly on Walmart.com. The company has been investing heavily in its ecommerce business, infusing $2 billion in the platform, according to the WSJ…more

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Coalition Aims to Keep U.S. Postal Service Public

June 29, 2016

A field hearing in Greensboro highlights the future of the U.S. Postal Service. A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service held the gathering at the International Civil Rights Center And Museum. The hearing in the Gate City is one of five across the U.S. held in June. A Grand Alliance is a coalition of more than 130 local, state and national organizations that united to advocate for a great public postal service, including non-profit postal banking and other financial services…more

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Ecommerce companies to invest $8 billion in infrastructure, logistics: Report

June 29, 2016

Walmart is trying to get a jump on Amazon ‘s second annual sales bonanza. The world’s largest retailer is offering a free 30-day trial on its two-day unlimited shipping service, and an extra month free for paying members, starting Wednesday as it looks to sharpen its attack against the online leader.  Beginning Friday, it will also offer discounts on an array of products that will ramp up as July goes by. These discounts, or what Walmart calls “rollbacks,” typically last 90 days or longer…more

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Aramex to implement what3words addressing technology into its e-commerce fulfilment operations

June 29, 2016

What3words, an addressing platform, has closed an US$8.5m Series B funding round led by global logistics provider Aramex. Aramex operates in 60 countries around the world, and will use what3words in its e-commerce fulfilment operations across the Middle East, Asia and Africa to further enhance its last-mile delivery solutions…more

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How Do Consumers Feel About Drones Delivering Their Packages? – See more at: http://www.emarketer.com/Article/How-Do-Consumers-Feel-About-Drones-Delivering-Their-Packages

June 27, 2016

Consumers have choices when it comes to how the products they purchase are delivered to them, and drones may be another preference to add to the list. According to February 2016 research, more than three-quarters of US internet users are at least somewhat likely to select drones as a delivery option.  Walker Sands Communications surveyed 1,433 US internet users ages 18 and older. Respondents were asked about the likelihood they would select drones as a delivery option assuming drones could deliver the package within an hour…more

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Logistics Executives Say Brexit Will Rattle European Supply Chains

June 24, 2016

Shipping and logistics operators say the U.K. vote to leave the European Union will rattle regional supply chains as Britain rebuilds its trading relationships and rules.  Logistics companies said the “Brexit” vote could have a two-pronged impact in the near term, potentially cutting into the movement of goods but also fueling more demand for services to help retailers and manufacturers navigate changing regulations and trade rules…more

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Millions of Americans prefer their credit card statements on paper

June 23, 2016

When it comes to credit cards, many Americans are doggedly attached to their paper statements.  A new survey from CreditCards.com found that 93 million credit card holders are still receiving their statements on paper instead of online, and 43 million of them actually prefer it that way…more

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Canada Post Explores Drone Delivery For Mail

June 22, 2016

It’s a little early to tell if the idea will fly, but Canada Post is starting to look at the role of drones in making deliveries.  The post office is quietly exploring the possibility of small, unmanned aerial vehicles one day helping get the mail to where it needs to go, said Jon Hamilton, a Canada Post spokesman…more

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Millennials’ strange love affair with greeting cards

June 22, 2016

Like vinyl records and expensive bourbon, paper is making a comeback.  OK, paper never really went away, but e-mail, then texts, then SnapChat made putting pen to paper a lost art. Until now…more

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New Royal Mail service lets you post large parcels on a Sunday

June 22, 2016

E-bay sellers and small business owners living in 100 British towns can post large parcels on a Sunday for the first time, as Royal Mail has opened up its “service points” to people dropping off items. Until now parcels too big to fit through a post box were not able to be posted on a Sunday, as Post Offices are closed. From today customers posting parcels and letters bearing postage stamps will now be able to drop-off items for delivery within the UK, at the Royal Mail customer service point at their local Enquiry Office. Most of the UK’s 1,200 customer service points open six days a week, but around 100 of the busiest offices also open on Sundays, giving people an extra day to send their post…more

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White House rolls out long-anticipated rules for drone operations

