Federal Express

Hopes? No, Hops. USPS Wants to Ship Beer and Wine
August 8, 2013

Thanks to a bizarre law written in 1909, the U.S. Postal Service has been banned from shipping "spirituous, vinous, malted, fermented or other intoxicating liquors." The result has been big business for private carriers like FedEx and UPS. If overturned, the Postal Service estimates it could generate as much as $50 million annually, helping stem the tide that’s been going out the last 10 years or more. … Some state laws prohibit alcohol sales across certain lines, regardless of who the carrier is. … So a handful of vineyards in California and the Texas hill country may see reduced …

How to Fix the Post Office: Keep the ‘Last Mile,’ Outsource the Rest
June 4, 2013

A proposal to create a “hybrid” United States Postal Service would keep postal workers on their routes while allowing private companies to compete for mail collection, transportation and processing. Now all it needs is a divided Congress and a reluctant postmaster general to sign off on it. A new study released today by a non-partisan Washington think tank recommends a radical departure for the struggling United States Postal Service: a public-private partnership that would open up much of the service’s back-end logistics to outside competition

Internet Sales Tax Won’t Stop Me From Online Shopping
May 23, 2013

The Marketplace Fairness Act is a bill that aims to “level the playing field” between online retailers and brick and mortar stores. Most online retailers don’t have to collect state sales tax from buyers in states where they have no physical presence (like a retail store, warehouse or distribution facility). Changing that could be a windfall for state tax revenues and could change the retail landscape. Or will it? I keep reading about how troubled the physical retailing community is due to an inability to compete with the lower prices offered by cyber retailers who don’t have the same overhead,

FedEx to Fly Mail for Postal Service for $10.5 Billion, UPS Shut Out
April 25, 2013

FedEx Corp. won a seven-year contract with the U.S. Postal Service valued at about $10.5 billion to carry mail between U.S. airports, fending off a challenge from United Parcel Service Inc. The new accord to fly Express Mail and Priority Mail starts in October once the current deal ends, FedEx said Tuesday in a statement. The Memphis, Tenn.-based company didn’t give details beyond the value and length of the agreement. The contract locks in FedEx’s business with the Postal Service and erases concern that it would lose some work to UPS as the U.S. mail carrier restructures after years of

Posts Failing to Make Digital Mail Work Commercially, Says Accenture Study
March 15, 2013

The world’s top postal operators are struggling to make any material value out of digital mail, according to a new Accenture study. The report entitled “Achieving High Performance in the Postal Industry” suggests diversification of products and services is the key to postal survival, as it warns that competition from private sector operators could pose more of a threat to Posts than the long-term decline of traditional mail volumes. Accenture’s latest study on the top-performing national posts, and FedEx and UPS, states the belief that none of the top postal operators has really found the right business model to commercialize

World's Postal Services Struggle With Lower Demand
February 28, 2013

Sandra Vidulich is so excited about the leather boots she ordered through Amazon that she rips open the box in front of the postman and tries them on. "I looove them," she declares, as the driveway at her tree-lined home in rural New Zealand briefly becomes a catwalk. "They're cool." For now, a boom in Internet shopping is helping keep alive moribund postal services across the developed world. But the core of their business—letters—is declining precipitously, and data from many countries indicate that parcels alone won't be enough to save them. The once-proud postal services that helped build modern society

The Elimination of Saturday Mail Delivery: Is It the End or the Beginning?
February 25, 2013

The United States Postal Service has a vast market, reaching every address in the nation. However, the ailing Postal Service lost $1.3 billion in the first quarter of the 2013 fiscal year, continuing what has been a steady financial decline. In addition, the marketing industry has been abuzz over the recent announcement that USPS will end Saturday delivery of First Class and Standard mail. Many are asking, does this signal the end of direct marketing as we know it?

USPS Surprises CES With Eye-popping App That Brings Mail to Life
January 16, 2013

When I think of innovation, one of the last places I think of is the United States Postal Service. So color me surprised when USPS debuted a new app this week at the Consumer Electronics Show that works well and could increase a company’s interest in sending mail again. ... The app, developed with Aurasma, scans a piece of mail and uses augmented reality to make the paper an interactive ad. Ideally, companies that want to engage with potential customers could do so with a new kind of advertising—one that merges digital and physical ads

FedEx Overcharged Customers for Years, Sealed Email Says
December 14, 2012

FedEx has been “systematically overcharging” customers by billing businesses and government offices at higher residential rates, a company sales executive said in an internal email unsealed in a lawsuit. “I have brought this to attention of many people over the past five or six years, including more than one managing director, and no action has been taken to address it,” Alan Elam wrote in an e-mail on Aug. 2, 2011. “My belief is that we are choosing not to fix this issue because it is worth so much money to FedEx”

Big Day, Bigger Week for Online Shopping
December 12, 2012

Monday was the biggest online shopping day in what is likely to be the heaviest week ever for shopping on the Web, comScore Inc. predicts. The Web measurement firm says sales so far this holiday season are up 13 percent over last year. While the pace slowed a bit last week, comScore attributes that in part to there being two extra shopping days this year between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Between Dec. 1 and Dec. 7, web spending hit the $1 billion-dollar-mark on three days