UPS goes for 767 conversions

As I write this in Seattle this morning, a 767-300ER, in Japan Airlines livery, is passing overhead, en route from Tokyo (HND) to Goodyear (GYR) in the US. However, while the livery might make you think this is a JAL aircraft, the registration tells a different story. Until last month, the aircraft (33494) was registered […]
  • David Harris
  • April 6, 2017

UPS tests drones that launch from atop its brown vans

UPS has repurposed its classic brown delivery vans to serve not only as parcel transporters, but also as roving drone command centers. In recent tests, retrofitted vans dispatch drones loaded with packages from the roof of the vehicle. The drones travel autonomously to their drop-site, and then return to the vehicle – which has moved on […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • February 24, 2017

E-commerce challenges and opportunities in UPS’ fourth quarter

Take your pick: UPS reported either a quarter-billion dollar net loss or a one-and-a-half-billion dollar net profit for the fourth quarter of 2016. On an as-reported basis, UPS suffered a net fourth-quarter loss of $239 million, and an operating loss of $428 million, as revenue rose 5.5% to $16.93 billion. However, after adjusting for a […]
  • David Harris
  • January 31, 2017

UPS and DHL on the acquisition trail

Two of the world’s big three integrators have recently made significant acquisitions. UPS acquires Marken. UPS bought itself a Christmas present in the form of Marken, a privately-owned, US-based company that specializes in providing clinical trial logistics solutions to the life-sciences industry. The acquisition will provide a significant boost to UPS’ presence in the healthcare […]
  • David Harris
  • January 13, 2017

Breaking News: UPS firm-orders 14 747-8Fs

Shortly after warning investors that the 747-8F was facing an unprecedented level of future uncertainty as the program’s order backlog dwindled, Boeing announced a massive firm-order for fourteen of the jumbo freighters (and options for up to 14 more) from express giant UPS. The order was announced simultaneously with UPS’ release of solid third-quarter results. With […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • October 27, 2016

UPS successfully uses drone to make delivery where its trucks cannot [VIDEO]

Although it’s unlikely that economics could justify the replacement of all couriers with commercial drones in the near-term, UPS and its partner CyPhy Works have demonstrated the feasibility of using UAVs’ to make remote deliveries in difficult-to-access locations with a recent successful test. Yesterday, on 22 September, the pair launched a CyPhy Works PARC (Persistent Aerial […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • September 23, 2016

Last-mile pick-up, and the revitalization of brick & mortar retail?

Yesterday, we provided an overview of e-commerce growth around the world. Our focus was on the disruptive impact growing cross-border e-commerce in China has had on air freight forwarders and the way in which one forwarder has responded. You can read that analysis here, while today we shift our focus to last-mile delivery, and the future role of courier […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 23, 2016

Strong gains in package volume for UPS

UPS reported second-quarter net income up 3.2% y-o-y, to $1.27 billion, as total revenue rose 3.8% to $14.63 billion, driven by the strong operational performance of its air units. With the exception of Domestic Deferred Air, average daily package volumes were up for all products in both the US Domestic and International reporting segments, led […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 1, 2016
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