June 21, 2016

The era when a glance toward the sky is more likely to reveal a small unmanned aircraft than an airplane or a bird seems remote to most people, but it drew closer Tuesday as the White House released regulations intended to keep drones from colliding with things in flight and people on the ground.  Many years in the making, and after 4,600 public comments, the new rules have a narrow focus that will be criticized by those who hoped the Federal Aviation Administration would sketch out a futuristic grand plan, while drawing praise from others who worried that the agency would offer too much regulation too soon.  “The mantra is flexibility when possible, and structure when absolutely necessary,” Parimal H. Kopardekar, a NASA researcher who is contributing to the design of a drone traffic management system, said in advance of Tuesday’s White House announcement.  The rules focus primarily on the burgeoning drone hobby market rather than the much more complex business of integrating the swarm of commercial drones expected in the skies in the next decade…more

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Stamps Snaps Up Another Ecommerce Shipping Solution

June 21, 2016

Stamps.com is buying yet another shipping service for online merchants, announcing Monday it will pay $55 million to acquire ShippingEasy. It’s the fourth such acquisition for the company since 2014…more

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3D Printing Technology Plays Major Role in White House’s Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute Competition

June 21, 2016

This week, emerging technologies and breakthrough manufacturing techniques, such as 3D printing, are being thrust forth into the spotlight in Washington, D.C., as the Obama Administration is dedicating an entire week to recognizing the creative and innovative endeavors within the United States…more

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Welcome To Mongolia’s New Postal System: An Atlas Of Random Words

June 19, 2016

It is tough to be a postman in Mongolia.  The country is among the world’s most sparsely populated — twice the size of Texas with about one-tenth the state’s population of about 27 million. Its roads, even in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar, often lack well-known names, making navigation difficult and street addresses unreliable. To make matters even more complicated, about a quarter of the country’s residents are nomadic, with no permanent homes.  All of that means it can often be incredibly challenging for the Mongol Post to locate people.  Things are looking up, though. The Mongolian government has partnered with a British startup called What3Words to overhaul its postal and address systems. Now, instead of an address — like, say, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. — each 9-square-meter plot in Mongolia will receive its own three-word identifier…more

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Time to ‘push the envelope’ for Postal Service reform

June 16, 2016

Members of the House Oversight Committee signed, sealed and delivered draft legislation for reforming the Postal Service.  The Postal Service Reform Act of 2016 looks to “ensure the efficient and affordable nationwide delivery of mail,” by giving the agency more flexibility for product development, consolidation of mail delivery and agency oversight, and most notably, addresses the pre-funded healthcare mandate.  The bipartisan legislation proposes the creation of postal specific health plans, which would require integration into Medicare…more

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16 Surprising Facts About the Good Ol’ U.S. Post Office

June 16, 2016

For starters, did you know that the Postmaster General earns more than Joe Biden? Wait … does Joe Biden know this? You can find these facts and many, many more in the fascinating new book How the Post Office Created America, by Winifred Gallagher (Penguin Press, 2016)…more

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Bipartisan House Leaders Introduce New Proposal to Overhaul the Postal Service

June 16, 2016

House leaders with oversight of the U.S. Postal Service introduced bipartisan draft legislation on Wednesday to overhaul the mailing agency, expressing confidence their measure would finally push Congress to pass a bill that has eluded it for nearly 10 years. The 2016 Postal Service Reform Act, introduced by Reps. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the respective chairman and ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, as wells as Reps. Mark Meadows, R-N.C.; Gerry Connolly, D-Va.; and Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., largely mirrors a bipartisan Senate bill that has yet to receive any voting action in the upper chamber…more

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China’s Postal Savings Bank Presses Ahead With Over $7 Billion IPO

June 16, 2016

Postal Savings Bank of China Corp. is gearing up for what could be the biggest initial public offering in the world so far this year at more than $7 billion, at a time when the market for new listings is in its slowest period since the global financial crisis.  The Chinese state lender is planning to file its listing application with the Hong Kong stock exchange in the next two weeks, according to people familiar with the matter. If the process goes smoothly, the bank could list shares as soon as September or October, they said…more

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Amazon Cuts Shipping Fees in Threat to Alibaba’s U.S. Business

