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FedEx just launched a new service that takes on Amazon's super popular fulfillment program

FedEx Fulfillment, which the shipping giant launched on Tuesday, is an effort by FedEx to cater to the small and medium sized companies whose businesses increasingly rely on online sales.<p>The new FedEx service will handle the entire order fulfillment process: A company can send its products to FedEx …

eCommerce

Walmart introduces new shipping policy to compete with Amazon

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence "E-Commerce Briefing" subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>To make gains in the e-commerce market and catch up to Amazon, Walmart announced that it will now offer free two-day shipping on orders over $35, according to Business …

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Amazon will build its own $1.5 billion air cargo hub

Amazon is building one of the largest internal logistics and shipping businesses in the world, and if you needed any more evidence this was the case, the company just revealed that it’s investing $1.5 billion in a new air cargo hub, which will occupy a spot that crosses the Cincinnati and Kentucky …

eCommerce

This $1 Trillion Industry Is Finally Going Digital - MIT Technology Review

When Alexandre Millet books passage for cargo being shipped from China to the U.S. or from the U.S. to Europe, he does it much the way his …

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Amazon has entered the trillion dollar ocean freight business

Specifically, the Seattle-headquartered ecommerce giant has started handling the shipment of goods from Chinese retailers that sell on its platform to its vast US warehouses. Previously it left this to global freight-transportation companies.<p>Since October, Amazon has helped to ship some 150 …

eCommerce

Put your favorite controls in the MacBook Pro's Touch Bar

With the Touch Bar only displaying a handful of system controls at all times, here's how to get the most out of it.<p>Out of the box, the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar has four system controls available at all times: Brightness, Volume, Mute an Siri.<p>While you can tap on the "<" button to the left of …

MacBook Pro

7 tips and tricks for the MacBook Pro's Touch Bar

Get the most out of the Touch Bar with these handy tips.<p>As with any new gadget, there's a bit of a learning curve to it. The MacBook Pro's Touch Bar is one such gadget, with a series of features and added functionality that's not abundantly obvious on first use. Instead of trying to tap and swipe …

MacBook Pro

UPS Acquires UK Logistics Company Freightex (UPS) | Investopedia

United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS) is expanding its presence in the U.K. and Europe. On Jan. 9, the logistics company announced acquired Freightex. The …

The simple steel box that transformed global trade

<b>Perhaps the defining feature of the global economy is precisely that it is global.</b><p>Toys from China, copper from Chile, T-shirts from Bangladesh, wine from New Zealand, coffee from Ethiopia, and tomatoes from Spain.<p>Like it or not, globalisation is a fundamental feature of the modern economy.<p>In the …

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Amazon patent reveals its drone-deploying flying warehouse plan

Amazon's drone-delivery plans apparently don't stop with using flying contraptions to ferry people's purchases to their homes. Based on a patent it filed with the USPTO, the e-commerce giant dreams of launching big floating warehouses near crowded areas and happenings like sporting events. The …

USPS made an ornament that displays package tracking updates (updated)

Shipping presents to loved ones during the busy holiday months can be a stressful endeavor, but the US Postal Service is testing something new this year that puts a seasonal spin on the task. Officially called "The Most Wonderful Ornament," the Christmas decoration changes color as the the status …

Amazon and online shopping are creating a huge problem for FedEx

Underneath those headline results, the company's release and subsequent earnings call revealed a growing challenge for the company: too many packages.<p>In a possible case of "too much, too soon" it appears that the growth of online shopping through Amazon and others has burdened FedEx with a sudden …

eCommerce

2017 Toyota Prius: Captivating Enough To Engage A Car Guy?

I have avoided the Toyota Prius for the past 15 years. My refusal to drive the world’s top selling hybrid car was based on the premise that nothing about the “global green icon” appealed to me. I’m an automotive enthusiast ― a genuine car guy ― who gets his thrills from a throaty exhaust tune, …

Electric Vehicles

Amazon To Add Trucking App to Shipping Network Push

In a major new step in Amazon’s goal of building its own logistics and delivery network, the online shopping giant is developing an Uber-like app to …

Trucking

Federal money for Charleston port shows that the future relies on deeper water

It may be the most important seven feet in recent South Carolina history. These seven feet – of dirt, sand and a shellfish sediment called coquina – …

The shipping industry is poised for massive upheaval. Can FedEx weather the storm?

