Weekly Roundup: Amazon Gets More Aggressive with Shipping, Posing Potential Challenge to UPS and FedEx
This just in: Amazon is now offering direct-to-consumer shipping services in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York/New Jersey.
While Amazon has been expanding their air fleet via jets, UPS is expanding their air transportation in a different category – drones. UPS is now the first and only FAA-sanctioned company allowed to use drones to deliver packages.
“How could they charge me four-times as much without so much as asking me about it?” That’s the question on UPS customer Irum Haque’s mind after finding an unexpectedly steep charge on her credit card statement.
Imagine you’re in your backyard, lying on a blanket in the grass or sitting on a porch, looking up into the night sky. There are stars, a planet or two – maybe a meteor streaks across the sky. Now, imagine that you are looking at all of this through a telescope; details become finer and you’re able to see everything with a clearer, more precise view.
Significant amounts of snow and icy weather invaded the Midwest in the past few weeks, leading to blizzard warnings being issued across several states. Some parts of the United States recorded temperatures colder than Antarctica.
With the addition of G/L Coding Plus, VeriShip provides a streamlined approach to record keeping when it comes to your company’s shipments. This premium feature acts as a checks and balance system for all revenues and expenses, creating a tool to easily track and organize your company’s shipping accounts.
Since 2010, the average rate hike imposed by both UPS & FedEx has been 4.9% every year. With the surcharges and ancillary fees that come with free shipping, some rates could rise to as much as 30% in the near future according to some analysts.
If you’ve been with your parcel carrier – either FedEx or UPS – for a while, chances are you’re not getting the best rates. But you can change that calculus if you’re willing to engage their competition, even if you’re not sure you’d be willing to switch.
For the 2018 peak shipping season, FedEx and UPS aren’t deviating far from the strategy they established for 2017’s holiday season. In fact, this year expenses for shippers will go up, with some of the increases particularly audacious.
With most UPS shippers a few invoice cycles into this new normal since the Shipping Charge Correction Audit Fee went into effect June 4, the actual impact has come into focus. For nearly 54% of businesses, the results aren’t pretty.