OIG Blog: Attention Holiday Shoppers – A New Shipping Surcharge

Five months to go before the holiday shopping season and online retailers are already getting Scrooged. UPS recently announced it will levy new “peak” surcharges on packages delivered to residences between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Ground residential deliveries will cost 27 cents more per package in the last two weeks of November and the week before…

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UPS, FedEx roll out pricing for ultra-short-haul delivery services

New “zone 1” rates aimed at undercutting USPS’ prices on local deliveries. By Mark B. Solomon – April 28, 2017 UPS Inc. and FedEx Corp. are offering a new type of pricing for deliveries within a 50-mile radius, according to a person familiar with the companies’ strategy, in a move designed to divert local “last…

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DOD awards $5 billion in delivery service contracts to FedEx, UPS and Polar Air Cargo

Press Release – April 26, 2017 U.S. TRANSPORTATION COMMAND Federal Express Corp., Memphis, Tennessee, was awarded a five-year $2,351,165,436 (estimated) indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, fixed-price next generation delivery service contract. This contract provides express small package delivery services for international shipments and express and ground small package delivery services for domestic shipments. Service shall be provided for the…

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PMG’s Salary is $286,000 – one tenth of what UPS and FedEx counterparts receive

The chief executive of the U.S. Postal Service was paid less than one tenth of what her counterparts at competitors UPS and FedEx received last year. Postmaster General Megan Brennan’s salary during Fiscal Year 2016 was $286,137, the USPS revealed today in a financial statement (Page 72 of this PDF). The total value of her…

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USPS Capacity Limitations Restrain Amazon To Move Away from UPS, FedEx

By Hassan Ali – May 28, 2016 According to a recent research report from Bernstein, the investment firm believes Amazon.com, Inc. efforts to reduce dependence upon both UPS and FedEx by moving its reliance to USPS may not be a viable idea. For USPS to support the online retail giant’s growing demand, it would have…

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USPS OIG Blog: No Time like the Present

It’s Christmas in July for the retail industry. Holiday decorations might not hit stores for a few more months, but retailers are now working on their 2015 holiday plans. And you can bet that shipping strategies are a big part of those plans. Online sales made up about 10 percent of the $616 billion in…

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Frenemies: The complex relationship USPS has with FedEx and UPS

The Postal Record – June 2015 We see them each day, doing a job much like ours.  The drivers for FedEx and UPS are the most common sign that the Postal Service faces competition for package delivery. But are they only competitors? It turns out these two companies, and their employees, have a complex relationship…

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Video: Sen. Carper Hosts 2nd Bipartisan Briefing on USPS Challenges and Opportunities in the Digital Age

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 [Starts at 37:50] WASHINGTON – Today, Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), ranking member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, convened a bipartisan briefing that explored the challenges and opportunities facing the Postal Service in the digital age. Members heard from key stakeholders including the U.S. Postal Service Office of the…

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