June 15, 2016

Amazon.com Inc. is slashing fees it charges merchants to sell USB cables, smartphone screen protectors and other small, flat items that can fit in envelopes, posing a potential threat to competing marketplaces owned by Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., EBay Inc. and Wish.com that connect Chinese sellers with U.S. shoppers. The new rates will take effect July 1, according to an Amazon e-mail to marketplace sellers obtained by Bloomberg News. Merchants would pay $1.61 to ship three, flat, 1-ounce packages, 67 percent less than the current price, according to the e-mail. The change differentiates between small, flat items that can fit in large envelopes and items thicker than half an inch that are subject to higher fees…more

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Logistics company launches innovation challenges

June 15, 2016

DHL is laying down the gauntlet for smart minds everywhere.  The logistics company launched Tuesday two innovation challenges, inviting proposals for self-driving delivery carts and sustainable logistics concepts.  The goal of the robotics challenge is to develop a prototype of a self-driving cart that can run alongside staff, bearing the load of heavy packages. As online transaction volume continues to increase, DHL couriers potentially face work overload, the company said…more

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3D printing technologies stand out at Drupa 2016, the world’s largest printing exhibition

June 15, 2016

Every four years since 1951, Messe Düsseldorf, a German trade fair organizer, has hosted drupa, the world’s largest printing equipment exhibition. Typically, the focus of the exhibition has remained on 2D paper printing equipment, but this year a surprising number of exhibitors, including some of the largest company presences, were toting a newer kind of printing: 3D printing. Of course, this is not the first time that 3D printing technologies have been exhibited at the quadrennial expo, but drupa 2016 marks the most significant showcasing of additive manufacturing technologies, with companies like Kodak, Massivit, Canon, and many more demonstrating and effectively selling their various 3D printing products…more

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DHL Express adds InPost lockers to UK delivery network

June 14, 2016

DHL customers can now choose their nearest InPost parcel locker as a parcel collection point. InPost currently has more than 1,000 parcel locker facilities installed in the UK , offering round-the-clock access in safe and secure locations…more

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Shipping startup Roadie picks up $15 million investment from UPS, others

June 14, 2016

Atlanta transportation startup Roadie has raised a $15 million investment — its second venture capital round in the past year.  Roadie puts unused capacity in passenger vehicles to work by connecting people with stuff to send with drivers heading in the right direction. Essentially, the service allows drivers to monetize their daily commute, or vacation road-trip…more

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Alibaba’s Cainiao aims for logistics efficiency

June 14, 2016

Cainiao, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s logistics offshoot, has pledged to lower significantly China’s logistics cost by offering data-enabled smart solutions to handle the rapidly rising number of parcels driven by the country’s booming online shopping demand.  Zhejiang Cainiao Supply Chain Management Co said on Monday that its long-term vision is to lower the proportion of logistics expenditures in the country’s GDP from the current 16 percent to 5 percent…more

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IDC Forecast Reports 20% Increase in 2015 US 3D Printer Shipments, Double-Digit Annual Growth Expected into 2020

June 13, 2016

While a lot of the top 3D printer manufacturers continue to struggle to keep their stock prices afloat, the rest of the industry is doing surprisingly well. Low-cost desktop 3D printers continue to sell rapidly, primarily to small businesses looking to explore 3D printing technology without making major financial commitments. Additionally, large manufacturing companies are finding new ways to incorporate industrial 3D printing technology into their existing workflow in order to benefit from the ability to produce low-run or one-off parts faster and cheaper. As 3D printing technology improves, and new 3D printing technologies become more common, this trend of growth is expected to continue well into 2020…more

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FAA Wants To Fine Amazon For Allegedly Shipping Hazardous Materials As Air Cargo

June 13, 2016

Because you can’t just throw anything in a plane and ship it somewhere, the Federal Aviation Administration wants to stick Amazon with a $350,000 civil penalty for allegedly shipping hazardous materials as air cargo.  The FAA said Monday that the company improperly sent a caustic chemical that leaked from its packaging, coming into contact with nine workers at a UPS facility…more

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UPS Pulse of the Online shopper study highlights impact of active online shoppers on supply chain