Between 10 and 11:30 p.m., as most of Memphis is winding down for the night, the FedEx Express World Hub is revving up for its busiest hours of the day.<p>Some 10,000 workers pour into the campus, ready to begin a mind-bogglingly complex ritual of steering packages to customers' doorsteps on time. …

Amazon drivers say they are pushed to the limit as holiday deliveries reach a frenzy

There are few things more important to Amazon than delivery. A large part of the reason the retailer is valued at $360 billion is that it has managed to get customers the things they want, cheaper and faster than its competitors.<p>Someday, the company promises, drones will deposit boxes at people's …

UPS and FedEx struggle to deliver on holiday orders

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence "E-Commerce Briefing" subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>UPS and FedEx are struggling to keep up with a surge in e-commerce order volumes due to the holidays, with each experiencing a decline in on-time delivery rates, reports The …

eCommerce

Japan’s Consumers Are More Resilient Than We Thought

Decades of economic stagnation have taken a toll on Japanese consumers, who went from being big spenders before the economic bubble burst in the …

Japan

The fascinating story behind Apple’s iconic ‘Get a Mac’ ad campaign

From the very first Mac ad that aired during the 1984 Super Bowl to the memorable “Think Different” ads featuring notable historical figures, Apple …

How to Secure Your Home Before Leaving for the Holidays Photos

It’s an unfortunate truth that the holiday season often brings with it a slew of home break-ins and burglaries. Pricey gifts, package deliveries, and traveler-vacated houses make for a seemingly perfect formula for crimes of opportunity. With the rise of ever-more sophisticated home technology, …

Hands on: 15-in. MacBook Pro delivers on speed and design – for a price

There's a lot to like in Apple's new laptop lineup, from the updated internal architecture to the twice-as-big multi- and force-touch trackpad and …

MacBook Pro

How to set up and customize your Mac from scratch

The MacBook Pro I'm writing this article on is my first laptop in nine months. Last March, my MacBook Air had an unfortunate drowning incident; in …

UPS air maintenance workers vote 98 percent to authorize strike | Reuters

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Air maintenance workers at United Parcel Service Inc (UPS.N) have voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike against the world’s largest package delivery company as contract talks remained deadlocked over health-care benefits, the workers’ union said on Monday.<p>United Parcel …

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17 Of The Best Desks You Can Get On Amazon

Because you can't keep doing everything on your bed.

Shopping

How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPhone—Easiest Method!

There are two ways to look at this phrase: how to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone. This can mean you’re looking for how to transfer pictures from an old iPhone to a new iPhone. Though it may also mean you simply want to transfer photos from your iPhone to a friend's iPhone. While the two …

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Shipping disaster looms as UPS workers vote to strike

About 80% of workers who are responsible for servicing UPS's fleet of planes took part in the vote, and of those, 98% voted to authorize a strike.<p>The decision comes after three years of negotiations with UPS over the workers' wages and health benefits.<p>If the workers go on strike, it could halt …

Customers

Cargo Owners Are Protecting Themselves From Becoming Like Hanjin Shipping

Cargo owners are becoming more concerned about risks and are shifting their business to shipping lines deemed more financially stable after the …

Customers

Apple is slashing prices on USB-C accessories amid complaints about the new MacBook Pro

The price cut is temporary. It starts now and will last through the end of 2016. Many items are heavily discounted, and many third-party accessories will be about 25% cheaper. (See the full list below.)<p>Apple has also cut the prices of the new displays made by LG, which were designed to work with …

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