Combo of 3D printing and fast shipping will lead next industrial revolution – or disrupt it – FreightWaves

3D printing first became feasible in 1981. In recent years the technology has been adopted by an increasing number of manufacturing companies to develop cheap prototypes for testing and to efficiently produce spare parts. 3D printing can produce any complex solid object with computer-aided design. Manufacturing applications for 3D printing include a wide range of complex machines from jet engines and smartphones to more simple goods like toys.

Fast Radius has the backing of UPS to manufacture products for its global supply-chain.

“3D printing is becoming the face of manufacturing and distribution,” said David Abney, UPS Chairman and CEO. “It allows manufacturers to go from mass production to custom production.”

Fast Radius’s presence is growing across UPS’s distribution network. Abney stated that there is now a 3D factory located at the UPS All-Points Hub in Louisville, Kentucky. He also asserted that UPS will be able to take orders for a non-existing product and deliver it the next day.

The UPS Store Ranks In Top Five Of Entrepreneur Franchise 500 For Third Year

Business, postal and shipping services giant leads ranking in non-food category

The UPS Store® network, the largest franchise system of retail shipping, postal, print and business service centers in the United States, has been named one of the world’s top franchise brands according to Entrepreneur Magazine’s 2019 Franchise 500 list. With over 1,000 companies around the globe applying to be a part of this ranking in 2018, The UPS Store is ranked #5 and is first in its category. Additionally, this marks the 29th year of the retail brand’s inclusion within this selective ranking program and its third year in the top five.

EU court paves way for $2 billion UPS claim as annuls TNT bid veto – Reuters

Europe’s top court opened the way to a $2 billion damages claim by U.S. delivery company UPS (UPS.N) on Wednesday by annulling a 2013 decision to stop it buying Dutch firm TNT Express.

The European Court of Justice said the ruling followed a procedural error by the European Commission in its veto, which paved the way for FedEx Corp (FDX.N) to acquire TNT Express for 4.4 billion euros in 2016, a deal it approved.

UPS, which has said it is seeking 1.74 billion euros ($1.98 billion) from the European Commission, said it was pleased the court agreed that the company had been given a fair hearing.

UPS Appoints Philippe Gilbert President, Supply Chain Solutions

UPS (NYSE: UPS) today announced Philippe Gilbert will join the company as President, Supply Chain Solutions, effective January, 2019. He will also join the UPS Management Committee, the company’s senior-most leadership group. Gilbert will report to UPS Chief Operating Officer Jim Barber and will be based at the company’s global headquarters in Atlanta.

The UPS President, Supply Chain Solutions role is a newly created position. Gilbert will be responsible for Global Logistics and Distribution, Global Freight Forwarding, UPS Freight as well as the technology-driven truckload freight brokerage business at Coyote.

Most recently, Gilbert served as Regional CEO of the Americas for DB Schenker Logistics, based in Miami, Florida. In this role he led air, ocean, and land logistics in the United States, Canada, and eight countries in Latin America. He previously was Regional CEO for West Europe from 2013 to 2015, based in Paris, France.