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Small U.S. firms may struggle with new UPS, FedEx dimensional prices – Reuters

United Parcel Service Inc and FedEx Corp are rolling out new pricing systems to curb online retailers’ large package sizes, but industry experts warn many small firms are unprepared and could pay up to 50 percent more for shipping.

Starting Monday, UPS will no longer charge for U.S. ground packages under 3 cubic feet by weight but by their “dimensional weight.”

Memphis-based FedEx will roll out the same change on Jan 5.


Package delivery appears jollier this year – USA Today

A white Christmas wasn’t in the cards for most of the U.S., but that bodes well for package delivery. So does the fact that both Federal Express and UPS say they’ve refined their systems to help prevent missing packages.

UPS reported things were “running smoothly” on Christmas Eve day and “we continue to deliver strong volume,” spokeswoman Andy McGowan said in an email.

“Our drivers are delivering throughout the day today and we will make every attempt to deliver all packages in time for Christmas,” added McGowan. “We have worked closely with our customers to meet their needs while ensuring that our network provides reliable delivery service.”

But mishaps still happen.

UPS driver taken off road after truck hits woman in Evanston – Chicago Tribune

The UPS driver who struck and seriously injured a female pedestrian in Evanston Monday evening has been taken off the road pending the outcome of an internal company investigation, a UPS spokeswoman said Tuesday.

UPS spokeswoman Susan Rosenberg said the driver has been pulled off the road pending the outcome of the internal probe into the crash.

“Police released the packages in the vehicle,” she said. “We were able to complete the deliveries for that route. Another driver is on that route, and we (are providing service) in the area (Tuesday).”

Man pinned between tractor, trailer at UPS facility in DeWitt –

At about 12:50 a.m. a 38-year-old man was backing a tractor up to a trailer at the UPS Customer Center on Northern Boulevard in DeWitt, Sgt. Chase Bilodeau said.

While backing up, the driver accidentally pinned a 37-year-old man in the abdomen between the tractor and the trailer, Bilodeau said. Police and Rural Metro ambulance responded to the scene.