The company bought TNT Express in 2016 for $4.4 billion, beating out rival United Parcel Service for its European operations. The deal has failed to live up to expectations, with FedEx twice replacing the executive leading the integration efforts and the company taking multiple charges due to weak European sales.
A local delivery driver has gone viral in a TikTok dance video featuring essential workers.
The TikTok features 23-year-old Jamie Hernandez, a South High School graduate. Hernandez works as a delivery driver for UPS in Bakersfield.
The video shows four delivery drivers from different companies doing a choreographed dance. The TikTok was posted on Tuesday, Jan. 12 by Abiud Sando, a FedEx delivery driver from Washington, and has now surpassed more than 3 million views. The video has been shared by Complex and US Weekly and now has been seen more than 10 million times.
Hernandez said Sando created the dance and people requested he dance with other delivery drivers, so they made it happen.
UPS, FedEx, the U.S. Postal Service and other carriers pressed through a record crush of holiday shipments to deliver most packages in time for Christmas — but more than 2 million parcels did not arrive before the big day, according to new data.
Logistics data firm ShipMatrix said the on-time delivery rate for UPS was 97.6 percent for packages scheduled for delivery between Dec. 20 and 26, while FedEx came in at 96.5 percent and the Postal Service at 94.7 percent.
Because of the huge volumes of packages being moved, even those small percentages of delayed deliveries can affect millions of packages.
Someday soon, you may not be waiting for packages delivered by a truck — instead, they’ll come overhead, by drone. But they might look a little different from what you’ve seen before.
The Federal Aviation Administration announced new rules Monday for what it calls “unmanned aircraft” that weigh more than 0.55 pounds (or 0.25 kilograms) to operate around people during the day and night.
Among the new rules, the FAA said drones will need to broadcast their identification through a new system called Remote ID, which will help the government track both the drones and their base “control” stations. Drones operating at night will also need to have anti-collision lights and it must have no “exposed rotating parts” (like the flight blades) that could cut human skin. And those who manage the drones will need to have a drone pilot’s license with them whenever operating the aircraft.
For decades, an immutable law of business has been that whenever FedEx Corp. changed its pricing or related terms and conditions, rival UPS Inc. would soon follow suit. Or vice versa. However, a few changes to peak-season delivery surcharges that the two carriers announced within a week of each other signal that the long-held duopoly bond continues to fray.
There are still similarities: Both carriers will reduce their levies to $3 per package to cover the “additional handling” of shipments that are difficult to manage. UPS will reduce its per-package charge on oversize shipments to $31.45 per piece from $50, not far from FedEx’s revised charge to $30 from $52.50. The effective date of the new UPS levies is Jan. 17, just one day before the revised FedEx surcharges kick in. All the revised charges will stay in effect until further notice, both carriers have said.
But there are differences. For example, UPS, which disclosed its surcharges in a website post yesterday, will maintain its U.S. ground residential surcharge but cut it to 30 cents per piece from surcharge tiers of $1 to $3 per package that expire Jan. 16. FedEx’s residential delivery surcharges, which ranged from $1 to $5 a parcel and were imposed Nov. 2, will disappear entirely on Jan. 17.