Kevin Warren Named UPS Chief Marketing Officer

UPS (NYSE: UPS) today appointed Kevin Warren to the position of Chief Marketing Officer, effective June 1, 2018. Warren will report to UPS Chairman and CEO David Abney. He also joins the UPS Management Committee, the most senior leadership group in the company.

“With unprecedented demand from consumer and business customers, it’s critical for UPS to have a savvy leader driving innovative new marketing programs that support one of world’s most trusted and respected brands,” said David Abney, UPS Chief Executive Officer. “Kevin brings a wealth of experience to UPS with a strong global growth focus across multiple disciplines. He will guide critically important marketing initiatives as we continue UPS’s transformation.”

Warren will be responsible for all U.S. and international marketing, including the company’s product development, pricing, customer loyalty, industry segments, customer communications and public relations, among other functions. He brings extensive senior leadership experience to UPS and possesses a deep understanding of service-based businesses.

Bernstein: Amazon Flex Is No Threat To FedEx, UPS – Benzinga

Amazon.com, Inc. investors are always on the lookout for the company’s next disruptive business, and some believe it could be parcel delivery. Amazon Flex is not a major threat to United Parcel Service, Inc. and FedEx Corporation, according to Bernstein analyst David Vernon.

Amazon Flex is Amazon’s crowdsourced delivery model that could potentially challenge FedEx and UPS, but Vernon said Flex has major limitations.

“We see limited risk of full-scale diversion of volume from traditional carriers to crowdsourced models due to the constraints required to build efficient flex blocks and limitations on supply of ‘right-timed’ labor,” the analyst said in a Thursday note.

United Parcel Service : UPS Really Doesn’t Want to Ship Your Refrigerator With Your Socks – 4Traders

United Parcel Service Inc. jacked up fees by 30% to $650 for the largest items it delivers to discourage shippers from putting kayaks, refrigerators and other oversize items into a network meant for smaller parcels.

The higher fee on “over maximum limit,” or overmax, items is currently $500 and will jump on June 4. “The charge is intended to encourage shippers to use the UPS Freight network for these large items,” UPS spokesman Glenn Zaccara said.

UPS’s parcel network is primarily built for small and medium-size packages, which can zip through some automated sortation hubs at the rate of 416,000 an hour. Some large and irregular-size packages need extra handling and routing to bypass conveyor belts built for the smaller items, adding costs.

UNITED PARCEL SERVICE, INC. v. POSTAL REGULATORY COMMISSION – Leagle

TATEL, Circuit Judge.

The U.S. Postal Service holds congressionally authorized monopoly power over the market for some of its products, like first-class mail delivery, but for other products, like parcel post, it competes with private companies. To promote fair competition, Congress tasked the Postal Regulatory Commission with ensuring that the Postal Service sets competitive products’ prices high enough to cover all “costs attributable to [those] product[s] through reliably identified causal relationships.” 39 U.S.C. § 3631(b); see also id. § 3633(a)(2). In two 2016 orders, the Commission directed the Postal Service to include among the “costs attributable” to competitive products those costs that would disappear were the Postal Service to stop offering those products for sale. United Parcel Service, Inc., which competes with the Postal Service, petitions for review of both orders, arguing that the cost attribution methodology the Commission embraced is both inconsistent with the statute that gives the Commission its regulatory authority and arbitrary and capricious. For the reasons that follow, we deny the petitions.