The Friday Report: February 15th, 2019Quick wrap up of a few hot topic newsworthy stories in the supply chain logistics industry
Amazon Reportedly Plans Fee Reduction to Compete with FedEx and UPS
According to the Wall Street Journal, Amazon Shipping is planning to slash fuel surcharges and additional home delivery charges. The information was based on an email sent by Amazon to New York area shippers. Recently fuel surcharges for ground vehicles were reported to be 6.5% for FedEx and 7% for UPS.
In 2018, FedEx eliminated residential surcharges for the holiday season. During this same time period, UPS charged a $.28 peak fee, a
Consumers Report Expectations about E-Commerce Purchases and Delivery
Over the past decade, online sales have increased at a steady pace. E-commerce now
A new survey by Hanover Research and LaserShip indicates that consumers ranked free shipping, fast delivery times and easy return policies as the most important factors when selecting online retailers. Fifty percent of the 1000 consumers surveyed reported that they had abandoned an online shopping cart based on high delivery fees.
Millennial and Gen Z consumers indicated that they were willing to “pay a premium” for fast shipping. Survey respondents reported that they expected online purchases to be delivered in three days or less. By 2020, Millennial and Gen Z workers will make up approximately 70% of the workforce.
Walmart Gets Ready for Grocery Delivery Using Custom Cargo Vans
Launching a new pilot with
Grocery delivery service is currently available in nearly 100 cities and can reach 40% of U.S. households. Walmart plans to increase online delivery availability to 800 more stores later this year. Curbside pickup is available at more than 2100 U.S. stores and is targeted to reach 3000 in 2020.