UPS Set to Deliver More During the Holidays

Same Day DeliveryAs the holiday shopping season arises, online retailers aren’t the only ones expected to have sales increases.  The companies that will be performing the actual deliveries will have a hike in sales as well.  UPS has its’ package numbers forecasted to go up this year.

Internet Retailer reported between Thanksgiving and December 31, UPS is projected to top 700 million, which would be a 16.7% jump compared to about 600 million in 2015.  “The dramatic growth of online shopping and subsequent returns is expected to lift UPS package levels to a record high during this upcoming holiday period,” Kathleen Gutmann, senior vice president of worldwide sales and solutions, said during a call on UPS’s third quarter earnings. “Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve 2016, there are two additional operating days and we expect to complete over 700 million deliveries worldwide, about 100 million more than last year.”

Some other numbers has given an indicator to how the sales are about to rise.  For the third quarter ending September 30, UPS stated that U.S. average daily package volume increased 5.7% to 15.364 million packages from 14.540 million during the same time last year.  International package volume also went up by  7.5% to 2.788 million from 2.593 million year after year.

The article also discussed the UPS My Choice program, which will be used to help manage holiday volume surges. The program allows consumers who sign up to choose the delivery location of their package, whether to their home or an alternate delivery site, including a UPS Access Point location.  This program currently has 30 million members worldwide, compared with 20 million a year ago.  It has about 8,000 Access Point locations in the US, including UPS stores, Access Point “smart” lockers, in addition to sites like convenience stores and dry cleaners.

Chief financial officer Richard Peretz said regarding UPS business-to-business sales, “It’s the best growth we’ve had there in five quarters.  Returns growth in e-commerce is also very strong. It’s growing in the mid-teens.”  Despite lower industrial production, business-to-business grew roughly 2% primarily due to online retail returns, which is another aspect of delivery that has caused it to be even more vital in today’s business climate to be successful.  This is even true with Same-Day Delivery, as online shoppers have returns that are being made more now than ever from physical stores.

Traditional warehousing isn’t enough to keep up with the pace of e-commerce.  Technology has enabled customers to shop online quickly and want their purchases just as fast.  The retailer that can meet the shoppers shipping demand will be the one that gains and keeps loyal customers long-term.  This is why a viable option for retailers is to partner with a Same-Day Courier like AQuickDelivery to pick up and deliver items from store locations in no time.  The Atlanta Courier can be there for fast deliveries when UPS can’t be there for you.

Reference:  10.27.16, Internet Retailer, Tracy Maple, UPS expects holiday package volume to grow more than 16%

Google Express Grows, Adds Same-Day Delivery in 13 More States

same day deliveryIf any retailer is going to get remotely close to Amazon, they are going to have to implement at the same pace that the e-retail leader is doing.  The recent launch by Google shows that it has every intention of doing just that.

USA Today recently reported that Google adds 13 more states to its’ current list of cities that it offers Same-Day Delivery via  Google Express.  These new US states will include Alabama, Kentucky, Utah, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Wyoming and Washington.  These cities involve the Southeastern and Midwestern regions of the country and some of these states aren’t the most popular areas that delivering same day is sought after establishing there.  Google must have the numbers to show that states like Wyoming and Montana are profitable, especially to the retailers that Google is partnered with.

“At Google Express, our job is to make people’s lives easier. What we really are trying to do here is make it easier to shop from merchants you love,” Google Express General Manager Brian Elliott said in an interview with The Tennessean.  Easier is definitely the case for shoppers today, as there has been an increase in the comfort level on shopping online, instead of just at the brick-and-mortar store.  Mobile devices allows customers to order from anywhere at anytime, which gives the retailer that can meet that demand a competitive advantage.

