UPS formalizes its new surcharges while FedEx’s less-discussed peak season impacts are at least as costly to shippers.
Particularly noteworthy for parcel shippers: the retail landscape is ever-changing and shopper expectations have been raised because of it.
The game of chess between UPS® and FedEx® continues to heat up, as both carriers make strategic moves to outperform the other. Over the last year, the carriers have made some significant changes and taken steps to stay competitive with one another—steps like competing GRIs and UPS’s aggressive moves in Worldwide Express.
Earlier this year, FedEx® announced it would change its dimensional weight divisor for US domestic shipments. Starting January 2, 2017, the FedEx Express and FedEx Ground US domestic dimensional divisor will be changed from 166 to 139.
Both UPS and FedEx recently announced their 2017 General Rate Increases, or GRI. This year, the carriers announced their GRI about six weeks earlier than usual, meaning we can expect to see the SurePost and SmartPost rates soon.
Data. It’s important. Especially when it can make the difference of tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars for shippers, having access to—and a deeper understanding of—the data within a shipping profile. But it can also be important for carriers.
We recently posted about the coming parcel “triopoly,” as DHL returns to the US prepared to compete with shipping giants FedEx® and UPS®. If you haven’t heard of DHL or you’re simply unfamiliar with what they’ve been up to overseas, here is a quick primer.
UPS® is making a bold move to allow shippers guaranteed rush delivery to more countries than ever before. To date, UPS Worldwide Express Service provides service to a total of 117 countries and territories.