June 9, 2016

It is not even close to a secret that e-commerce is changing the way consumers buy goods. What may be somewhat surprising, though, is that more than 50 percent of online purchases are now being made online. That was a key takeaway from the fifth annual UPS Pulse of the Online Shopper Global Study issued this week by UPS and comScore Inc. Data used in the study was based on feedback from 5,330 avid online shoppers that made at least two transactions in a three-month period on their preference and motivations across various retail topics..more

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Jeff Bezos Says Amazon (AMZN) To Invest $3 Billion More In India

June 8, 2016

After struggling for market share in China — the world’s most populous country and the second-largest economy — e-commerce giant Amazon Inc. is trying to make sure it fares better in India — currently the world’s second-most populous country, projected by the United Nations to overtake China by 2022, and the ninth-largest economy in 2014, according to the World Bank..more

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Royal Mail Can’t Cope with our Demand Claims Amazon Boss

June 7, 2016

The Royal Mail is no longer able to handle up to half of Amazon’s orders because it does not have the capacity to cope at peak times, the online retail giant has claimed.  Amazon’s chief executive says the firm is delivering more and more of its own parcels to the doorstep because the Royal Mail’s own delivery service cannot cope with growing demand from the public.  Jeff Bezos told an industry conference that Amazon now uses its own trucks for around half of its household deliveries because he claims the Royal Mail has run out of capacity..more

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Canada Post Might Own the Copyright to Your Postal Code

June 3, 2016

After a years-long legal battle, Canada Post has decided that, actually, it won’t claim to own the copyright to every Canadian’s postal code—including yours.

That’s awfully nice of them, but unfortunately it doesn’t protect anybody who’s ever, say, ordered delivery online from having a suit brought against them, if Canada Post had successfully argued this. Really, the Crown corporation just settled a lawsuit wherein it claimed to own the copyright to every postal code in the country. Because of that settlement, a judge never ruled on the claim..more

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Walmart Is Teaming Up With Uber To Take On Amazon

June 3, 2016

Walmart is testing a grocery delivery service that would allow shoppers to order items online and have them delivered to their door through Uber or Lyft, the company announced Friday ahead of its annual shareholders meeting…more

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Hewlett-Packard dialing in on 3-D printing innovation

June 2, 2016

Vancouver, we’re told, will be at the center of the next industrial revolution.  “The vision is to fundamentally do things in a different way,” said Shane Wall, chief technology officer for Hewlett-Packard Inc. “It’s a 30-year vision, and it’s going to start happening this fall.” HP’s Vancouver campus is playing a big role in the company’s future and its planned revolution as it pivots from printers and PCs to 3-D printers, wearable technology and the “internet of things.” Though it’s one of many limbs of the California-based tech company, Vancouver is home to HP’s incubator, and it’s where the chief technology officer and the head of the 3-D printer division go to work…more

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Are New Payday Reforms Meaningful? Is Postal Banking a Solution?

June 2, 2016

The radio program “Marketplace” reports that on “Thursday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is set to release new rules to crack down on payday lenders.” The segment cites a trade association representative, as well as an analyst from the Cato Institute arguing that people in need of short term loans “will likely be out of luck under the new rules.”…more

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India will spend $120 million to transform its 180-year-old postal system into a bank

June 1, 2016

In 1837, the British consolidated India’s postal system into one nationwide service. Almost 180 years later, the world’s largest postal network is going to transform into a bank.
The Indian government has cleared a proposal to set up an India Post payments bank, with 650 branches that will be linked to the country’s post offices. A payments bank can collect deposits of up to Rs1 lakh ($1,500) and offer remittances, debit cards, and various payments services to customers, but cannot lend…more

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E-commerce breathes new life into postal department

June 1, 2016

Gone are the days when a khakiclad postman came knocking the doors with letters or telegrams from loved ones from a faraway land. The advent of cellphones and internet might have made postal jobs obsolete in recent times, however e-commerce , a byproduct of the IT boom, is giving them a new lease of life now…more

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China’s logistics sector grows steadily in 2015

May 31, 2016

China’s logistics industry grew steadily last year amid industrial restructuring and subdued economic growth, China’s top economic planner said on Tuesday…more