Elliott also talked about in the article about utilizing its’ core competency to provide a product that will meet retailer needs.  “We think of ourselves as a technology platform because that’s what we’re really good at. We’re trying to build a platform that lots of merchants can participate in,” Elliott said.  Google partners with retailers like Costco, Whole Foods Market, Kohl’s, PetSmart, Road Runner Sports, Sur La Table, Fry’s, Walgreens, L’Occitane, Payless ShoeSource and Guitar Center.  As Google Express grows, the e-retailer hopes that more retailers will follow.
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Adding the new 14 locations, takes Google beyond its’ recent implementation which was in New York.  Earliest this month, Google launched same-day delivery in New York, partnering with some of the same major retailers it has implemented the new locations with.  Roughly 70 million people in over a dozen states, including the tri-state areas, ware able to easily order online from their smartphones.  This gives Google Express a good push forward with fast delivery in one of the biggest cities in the US before the holiday season begins.

Google’s example of rapid implementation shows that e-retailers can roll-out same-day delivery, and is only a matter of have the right partners in place.  Retailers can turn to a Same-Day Courier like AQuickDelivery that has the courier expertise and driver fleet to help any business enter the market of last-mile deliveries.  It takes creating the omni-channels to streamline physical and e-retail shopping for any company to go to the next level in today’s business world.  The Atlanta Courier assists hundreds of companies deliver products throughout Georgia, even nationwide.

Reference:  10.25.16, USA Today, Lizzy Alfs and Brad Harper, Google Express adds delivery service to 13 more states

No More Upfront Fees for AmazonFresh Grocery Delivery

same day deliveryGrocery shopping won’t be the same when AmazonFresh gets done.  Amazon’s latest move affirms the retailer’s objective to get the service into more households.  It use to be an annual fee for Prime members to get AmazonFresh, but now there’s no upfront cost anymore.

Amazon appears to be after taking same-day grocery delivery to the level of expansion of Same-Day Delivery in the US.  Recode.com recently reported  Amazon how the new pricing model for AmazonFresh is going to impact its’ growth.  The same-day grocery service use to be $299 a year, which is now $14.99 per month for existing Prime members.  For members that choose to subscribe to AmazonFresh, the monthly fee equates to $179 per year, plus the current $99 Prime subscription fee.  The $279 annual cost will still be less than the prior grocery service upfront pricing.  The new pricing will more than likely peak the interest of more customers as the holiday season approaches.

The change in fee structure could be a sign that Fresh is stabilizing and poised for more aggressive expansion,” said Keith Anderson, vice president of e-commerce analytics startup company Profitero.  With any value-added service performed same-day, expansion heavily depends on volume and costs.  The lower the service costs, the more attractive to shoppers it becomes.  Anderson went on to say, “This is supported by how prominently the new fee is being promoted on Amazon’s homepage in markets where Fresh is available.”

Also in the article, Anderson commented on how the new pricing for AmazonFresh is a better move.  He stated, “This positions Fresh much more favorably.  An incremental, annual $199, paid up front, was unprecedented and a huge hurdle for mainstream households to commit to, even if Prime members skew to affluence.”  The subscription fee essentially helps to carry the costs of providing last-mile delivery services.  What makes eliminating the upfront fee workable is that Amazon already has a strong working logistical delivery system in place from Prime.

Subscription programs have been successful and several other big name retailers have jumped into offering it, especially to compete with Amazon.  Recently, Google launched Google Express same-day service in New York for Costco, Kohl’s, PetSmart, and popular grocery chain retailer Whole Foods.  Google will be providing Google Express subscriptions for $95 a year, a little less than Amazon Prime’s $99.  This past July, Wal-Mart began rolling out its ShippingPass pilot program, offering free shipping with two-day delivery, with a low annual fee of $49.  Wal-Mart is giving shoppers the same products they can buy from Amazon such as clothing, electronics, health products, and more via Walmart.com.

The higher the demand for convenience becomes, the more same-day services will be implemented by retailers to grow online.  A Same-Day Courier like AQuickDelivery provides a variety of same-day delivery solutions throughout Georgia, even nationwide.  From groceries to retail products, the Atlanta Courier can fulfill online orders on time within hours.  AQuickDelivery already performs pick up and delivery for grocery stores in Georgia and can do the same for other retailers also.

