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Amazon to Offer Free Same-Day Delivery

Amazon to Offer Free Same-Day Delivery

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The feature is added for Prime members on orders of $35 and above as it rolls out the service to two new cities.

People Would Rather Wait Than Pay for Packages

People Would Rather Wait Than Pay for Packages

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Even during the holidays, waste beats haste as a determining factor in purchases. Favored delivery time of Canadians is five days or more.

Walmart Tests $50 Unlimited Shipping Service

Walmart Tests $50 Unlimited Shipping Service

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It's barely summer and the shipping wars are on! The big discounter aims its opening salvo at shoppers on limited budgets.

Demand Leads DHL to Expand Texas Operations

Demand Leads DHL to Expand Texas Operations

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The international shipper predicts the new 28,000-square-foot Houston facility will double capacity.

UPS Repositions, Launches Ad Campaign

UPS Repositions, Launches Ad Campaign

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United Parcel Service morphs into "United Problem Solvers" in a new TV, print, and online campaign.

Rules Are Set for Unmanned Aircraft; Progress Will Drone on Slowly

Rules Are Set for Unmanned Aircraft; Progress Will Drone on Slowly

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Don't launch that fleet of delivery drones just yet--unless you're willing to personally escort each one to its destination.

IMpb Codes Now Required for Commercial Package Pricing

IMpb Codes Now Required for Commercial Package Pricing

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SMBs as well as large enterprises can now find savings with investments in IMpb's.

Late Holiday Deliveries Slashed by 85 Percent This Year

Late Holiday Deliveries Slashed by 85 Percent This Year

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Better planning, more temporary workers, and heightened restrictions on retailers limited late deliveries to under 300,000.

Amazon Debuts One-Hour Delivery in New York

Amazon Debuts One-Hour Delivery in New York

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Prime Now offers Prime members in Manhattan free two-hour delivery or one-hour service for $7.99.

USPS Will Deliver Packages 7 Days a Week for Holidays

USPS Will Deliver Packages 7 Days a Week for Holidays

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The Postal Service ratchets up its game to match FedEx and UPS in a grab for a larger share of high package volume.

There Is No Such Thing as Free Shipping

There Is No Such Thing as Free Shipping

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But try telling that to the all-powerful, all-knowing consumers. Maybe they'll listen to Tom Caporaso, the head of FreeShipping.com.

USPS Direct Mail Campaign Targets UPS and FedEx

USPS Direct Mail Campaign Targets UPS and FedEx

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The Postal Service takes advantage of new dimensional pricing to seize commercial package and shipping business.

DHL's Parcelcopter to Become First Drone to Fly on its Own

DHL's Parcelcopter to Become First Drone to Fly on its Own

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The pilot project without a pilot will deliver prescription drugs to the North Sea Island of Juist.

All the Post Office Needs Is a Little Repackaging

All the Post Office Needs Is a Little Repackaging

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If big mailers want Standard Mail prices kept in line, they need to root, root, root for the Postal Service shipping team. It trails UPS and FedEx by $6 per package.

USPS to Reduce Business Rates on  Priority Mail

USPS to Reduce Business Rates on Priority Mail

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The Postal Service makes an aggressive play in shipping, dropping prices an average 2.3% for Commercial Plus customers.

Marketers Need to Address UPS, FedEx Rate Changes

Marketers Need to Address UPS, FedEx Rate Changes

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A leading shipping industry expert warns that size-based rates will affect marketing and pricing decisions when the rates take effect next year.

Will Amazon's shipping change retail?

Will Amazon's shipping change retail?

Amazon is expanding its nationwide network of warehouses as part of a plan to enable same-day delivery of products to customers—an exciting possibility for consumers, but a daunting one for retailers.

FedEx to acquire Polish courier Opek

FedEx to acquire Polish courier Opek

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FedEx will acquire Polish courier company Opek Sp. z o.o, likely finalizing the sale in late summer, said Jess Bunn, manager of investor relations at FedEx. Bunn did not disclose terms of the acquisition.

Marketers eye USPS' struggles with caution

Marketers eye USPS' struggles with caution

The embattled U.S. Postal Service (USPS) faces a host of new challenges, several of which threaten to directly impact marketers. However, many who rely on direct mail say that in spite of the tumult, they'll wait and see how things pan out before altering marketing strategy.

DHL launches new U.S. e-commerce site

DHL launches new U.S. e-commerce site

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Shipping services provider DHL launched on Oct. 17 a revamped website for U.S. customers, DHL-USA.com, which features improved navigation, search, paperless clearance and conversion calculators, said Robert Mintz, communications manager at DHL Express.

Postal Services loses more than $1.1B in February

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The US Postal Service saw a net loss of more than $1.1 billion in February, when mail volume dropped 1.5% to fewer than 12.8 billion pieces. The USPS reported $5.1 billion in revenue for the month, a 1.5% decrease compared with the prior February.

LL Bean launches free shipping for US, Canadian orders

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LL Bean introduced free standard shipping without a minimum purchase amount to all US and Canadian addresses on March 25. The multichannel retailer will also increase Visa cardmember benefits by doubling rewards on purchases made with LL Bean Visa cards.

Postal Service reveals new international shipping options

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The US Postal Service introduced three business-facing international flat rate shipping options on February 2. The USPS unveiled the products as it is trying to increase shipping volumes and increase revenue from shipping services.

FedEx mobile strategy aims for customer loyalty

FedEx mobile strategy aims for customer loyalty

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Mobile websites are nothing new, but today's marketers are revamping outdated sites to connect to a new customer - a social, on-the-go customer. FedEx, for example, had a mobile site in place for nearly a decade before it released a new, "optimized" version in late September, along with a new mobile app.

US Postal Service makes products available at Office Depot

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US Postal Service mailing and shipping services will be available at nearly 1,100 Office Depot stores, the two companies said August 16. Office Depot is the first national retailer to offer USPS shipping products and services.

UPS Q1 revenue jumps 7%

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Shipper UPS reported 7% year-over-year revenue growth during the first quarter of 2010 to $11.7 billion from $10.9 billion. Average volume per day increased to 14.93 million pieces during the quarter from 14.5 million the year before.

Postal Service to experiment with PO box strategy

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The US Postal Service, which revealed its 10-year plan to return to financial stability this month, will seek permission to change the classification of some consumer post office boxes. The move, which requires approval from the Postal Regulatory Commission, would free the USPS from pricing the boxes based on the rate of inflation.

UPS reports Q4 2009 revenues down 2.5%

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Shipper UPS reported fourth-quarter 2009 revenues of $12.4 billion on February 2, a 2.5% drop year-over-year from the $12.7 billion earned during the same period of 2008. Its full-year 2009 revenue dropped 12% from 2008 to $45.3 billion.

UPS to cut 1,800 jobs by April

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UPS disclosed on January 8 that it will cut about 1,800 management and administrative positions in an effort to streamline its US management structure. The shipper also announced that it will reduce the number of districts and regions in its domestic small package operation.

2010 shipping rates take effect today

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The US Postal Service's new rates for numerous shipping services, including Express Mail, Priority Mail, Parcel Return Service and Express Mail International, went into effect today.

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