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One in five smartphone users uses an ad-blocker on their phone, report says

May 31, 2016

More than one in five people routinely block adverts on their phones, new figures say.  At least 419 million people are stopping ads from appearing on their mobile devices, according to a report by PageFair on the use of mobile ad-blockers. That works out to 22 percent of the world’s 1.9bn smartphone users, as of March 2016…more

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Royal Mail rises on talk of possible sector takeovers

May 31, 2016

Despite Belgium’s Bpost and Dutch postal group PostNL failing to agree terms for a takeover of the latter, news of their talks has put the spotlight back on possible consolidation in the sector. In the UK Royal Mail, which was linked with PostNL in December, is up 7p at 539.5p in a downbeat market. Analysts at Credit Suisse said talk of mergers and acquisitions in the European postal sector is growing but they are cautious about the prospect, given declining traditional mail volumes and limited scope for synergies…more

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Dutch, Belgian Postal Services Hold Unsuccessful Merger Talks

May 30, 2016

Belgian postal service Bpost and Dutch rival PostNL on Sunday said they had been in merger talks but that negotiations ended without an agreement.  Bpost had made a friendly offer for all the shares of PostNL but “these negotiations have, in the end, not led to agreement on the terms of such a transaction,” the companies said in similar statements posted on their respective websites…more

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Royal Mail gets mixed bag from Ofcom postal regulation report

May 25, 2016

Concluding its review of the regulation of Royal Mail, the postal regulator has decided not to impose any new price controls on the company’s wholesale or retail products but it kept the cap on stamp prices and proposed tightening some rules in the ‘access’ market. Furthermore, Ofcom warned it would closely monitor the company as it was concerned Royal Mail “has the potential to cross-subsidise its parcels business through its letters business – where it has a much larger market share and an established delivery network – in a way that might disadvantage other parcel operators”…more

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Even the US Postal Service wants to start using blockchain tech

May 24, 2016

“The US Postal Service, or USPS, isn’t known for innovation. In the digital age, the USPS has become known for being inefficient, outdated, and frustrating to deal with.
Blockchain could change this. The technology is a decentralized digital ledger that’s accessible to millions of users and cryptographically secured, making it tamper-proof. Since everyone has identical copies of that ledger, changes are added instantly and data is protected even if a few people are hacked.  The Office of the Inspector General (OIG), with help from consulting firm Swiss Economics, published a report yesterday (May 23) examining blockchain technology and its impact on the postal service. The report outlined four ways the Post Office could use blockchain in the future”…more

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E-commerce gains continue to drive logistics rent growth, according to CBRE report

May 24, 2016

As e-commerce growth and demand goes, so goes the increased need for e-commerce fulfillment centers and distribution centers, according to the debut issue of the Global Prime Logistics Rents report recently issued by global commercial real estate firm CBRE Group Inc…more

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Report:  US Postal Service Could Create its Own Digital Currency

May 24, 2016

The US Postal Service (USPS) has released a new report outlining how it could adopt blockchain technology within its operations.  The report, issued by the Postal Service’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG), suggests that the service should consider using the technology to reinforce its supply chains, create connected device networks or even issue its own digital currency.  Published today, the OIG report posits that in the short-term, the government should devote resources to weighing where applications could be made, arguing that “beginning to experiment with its possible applications could benefit postal operations and customers”…more

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Higher Ed Innovations Shine at Maker Faire Bay Area 2016

May 23, 2016

Innovation and experimentation took center stage at Maker Faire Bay Area 2016 this weekend.  Held at the San Mateo Event Center outside San Francisco from May 20 to 22, the 11th annual event paid tribute to the Maker movement by pulling in creative minds from across the area. Attendees rode flying bicycles, pet robotic dragons and manipulated light as part of interactive displays from companies and organizations, clubs and even individual makers.  Local universities also got in on the action: CalSol, the student-run solar vehicle team at the University of California, Berkeley, sent a team to show off its latest creation: a solar-powered car it designed and built to race at highway speeds…more

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Congressman Ted Lieu Calls for “Systemic Fix” of U.S. Postal Service