Reference: 10.7.16, www.recode.net, Jason Del Rey, Amazon finally just proved it’s very serious about grocery delivery

Googles Competes with Amazon, Announces Same-Day Delivery in New York

Courier ServiceWhen it comes to quickly expanding Same-Day Delivery right now, no other retailer is doing it better than Amazon.  The e-retail giant just launched free same-day delivery in Toronto and Vancouver, taking the same process in the US and simply applying it in Canada.  Soon Amazon will be offering same-day delivery throughout North America.  This means retailers will have to become more aggressively if they desire to compete with Prime.

One e-retailer is not backing down, making an announcement of its’ own regarding same-day delivery.  Fox 5 News in New York recently reported Google will be launching its’ own Google Express same-day service in the big apple, partnering with big retailers such as Costco, Kohl’s, Whole Foods, and PetSmart.  The partnership creates a win for both Google and brick-and-mortar retailers, as last-mile delivery creates the store sales revenue needed via online shopping.  Essentially, retailers are able to utilized their store locations as warehouses and can deliver items quickly with a short distance from the nearest locations.

The report  stated that nearly 70 million people in over a dozen states within the US, including the tri-state areas, will be able to conveniently order online via their smartphones.  Same-day delivery thrives off of volume, and this many potential customers, Google Express should be successful within those areas, especially with the close proximity locations of major store chains.  For example, Costco has hundreds of locations nationwide, which will make it easier for same-day delivery to be effective and profitable.

“Google Express is a number of items you can order via Google and Google Express and have it delivered in under an hour,” stated online shopping expert Michelle Madhok in the article.  This level of fast service makes shopping online as close as possible to physically going to the store.  Shoppers will be able to pay either a per-order or annual fee, which Google Express subscribers pay $95 a year, versus Amazon’s Prime membership at $99.  Madholk also commented, “Depending on the item, some will take a little longer, but you can click ‘get this today’ “.  Same-day delivery is bridging the service gap between web and physical location, creating more sales for retailers, and at the same time, convenience and cost-savings for the consumer, such as gas and travel time.

With the holiday season approaching, Google could do even more expanding to compete with Amazon.  Amazon has free same-day delivery in a total of 27 city markets, including the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle-Tacoma, Dallas-Fort Worth, San Diego, Indianapolis, New York, Boston, Tampa Bay, Baltimore,Washington DC, Chicago, Orlando, Atlanta, Nashville, Raleigh, Richmond, Tucson, and more.  Google Express may consider any of these same major cities in order capture more holiday sales for itself and its’ partnering retailers.

A Same-Day Courier such as AQuickDelivery partners with retailers and various companies to develop same-day delivery solutions to drive more sales.  The Atlanta Courier has the courier expertise and driver fleet to help create the value-added services that today’s shopper is looking for.

Reference: 9.28.16, Fox 5 New York, Jennifer Lahmers, Google Express delivery service debuts in New York

Amazon’s Free Same-Day Delivery Goes To Vancouver and Toronto

Same Day DeliveryIt takes a retailer with enough momentum like Amazon to be able to do the level of growth that it is doing.  Shoppers have gravitated around utilizing Amazon like their local retail store, and getting their online items just as fast as they order them.  With the aggressive expansion of Same-Day Delivery, it is going to take other retailers to implement the same type of services to compete as e-commerce evolves.

Now Amazon not only has free same-day delivery in the US, the retail giant has shifted its’ sites northward to Canada.  The Financial Post has reported that Amazon.ca has rolled out the service in Toronto and Vancouver.  Two of the most popular cities in Canada will now have same-day services available for Prime members at no cost, which currently pay $79 annually for free delivery without a minimum order required. Prime members will also have the fast shipping option for all orders above $25 in both cities.  When you consider the volume that Amazon will create for same-day delivery, it is the driver that makes this service work, in addition to it being free.

