United Parcel Service

Analyzing the FedEx, UPS 2017 Holiday Surcharge Increases
August 8, 2017 at 10:06 am

Both FedEx and UPS have announced new, temporary holiday surcharges that will impact shipping costs for e-commerce businesses this holiday season. UPS In June, UPS announced a new peak season charge applicable during selected weeks in November and December 2017 for U.S. Residential, Large Packages and Packages Over Maximum Limits. The increase means that every…

UPS to Add Surcharges for Holiday Deliveries
June 20, 2017 at 10:21 am

United Parcel Service (UPS) will levy peak surcharges to U.S. residential packages for the holiday season, an unprecedented move by the shipping giant to pay for rising costs. The charges, ranging from 27 cents to 97 cents per package, will be applied to individual and commercial customers shipping to U.S. residences in November and December, UPS…

Retail Right Now: September 9
September 9, 2016 at 9:27 am

In this week's edition of Retail Right Now, we recap the week's biggest retail news, including a rate hike from UPS, job cuts at QVC and Chico's, and what's happening at New York Fashion Week.

UPS Announces Rate Increase
September 7, 2016 at 11:22 am

UPS announced last week it would increase U.S. air and ground shipping and international shipping by 4.9 percent starting Dec. 26. The hike starts even earlier (Sept. 9) for consumers and businesses shipping items over 150 pounds in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. UPS has continually raised its rates 3 percent to 5 percent…

China Grants Unconditional Approval of FedEx, TNT Express Merger
May 2, 2016 at 10:57 am

In its ongoing efforts to merge, FedEx and TNT Express jointly announced last Friday the unconditional approval of the Ministry of Commerce People’s Republic of China. After winning approvals in the United States (November 2015), EU (January 2016) and Brazil (February 2016), China was the last major regulatory hurdle for FedEx to gain in its…

Top 10 Stories of the Year
December 23, 2015 at 11:20 am

With this being the last issue of Total Retail Report of 2015 (it returns on Mon., Jan. 4), we thought it would be a good time to put together a list of our most popular content of the year. This content is ranked in order based on the number of page views. Our best wishes…

UPS Charges USPS Illegally Subsidizes Shipping Services
December 14, 2015 at 10:00 am

If UPS has its way, it could cost more to ship a package through the U.S. Postal Service. The shipping giant is petitioning federal regulators to force the Postal Service to adjust the way it calculates its costs, arguing that the agency is using the proceeds from its monopoly First Class mail to subsidize the…

UPS Announces 2016 General Rate Increase
October 16, 2015 at 10:09 am

Effective Dec. 28, 2015, UPS Ground rates and accessorial charges will increase by an average net 4.9 percent. UPS Air and International services and accessorials, including UPS Air Freight rates within and between the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, will increase an average net 5.2 percent. UPS Freight rates will increase an average net of…

Oops … They Did it Again! FedEx Increases Fuel Surcharges On All Products
September 23, 2015 at 10:27 am

On the heels of a fuel surcharge adjustment just this past February, FedEx is once again adjusting its fuel surcharge index nine months later. Effective Nov. 2, 2015, fuel surcharges for FedEx Express and FedEx Ground will change resulting in Express/International increases of 1.5 percent to 1.75 percent, and Ground increases of .5 percent to…

Impact of UPS and FedEx Dimensional Pricing Changes
August 24, 2015 at 11:25 am

In my observation, the vast majority of volume parcel shippers have tried to mitigate the impact of the 2015 dimensional pricing changes through a number of strategies. They include the following: carrier contract negotiations; diverting freight to regional carriers and the U.S. Postal Service that might offer higher DIM divisors and thresholds than the national…