May 23, 2016

A congressman from the South Bay said the U.S. Postal Service needs a major overhaul to fix its widespread problems, including mail theft.  Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Manhattan Beach, met with Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan at a recent hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.  Torrance Resident Rick Beaver said when he goes to his mailbox, he doesn’t know what to expect. He is now used to getting his neighbors’ mail in his Torrance condo building…more

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App that sends postcards from your phone:  New Royal Mail programme will allow you to choose a holiday snap and write a message before turning it into a physical card

May 23, 2016

Buying postcards, finding stamps and tracking down a post box while abroad is a chore for many holidaymakers. But a new app, launched by the Royal Mail, enables tourists to send their holiday snaps home as postcards without all the bother…more

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Royal Mail Launches New Photo Print & Delivery Service

May 19, 2016

Royal Mail has announced a new direct marketing hybrid print tool aimed at SMEs and a new photo printing app alongside its year-end results…more

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Royal Mail Posts Better Than Expected FY results despite lower letter volumes

May 19, 2016

Royal Mail posted better-than-expected full year pre-tax profits of £538m, despite a 3% fall in addressed letter volumes, as cost controls took effect.
Overall revenues were down 1% to £9.2bn. Parcel revenues rose by the same amount, while volumes in that division climbed 3%…more

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Post Office Goes Digital with New Mailing Service for Important Documents

May 19, 2016

The South African Post Office has launched what may be a way to ensure that important documents don’t get lost and reach recipients on time, with the help of technology.
The Post Office today announced the launch of its eRegistered Mail service, which lets organisations and individuals send important and sensitive electronic documents…more

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UPS and SAP Push On-Demand 3D Printing

May 18, 2016

You want to order a part now and get it tomorrow? UPS and SAP are working on it. Shipping giant United Parcel Service thinks 3D printing has come of age and aims to capitalize on that. On Wednesday the company said it is launching a distributed network that will enable customers to order and receive 3D printed parts quickly—within a day in some cases…more

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Oshkosh Corp. Competes for Postal Truck Contract

May 17, 2016

Oshkosh Corp. and other companies are angling for a $5 billion U.S. Postal Service contract to build mail trucks over several years. At least 14 other companies have bid on a contract to build 180,000 postal vehicles over three years, a fleet that would replace the service’s weathered mail trucks. Oshkosh Corp. Vice President of Corporate Communications John Daggett said Tuesday that the company has bid on the project and is waiting for USPS to narrow down winners that would build mail truck prototypes for testing…more

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Popularity of Subscription Boxes Means Rethinking How E-Commerce Logistics Work

May 17, 2016

Subscription boxes are a hot retail category, but the business has a problem, especially when it comes to beauty product boxes. While other companies in e-commerce are super-focused on efficiency and logistics, boxes that change their inventory every month and often let users add on to or customize their selections are a logistical nightmare and often have to be hand-packed.
The Wall Street Journal looked at this growing industry as part of a series of articles on logistics: that is, how companies get items from where they were made to your doorstep. Special challenges in subscription boxes include customers’ expectation of luxury packaging and the need to ship containers full of small and fragile containers of expensive cosmetics…more

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Special Delivery:  China’s logistics boom

May 16, 2016

It’s well known China’s technology giants such as Alibaba and Tencent have helped foster the country’s surging e-commerce industry by providing consumers a digital way to shop and pay, as well as merchants a convenient way to sell and get paid.  What is less well-known is how China’s logistics industry, especially in the express delivery service sector, has flourished and advanced in the past 10 years, completing the last mile of service and delivering the ultimate customer experience…more

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Postal workers union hails Liberal government’s Canada Post review

May 16, 2016

Canada’s Liberal government unveiled a public review earlier this month of the operations of the state-controlled Canada Post. The review is designed to provide cover for the government to restructure Canada’s postal service to make it a more profitable concern at the expense of postal workers…more

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Postal banking an investment worth delivering:  McQuaig

May 12, 2016

For those with a yacht or a Porsche, banks are warm, welcoming places. But banks are considerably less hospitable to those needing financial services that don’t include “wealth management.”  Indeed, for hundreds of thousands of Canadians who have no wealth to manage and really aren’t richer than they think, banks are increasingly inaccessible places.  As they’ve turned their attention to catering to the wealthy, Canada’s six big banks have shut down more than 1,700 branches across the country in recent years. In many rural communities today, you’re no more likely to see a bank than a buffalo.