“We have been working quite hard to improve the speed of delivery and we got to a point where we are now able to offer that service,” said Alexandre Gagnon, vice-president, Amazon Canada.  He also stated in the article, “In general, people using e-commerce tend to want to receive those goods as fast as possible. In response to demand we are launching this program.”  Essentially, shoppers have shown that they want their online purchases fast.  Amazon has created such a brand and demand, that offering free same-day delivery there now makes sense.  With Toronto being the largest city in Canada, once the service is established there, it won’t be long that Amazon will be implementing same-day delivery in other cities there.

It is the same pattern that occurred with Amazon with its’ same-day delivery program expansion in the US.  Prior to this year, Amazon already had free same-day delivery in the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle-Tacoma, Dallas-Fort Worth, San Diego, Indianapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Tampa Bay, Baltimore, Boston, Washington DC, Chicago, Orlando, and Atlanta.  Now, Amazon added 11 more US cities to its’ arsenal, including Sacramento, Stockton, Fresno, Louisville, Milwaukee, Nashville, Raleigh, Richmond, Tucson, Charlotte, and Cincinnati.

Jim Danahy, CEO of retail advisory firm Customer Lab, also was in the article and talked about Amazon’s impact with same-day delivery. He stated, “With the membership, Prime is like a Costco for online, and where they really made ripples when they first did this was during the holiday season. They have clearly demonstrated that same day and next-day delivery across the United States has made a difference. I can see this making a difference for people who are pressed for time. Many people decide which retailer they choose based on those kinds of features. It’s an infinitesimally small piece of Canadian retail at this point, but it is where the industry is going.”

Several big name retailers have caught on and are partnering with a Same-Day Courier like AQuickDelivery to develop same-day solutions in order to compete with Amazon.  The Atlanta Courier is established as a reliable source for same-day delivery in Georgia and has the ability to help any retailer grow quickly nationwide.

Reference: 9.27.16, Financial Post, Hollie Shaw, Amazon launches same-day delivery in Toronto, Vancouver

UPS Increases Staff For Holidays, Aims For Better On-Time Delivery

Holiday ShoppingWhen it comes to the holidays, an online shopper has just purchased a prime gift for their recipient and expectations are high regarding on-time delivery, especially when it’s Christmas.  Yet, it can all go wrong if the carrier that is supposed to deliver the online item prior to the holiday, actually delivers it two days after it’s gone.  Better yet, if it even arrives are the correct address at all.

These are the types of errors and more that leading carrier UPS is pursuing to correct for recent years.  USA Today has reported that UPS is set to hire 95,000 temporary employees to position itself for a higher rate of on-time deliveries.  The impact of staffing will make a difference in how packages are prepared, sorted and shipped.  One of UPS’s objective is to not only hire more staff, but also to assure that the seasonal help is the highest possible quality.  It’s no benefit to have thousands of workers without the effectiveness to match for the optimal goal of speed, yet coupled with accuracy.

“We’re ready to kick off our annual holiday hiring process, and need lots of great people for various positions on all shifts across the country,” stated Myron Gray, president of UPS’s U.S. Operations in a statement.  UPS has its’ sights on ramping up the initiative and beginning holiday season delivers in November, all the way into the new year.  Seasonal employees will help delivery all types of toys, electronics and more to thousands of locations nationwide.  These jobs will consist of full-time and part-time positions, will the possibly of them leading to permanent opportunities.

UPS CEO David Abney also commented in the article relative to the new employment opportunities available.  They will offer people an avenue to make additional income for their holiday shopping.  He stated, “For many it’s an opportunity to earn some extra cash for the holidays, but with many of our holiday hires getting permanent jobs with us, it can also be a gateway to a career.”

