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FedEx, UPS, and Amazon Dodged a Holiday Logistical Nightmare – MSN

This holiday season had all the makings of a logistical nightmare. Thanksgiving fell late, shortening the number of days carriers would have to ship an unprecedented number of packages. The last time the season was so short, in 2013, United Parcel Service Inc. failed to deliver orders from Amazon.com Inc. and others by Christmas, forcing the sellers to dole out gift cards and refunds.

In the years since, UPS and rival FedEx Corp. have spent billions of dollars to upgrade their networks. This was a chance to prove it had paid off, but it was also a key test for the internal logistics arm that Amazon has been expanding with gusto since that fateful 2013 holiday season. In a Dec. 19 statement, Amazon said it was on pace to ferry 3.5 billion packages globally in 2019.

This year they stood and delivered – Gulf News

US logistics and retail giants managed to get holiday packages delivered on schedule

The stretch between Black Friday and Christmas during the most recent holiday season was the shortest it’s been since 2013, a year that will live in logistics infamy after United Parcel Service Inc. failed to deliver gifts in time for their contents to become stocking-stuffers.

So the big question this time around was: Had UPS learnt enough — or more accurately, spent enough — over the past few years to avoid similar e-commerce pileups in its network?

And what of FedEx Corp.? The company seemed to offer up a fresh cut to its guidance every time management took to the airwaves last year and got itself banned in early December from carrying packages for third-party sellers on Amazon.com Inc.’s Prime service because of alleged poor performance.

UPS, FedEx Fees on Heavy Packages to Hit Consumers and Merchants – MSN

FedEx Corp. and United Parcel Service Inc. are escalating their war on bulky items by levying $24 fees on packages weighing more than 50 pounds.

Previously, packages weighing more than 70 pounds triggered additional handling surcharges. But the carriers are lowering their thresholds as part of an annual round of rate increases that could cause millions of packages to be hit by the fee—or force customers to change their shipping practices to avoid it.

The number of packages affected by the change could be significant. Neither company responded to questions about the estimated revenue the new fees would generate, but Shipware LLC, a shipping consulting firm, estimates that 14.5% of packages sent by its 100 largest shipper clients would be hit by the $24 fee under the new rules, up from 8.4%.

FedEx and UPS Have a New Problem With the Last Mile. It’s an Opportunity for Investors. – Barron’s

The “last mile”—the part of the global logistics network that brings holiday packages, among other things, to consumers’ doors—is becoming hotly contested.

And the rising competition is changing some minds on Wall Street, driving ratings changes on stocks such as FedEx and United Parcel Service. But the last mile is only part of the story when it comes to shipping. And the confusion created by the changing landscape is creating opportunity for investors willing to accept some stock-market volatility.

It’s easy to be confused by logistics. There is a lot to digest as e-commerce grows.