Parcel delivery’s phantom peak-mageddon

The port congestion, rail bottlenecks and soaring costs that bedeviled many U.S. supply chains during 2021 didn’t become headline news until the fall. With the holiday shopping season looming, the mainstream media couldn’t get enough of stories linking supply chain problems with the potential for stockouts and late or missed deliveries.

Online Holiday Shopping Expected to Logjam Delivery

Delivery companies are warning shoppers to send holiday gifts and make online purchases within the next 10 days as a record number of packages are expected to be delivered. The U.S. Postal Service, UPS Inc. and FedEx Corp. have taken extra steps to ensure timely delivery of billions of packages this holiday season, including adding […]

UPS, DHL, and Other Shippers Warn of Holiday Shipping Delays

It’s typically around this time each holiday season that panic sets in for some buyers about whether gifts they have ordered will be delivered on time. Websites have started warning customers of the last day they should order to ensure their packages arrive before Christmas. But the surge in holiday shopping is slowing down the […]

FedEx rolls out 2018 rate increases

Transportation and logistics bellwether FedEx yesterday announced rate increases for various business lines, including FedEx Express, FedEx Ground, and FedEx Freight, which will take effect on January 1, 2018.

Last-mile business explodes on e-commerce demand

The last mile on the route to e-commerce fulfillment is getting crowded, with truckload, less-than-truckload, logistics and parcel operators all jostling to squeeze trucks onto residential roads and driveways leading to a consumer’s doorstep and customer’s dollars. (This article requires a subscription to the Journal of Commerce. To subscribe, please click on the above link.)

Reverse logistics takes off

As consumers are turning away from purchasing products in traditional brick-and-mortar stores in favor of buying those same goods online, the need for enhanced reverse logistics services is becoming increasingly more apparent.

Automated trucks, warehouses seen transforming distribution

When the future of driverless or autonomous trucks is discussed, the focus tends to fall on the technology, their effect on drivers, or how they would share highways with motorists, and rarely on their impact on warehousing and industrial distribution networks. Autonomous trucks are coming, and they will change how warehouses, receiving docks, and logistics […]

US mid-Atlantic, Northeast cargo delays linger after winter storm

Shippers across the U.S. can expect delays this week as the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast dig out from Winter Storm Jonas, which dumped two or more feet of snow on a region stretching from West Virginia to New England and created icy road conditions in an even larger area. The storm created a multi-day crisis for […]