Online retail has steadily increased in recent years and is forecasted to reach $500 billion by 2018.  This means that there will be an increase in shipping packages that will come along with that growth as well.  Big carriers like UPS and FedEx have to manage being able to meet the demand of retailers, especially when that retailer is just as big as they are.  Amazon shows no signs of slowing down, as its’ Prime membership increases and it continues to offer two-day delivery free.  The e-retail giant has also implemented free Same-Day Delivery to Prime members as well, solidifying the trendy service within 27 major city markets nationwide.

Only time will tell whether UPS will have better on-time delivery during the holidays this year.  However, this will more than likely effect companies development quicker ways to ship.  A Same-Day Courier likeAQuickDelivery has a vast network and can not only deliver in Georgia, but also throughout the US.  The Atlanta Courier has the courier expertise and technology to spearhead efficient same-day solutions to fulfill online orders with short radius, or long distances also.

Reference:  9.15.16, USA today, Charisse Jones, Need some holiday cash? Here’s where to look

To Keep Up With Amazon, Retailers Seek Delivering Faster Online

Same Day DeliveryIt is not uncommon to see shoppers surfing online from their mobile device and conveniently placing an order in no time.  Retailer have to see the shift the technology has created in today’s e-commerce.  On-demand online purchasing has resulted consumers wanted their items fast.  Now the question for retailers is who can literally deliver.

Amazon has raised the stakes by delivering not only free two-day delivery to Prime Members, but by offering two-hour  delivery via Prime Now in several major US cities.  Earlier this year, Amazon’s expanded its’ free Same-Day Delivery program to a total 27 cities, including San Francisco Bay Area, New York, Philadelphia, Seattle, San Diego, Dallas-Fort Worth, Phoenix, Indianapolis, Baltimore, Washington DC, Chicago, Richmond, Atlanta, Orlando, and more.  It is only a matter of time that Amazon will have same-day delivery in every major city nationwide.

Whatever Amazon is doing, it is compelling others to implement faster delivery methods.  Internet Retailer recently reported how many top e-retailers in the US are seeking to deliver faster.  Via its’ newly released “Click, Ship & Return: Fulfillment Report”, the study based from 30 retailers showed how they were making delivery time improvements within the last three years.  The report tracked KPI’s such as shipping speed, order processing times and returns, showing the average delivery time was four days.

Depending upon the retailer, it may not so easy getting a delivery and fulfillment system turned in a different direction, especially when technology is moving rapidly.  The article mentioned how e-commerce analytics company Slice Intelligence found how the retailers are getting faster.  One ways was that retailers are building more distribution centers to fulfill online orders, and these facilities are storing merchandise close to many heavily populated areas that is resulting in fast turnaround times.  This is contrary to traditional distribution and warehousing, which utilized less fulfillment centers instead.  Essentially, the closer you are, the faster you can get it there.

Another aspect of their strategy has been to use their bricks-and-mortar locations to fulfill web orders and deliver them from there.  It is a faster method and it reduces the fees they pay shipping carriers.  Wal-Mart has begun testing same-day grocery delivery, being a prime example with its’ vast physical store locations.  It’s Shipping Pass pilot program has also been created to compete with Amazon Prime, giving shoppers a $49 annual fee option for free two-day delivery.  Even the largest retailer in the world is making adjustments online.

To keep pace with Amazon, a viable option for retailers is to partner with a Same-Day Courier like AQuickDelivery to develop an optimal same-day delivery solutions.  The Atlanta Courier has the expertise and technology suited for getting online purchases picked up and delivered to customers consistently fast from retail stores.  This is the aspect of order fulfillment that retailers can benefit from with AQuickDelivery creating cost-effective and efficient same-day services to compete in an evolving e-commerce.

Reference:  9.9.16, www.internetretailer.com, Kat Fay, Top e-retailers deliver the goods faster

Tesco Set to Launch Same-Day Delivery in London

Same Day DeliveryIt’s more than just US retailers that are strategically implement Same-Day Delivery to compete online.  Major grocery stores chains in the UK are doing it also.  Supermarket giant Tesco is the latest one with a new same-day service that it hopes to keep the retailer keep stride with Amazon.