This has left hundreds of thousands of Canadians without bank accounts, including many low-income city dwellers – notably young people with poor credit ratings and lack of identification – who now rely on pay-day loan companies charging annualized interest rates well above 300 per cent. All this suggests there’s a compelling case for Canada Post to offer banking services to the public – as it did for decades until 1968. The possibility of reviving “postal banking” will be considered as part of a sweeping review of Canada Post, announced by the federal government last week..more

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Macys Reignites Retail Worries

May 11, 2016

Macy’s Inc. set off fresh fears about the health of the U.S. retail sector, after the country’s largest department-store chain reported its worst quarterly sales since the recession.  The company’s poor results and downbeat comments Wednesday triggered a selloff across apparel makers, mall owners, luxury brands and rival chains. Macy’s shares had their biggest drop since 2008..more

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You can Now Ask Amazon’s Echo to Track Your Packages

May 11, 2016

“Alexa, where’s my stuff?”  In a move that surprises absolutely no one, Amazon Echo users can now ask Alexa for tracking updates on packages from, of course, Amazon. The Echo smart speaker’s voice-assistant Alexa can now field questions related to any items you’ve ordered off its site, without needing to grab your phone or computer to check a package’s whereabouts..more

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Wal-Mart Steps up Attack on Amazon with Two-Day Delivery Service

May 10, 2016

Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s ShippingPass e-commerce subscription program will begin offering delivery in two days rather than three, escalating competition with Amazon.com Inc.’s Prime.
The retailer also is cutting the price of the program by $1 to $49 a year, according to a statement on Thursday. Amazon’s Prime costs $99 annually, though it also offers other perks such as free movies and TV shows..more

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Amazon is leasing more Boeing cargo planes to expand its shipping network

May 6, 2016

Amazon has reached an agreement with cargo airline Atlas Air Worldwide to lease 20 Boeing 767s to better help it ferry products around the US. The deal, announced today to coincide with Atlas’s first-quarter earnings, also allows Amazon to purchase up to a 30 percent stake in the aircraft company over the next 10 years..more

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Fixing the Post Office’s Problems

May 4, 2016

In recent weeks, Chris Edwards at the libertarian Cato Institute has called for the Postal Service to be privatized, and the Washington Post has called for it to be reformed from within.  Their solutions to fixing the Postal Service, which has lost $51 billion and blown though a $15 billion federal line of credit since 2007, are almost opposites. But their summaries of the problems are remarkably similar..more

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ShipBob finds a place serving crowdfunding success stories

May 2, 2016

Evanston-based Ampy raised more than $300,000 on Kickstarter. But when it came time to finally ship the product, a wearable battery charged by body movement, the company ran into trouble. Its shipper “had horrible service,” said Stephen Ross, director of sales. “In one instance, they almost cost us, like, $4,000 to $5,000 in sales. That’s when we knew we had to switch.”  So they turned to ShipBob, a Chicago startup that’s finding an identity as a shipping-fulfillment option for crowdfunded companies..more

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As Digital Fatigue Sets In, Readers are Waking up to Newspapers

May 2, 2016

For years now, media analysts have said technology will save print—and maybe it will, just not in the way they predicted. The news industry is going through an overload of information particularly in the digital sphere. We can point our fingers at the 24-hour news cycle. We can blame social media. But according to marketing expert Andrew Davis, 17 new Web pages are published every second. If you think about it, said Davis, in a span of five seconds that’s 85 new Web pages getting uploaded to the Internet.  Davis suggested that print products shouldn’t contribute to the surplus of information brought on by their digital counterparts. Instead, they should create content consumers want to consume—and that’s where quality over quantity comes in. With the recent rise of ad-blockers, it shows audiences are unhappy with their digital experiences, and as digital fatigue sets in among consumers, the newspaper industry—and print—is poised for a revival..more

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Should We Bring Back the Postal Banking System?

