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For FedEx and UPS, a Cheaper Route: the Post Office – Wall Street Journal

Agency Stretches to Handle Business From Express Couriers; Is the Price Right?

FedEx Corp. and United Parcel Service Inc. increasingly are moving their own packages through the U.S. Postal Service, putting pressure on the quasigovernmental agency and raising questions about whether the USPS is charging enough for the service.

For FedEx alone, the post office delivers an average of 2.2 million packages a day, or about 30% of the express-mail company’s total U.S. ground segment.

UPS won’t specify how much of its shipments go through the post office, but a regulatory filing indicates those type of lightweight shipments accounted for 40%—or about 37 million packages—of its total increase in ground shipments in 2012.

Smart Maps Help UPS Meet Carbon Goal Three Years Early – Bloomberg

United Parcel Service Inc., which reached a 2016 goal of reducing global carbon dioxide emissions by 10 percent three years early, has a new target: 20 percent by 2020.

The world’s largest package-delivery company plans to use more alternative-fuel vehicles and expand its ORION software in the U.S. as part of that effort, Chief Sustainability Officer Rhonda Clark said in a telephone interview.

“People compare it to GPS, but ORION goes so much further” in optimizing routes by combining map data and time-sensitive package information, Clark said. Previously “a typical UPS driver would deliver all of the air stops in the morning and sometimes have to backtrack to go back and deliver ground stops.”

UPS’s Kuehn Says Hard for Drones to Deliver Safely (Audio) – Bloomberg

Kurt Kuehn, chief financial officer at United Parcel Service, Inc., says the use of drones by the package delivery company is “a long way off.” Kuehn talks with Bloomberg’s Pimm Fox and Carol Massar on Bloomberg Radio’s “Taking Stock” on July 30th. Rhonda Clark, chief sustainability officer at UPS also participated in the discussion.

UPS Cuts Profit Outlook on Costs for Holiday Shipments – Bloomberg

United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS) lowered its full-year profit outlook as the company boosts spending to help handle booming demand for fast shipping during the holidays. The shares tumbled the most in a year.

The company now forecasts earnings per share to be $4.90 to $5, it said in its second-quarter statement today. That’s lower than the outlook the Atlanta-based company gave in April of $5.05 to $5.30 a share.

UPS said it plans to spend $175 million on improving its shipping during the holiday crush, specifically expanding operations on the day after Thanksgiving, and making improvements to its Orion software that helps plot the best route for drivers. Last year harsh winter weather and a last-minute surge in online orders caused UPS to miss some Christmas deliveries.

Why United Parcel Service (UPS) Might Surprise This Earnings Season – NASDAQ

Investors are always looking for stocks that are poised to beat at earnings season and United Parcel Service, Inc. may be one such company. The firm has earnings coming up pretty soon, and events are shaping up quite nicely for their report.

That is because United Parcel Service is seeing favorable earnings estimate revision activity as of late, which is generally a precursor to an earnings beat. After all, analysts raising estimates right before earnings-with the most up-to-date information possible-is a pretty good indicator of some favorable trends underneath the surface for UPS in this report.