The Daily Mail recently reported that Tesco is set to launch a same day ‘click and collect’ service for groceries from 300 stores throughout the UK.  Shoppers will be able to collect all of their orders placed before 1pm from their local store after 4pm the same day.  The time frame falls in line with most same-day services with the cut-off time, positioning companies to have the time necessary to make sure orders are fulfilled.  the cost of the service will be £2 for a two-hour collection slot from Monday to Thursday, and £3 for slots on Friday or Saturday.  The plus about Tesco’s click and collect is that customers can choose either a 4pm to 6pm, or 6pm to 8pm collection window slot for all six days.

“We know time is valuable to our customers and they expect more convenience and choice than ever before in how, when and where they do their grocery shopping”, Tesco said in the article.  The retailer sent on to say, “Our same day grocery click-and-collect service is available at nearly 300 stores across the UK and means our customers can get their shopping at a time and location that is convenient for them.”  There’s nothing like providing a value-added service that promotes customer loyalty and literally meet today’s shopper where they are.  The demand for convenience has increased as a result of tech gadget mobile use being on the rise.  The retailers that can master convenience, will be the companies that will continue leading the market.

Last month,Tesco’s competitor Sainbury announced that it will be rolling out same-day grocery delivery service in over 30 areas in England by Christmas of this year.  The new service is an addition to its’ the grocery retailer’s next-day delivery, which will be offered for all orders placed before 11pm, as long as a delivery slot is available.  Same-day grocery delivery will be offered for all order s placed online by noon, to be dropped off by 6pm the same day.  Like Tesco, Sainsbury will have a pick-up option that will be ready to pick up from 4pm.

Retail analysts Mintel expect  online grocery sales to increase by  73% by 2020, up from £8.6billion to £15billion a year.  The firm also found that 43% of people are doing some grocery shopping online, which  means it’s only a matter of time that same-day delivery will become a major staple in how we do business.  A Same-Day Courier like AQuickDelivery is who grocery store retailers can partner with to implement a suitable same-day delivery model for online shopping.  The Midtown Atlanta Courier has the courier expertise and driver fleet to create an optimal same-day logistics solutions that grocery store chains and other retailers are seeking to establish nationwide.

Reference:  8.24.16, www.dailymailcom, Sean Poulter, Tesco is to offer a same day ‘click and collect’ service for groceries as it moves to fight off threat from Amazon

Toyota and Lexus Launch Same-Day Delivery of Parts

Same Day DeliveryThe retail industry aren’t the only companies that are implement Same-Day Delivery to elevate service options.  Automakers have jumped into offering fast deliveries with hopes that it will add that kind of value that their dealerships are looking for.

Auto News recently reported how Toyota and Lexus have shifted to creating more delivery innovation by offering same-day parts availability to their dealerships.  This means dealerships that get their parts quicker will ultimately result in faster service.  Parts managers added that the service will lower loaner car use, more efficient use of service bays, and above all, a higher level of customer satisfaction.  Many times, the aspect of a car dealership that receives some of the top negative customer criticism is the service department, especially when there is a substantial amount of waiting time simply for the part to arrive, that actually was due for arrival the previous day.

Automakers use to only deliver parts to their dealerships as fast as the next day.  This is good to have, however, when a customer doesn’t have time to wait, this causes more expenses being created to accommodate them, such as loaner cars and rescheduling for pick up.  Yet, if there are any issues with receipt of that part, this will mean more time and more miles on a car that was only suppose to be loaned for one day.  With same-day delivery, dealerships can set better appointment times and mechanics can prepare their scheduling accordingly.

The new same-day parts delivery will more than likely change that, as even parts manager Luciano Restrepo of Keyes Lexus in Los Angeles the success that the dealership has had with the service thus far.  He stated, “That is the best thing Lexus ever did for us — the fact that we can get a transmission and a vehicle in and out in one day.”  He went on to say, “I utilize the service every single day.”  This shows that automakers have made the correlation between faster parts delivery, faster service and better customer service.  The key that separates one dealership from another is the time it takes to effectively meet a customers’ service demands.

