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Exeter’s UPS delivery man an unsung hero of the pandemic – Seacoast Online

Apparently, I’m not the only one who gets excited when I see the boxy brown UPS truck driven by John Hartz arrive in my driveway.

John has become one of our local heroes during the pandemic.

Exeter loved him before this, but his popularity has taken on a new level since many of us have turned to online ordering to avoid leaving our homes. By Exeter’s standards, he’s up there with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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Some Companies Strained By Spike In Demand Amid Coronavirus – Pymnts

While Amazon is the beneficiary of a spike in new business as store closures move even more shopping online, the eCommerce giant told the WSJ it is spending hundreds of millions of dollars to hire additional workers and pay its existing workers more.

And delivery companies like FedEx and United Parcel Service (UPS) Inc. are in the midst of the kind of boom in home deliveries that comes at Christmas, while shipments to businesses have slipped with most businesses closed. Delivering to homes is less profitable because drivers ferry fewer packages across many more stops, UPS told the paper.

FedEx and UPS workers could face layoffs if the flow of packages continues to slow.

Its union has told UPS workers that there could be job losses during the slump, the report said. Some of the FedEx Ground division’s contractors have already laid off delivery drivers.

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FedEx slashes CEO’s salary, draws $1.5 billion from credit line – Reuters

FedEx Corp said on Friday it would slash its chief executive officer’s pay and draw down $1.5 billion from a credit facility as parcel delivery services take a hit from coronavirus-led lockdowns across the globe.

The company also plans to tap debt markets to bolster its reserves as the pandemic compounds its own troubles, including integration issues with its TNT Express acquisition, higher costs related to launching Sunday home delivery and the loss of Amazon.com Inc as a customer.

FedEx and larger rival United Parcel Service have asked the U.S. Treasury to move quickly to release billions of dollars in government grants and loans to support the sector amid falling demand.

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UPS driver wants to deliver business back to downtown Auburn – OA Now

Shop owners and restaurant proprietors in downtown Auburn have more in common than proximity to the AU campus and tough times brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak.

They have Tucker Boswell.

Boswell, 35, has been their UPS driver for about a year, pulling up in front of their places every day in that big, brown van to pick up or drop off packages. He chats them up about their kids, grandkids and how their businesses are faring.

“I like Tucker, he’s a really good guy,” said Michael Overstreet, who has managed Toomer’s Drugs for 20 years.

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How logistics operations are responding to coronavirus setbacks – Louisville Business First

United Parcel Service Inc. continues to carry out normal services, said Jim Mayer, spokesman for the company.

UPS announced Monday it would be supporting FEMA and other government agencies with supply chain and shipping services for respirators, test kits and many forms of personal protective equipment across the country to combat the coronavirus.

Mayer said he anticipates Worldport, UPS’ 5.2 million square foot package handling facility off Grade Lane, will play an important role for the temporary staging of critical shipments from overseas.