May 2, 2016

In the United States there are 40 million Americans who are “unbanked,” without access to the formal financial system. Shockingly, these Americans spend the same amount just to use their own money as they do to purchasing food–10 percent of their income.  Payday loans may be an evil but unless and until they are replaced with a better alternative they continue to be a necessary one. Eliminating payday lenders would prevent borrowers from taking on that particular pernicious type of debt but does not solve the underlying concern that many unbanked Americans do not have access to credit.  One of the proposed solutions to provide access to banking services for the unbanked is to use the United States Postal Service...more

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Amazon Crushes Q1 earnings; stock goes crazy

April 28, 2016

Amazon just reported its 2016 first-quarter earnings on Thursday after the bell.  It’s a huge beat across the board, and the stock is up 12% in after-hours. Shipping costs grew to $3.3 billion, up 42% from the same quarter last year. That’s the highest year-over-year growth rate it’s seen in over a year. Amazon’s rising shipping cost has been a concern for investors, and the company has been rumored to be building its own logistics network to handle delivery on its own...more

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UPS Q1 Shipments and Revenue Climb on eCommerce Orders

April 28, 2016

Average U.S. daily package volume for UPS rose 2.8% to more than 15 million, while domestic revenue grew 3.1% to more than $9 billion.  E-commerce orders in the United States and abroad pushed UPS small package delivery volume and revenue higher in the first quarter..more

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Strong An Post 2015 Results Despite Global Mail Downturns

April 28, 2016

In its 2015 Annual Report, published today, An Post shows a profit of €8.6m compared to €3.3m in 2014. Group revenues remain strong – Solid growth across subsidiary companies.  Donal Connell announces departure after ten years as Chief Executive..more

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Why Finland Mail Carriers are Mowing Lawns

April 27, 2016

“These days, the snail-mail business is, gently put, not very lucrative. In a world of email and text messaging, and an enormous array of mobile-communication apps, national mail providers have had to get creative to make money as mail volume shrinks and commercial delivery companies beat them to the front door.  For Finland, one new strategy involves delivering something other than mail. Starting next month, Posti, the country’s postal service, will start mowing their customers’ lawns..more

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74% of Consumers Check Return Service Before Deciding Where to Shop

April 26, 2016

The IMRG Blackbay UK Consumer Home Delivery Review 2016 showed that while UK shoppers are “relatively satisfied” with the quality of online delivery, there is also a gap developing between customer expectation and customer satisfaction in the area of returns.  While 74% consider a good returns service important when selecting the retailers they shop with, only 61% are actually satisfied with the returns service they receive..more

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Amazon Expands Restaurant Delivery Service, Adds Price Match

April 26, 2016

More consumers can now order takeout food from Amazon.com, and rest assured they are paying a competitive price.  Amazon is making one-hour delivery from 117 different local restaurants available to Prime Now customers in 33 ZIP codes across the San Francisco market. Using the Prime Now mobile app, San Francisco customers can view participating restaurants, browse menus, place orders, track the status of their delivery, and watch as their driver travels from the restaurant to the delivery address in real time..more

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Study Says Need for Delivery Speed Driving eCommerce Distribution Investments

April 26, 2016

The need for speed in ecommerce distribution, driven largely by Amazon Prime’s two-day promise, is behind increased investments in distribution center technology as well as a trend toward more smaller, forward-based facilities closer to the customer, according to a new study from supply chain consultants Zebra Technologies Corp.  According to the study, 48% of the 1,400 global IT and operations warehouse professionals polled said that as of 2015 they planned to increase the number of warehouses, while this figure jumps to 76% by 2020. At the same time, 61% said they plan to increase the size of their warehouse facilities by 2020, down from 65% currently..more

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eBay and Woolworths Trial “Parcel Drop-Off Service in Australia

April 22, 2016

eBay and Woolworths have launched a new pilot ‘Parcel Drop-Off’ service, which will be available in five Woolworths supermarkets across Sydney.  Local eBay sellers will be able to drop off a sold item at a Woolworths store and have it shipped by CouriersPlease directly to their buyer..more

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