The article also mentioned how most automakers up to this point have been hesitant to offering same-day delivery for parts due to cost and complexity.  With fast delivery, cost management is essential in making the service work.  The volume  at which companies implement the service can quickly result in generating revenue if it has low costs, or significant losses if expenses are out of control without the fees to cover them.  Companies like Amazon are offering the service free to yearly subscribers, coupled with minimum orders, help cover costs.  In Amazon’s case, the e-retailers has the economies of scale to match, making its’ same-day delivery stable and profitable.

Other automakers can partner with a Same-Day Courier like AQuickDelivery to get their parts to local dealers in no time.  The Atlanta Courier has the logistical expertise to develop an optimal same-day solution to ship parts quickly to and between dealerships throughout Georgia.  From parts route delivery to dealership-to-dealership shipping, getting parts the same day to your destination is what AQuickDelivery has established itself to constantly provide.  Toyota and Lexus can utilize AQuickDelivery not only in Georgia, but also on a nationwide basis.

Reference: 8.15.16, www.autonews.com, Jim Henry, Same-day service aims to give Toyota, Lexus stores competitive edge

UPS Revenue Up, But Amazon Could Be Coming

same day deliveryIt’s a good thing to see your revenue up, even it isn’t what you expected.  The Washington Post discussed how UPS’s second-quarter revenue slightly improved its’ domestic and international package divisions.  The package and delivery carrier’s revenue increased to $14.63 billion, up from $14.1 billion. Analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research expected $14.6 billion in revenue.  The US domestic package unit went up 4%,along  with average daily package volume up 2.5%.

The article also mentioned regarding the 2nd quarter figures that revenue rose 1.1% in the international package division and 3.9% for daily export packages.  For the three months ended June 30, UPS earned $1.27 billion, which is higher in comparison to $1.23 billion the same period last year.  With all of the increasing competition, this appears to be a good sign, especially as the holiday season draws near.

FedEx and the U.S. Postal Service isn’t the only companies that UPS has to be concerned about in regards to the package and delivery industry.  Amazon is making some strategies moves of its’ own.  The article mentioned how the e-retailer leader has leased 40 cargo planes from Boeing and Atlas Air for the purpose of creating an air cargo network.  Yet, Amazon stated it doesn’t plan to build its own delivery service and is only looking to work closer with package-delivery services like the USPS, FedEx and UPS.

Even if Amazon isn’t creating its’ own delivery service, it has clearly vested itself into Same-Day Delivery throughout the US.  Amazon offers free same-day delivery service for Prime members in major US cities, including San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle, Dallas, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston, Atlanta, Richmond, Orlando, and more.  The e-retail giant has the service in 27 markets, and more than likely, will become nationwide.  More cities could be added before the holiday season begins as well.

As Amazon may be converging on UPS’ turf, the carrier giant laying some ground work of its’ own with same-day delivery.  Earlier this year, UPS conducted a study on same-day delivery and led a $28 million funding round for start-up fast delivery company Deliv.  The article didn’t mention the investment size, yet it did state that UPS was taking a minority stake in Deliv and sit in on board meetings.  UPS took steps toward learning more about on-demand services, showing that there is some interest in being able to adapt to today’s market.  If Amazon and others are investing in same-day delivery, UPS sees reason to do it also.

UPS could see the need to step into other markets and offer additional shipping options.  As today’s delivery industry evolves, many companies are turning to a Same-Day Courier like AQuickDelivery to create same-day logistic solutions for them.  The Atlanta Courier has an array of courier expertise and the latest in technology for on-demand services, whether in Georgia or nationwide.  Either way, UPS and Amazon prove that businesses will have to keep up with delivery options, or get left behind.

Reference:  7.29.16, www.washingtonpost.com, Associated Press, UPS 2Q revenue improves on strength in US, abroad