UPS Launches Flat Rate Shipping
UPS recently announced their newest shipping option, UPS Simple Rate, which allows shippers to use their own packaging and pay a flat rate based on package size, instead of weight or geography.
The option applies to five package sizes, ranging from XS to XL, and shippers have the option to choose from three shipping speeds: Ground, 2nd Day Air, and 3-Day Select.
“UPS responds to our customers’ need for more convenience, choice and control,” said UPS Chief Marketing Officer Kevin Warren. “Simple Rate helps small businesses take the guesswork out of shipping by providing simple, fast and transparent flat rates nationwide with guaranteed on-time delivery and no special packaging required.”
Though UPS is not the first to offer a flat rate option (FedEx introduced its OneRate program in 2013), its maximum volume for flat rates is higher than FedEx – up to 1,728 cubic inches for UPS, compared to 1,452 cubic inches for FedEx. Additionally, FedEx does not allow customers to use their own packaging.
Amazon Announces New Robotics Hub
This week, Amazon announced plans to invest $40 million in a new “robotics innovation hub,” slated to open in 2021 in Westborough, Massachusetts.
The 350,000-square-foot robotics site will, in combination to Amazon’s other hub in North Reading, Massachusetts, “will serve as the company’s epicenter of robotics innovation.”
“We’re excited to grow our teams in Massachusetts and take advantage of the talent and regional connectivity that MetroWest offers,” said Tye Brady, Amazon Robotics’ Chief Technologist. “This will be a world-class facility, where our teams can design, build, program, and ship our robots, all under the same roof. This expansion will allow us to continue to innovate quickly and improve delivery speed for customers around the world.”