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Amazon encourages entrepreneurs to build logistics network | Financial Times
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Amazon  Amazon_Prime  last_mile  Fedex  UPS  USPS  entrepreneur  logistics  shippers  speed  small_business  e-commerce  delivery  delivery_networks  delivery_times  delivery_services 
june 2018 by jerryking
What It Would Take for Amazon to Become UPS or FedEx - WSJ
By Laura Stevens, Jennifer Smith and Paul Ziobro
Updated Feb. 10, 2018
Amazon  FedEx  UPS  delivery  B2B  last_mile  USPS 
february 2018 by jerryking
Security Breach and Spilled Secrets Have Shaken the N.S.A. to Its Core
NOV. 12, 2017 | The New York Times | By SCOTT SHANE, NICOLE PERLROTH and DAVID E. SANGER.

“These leaks have been incredibly damaging to our intelligence and cyber capabilities,” said Leon E. Panetta, the former defense secretary and director of the Central Intelligence Agency. “The fundamental purpose of intelligence is to be able to effectively penetrate our adversaries in order to gather vital intelligence. By its very nature, that only works if secrecy is maintained and our codes are protected.”
adversaries  data_breaches  hacking  vulnerabilities  counterintelligence  counterespionage  moles  malware  ransomware  Fedex  Mondelez  Edward_Snowden  security_&_intelligence  Russia  Leon_Panetta  NSA  cyber_security  cyber_warfare  cyberweapons  tools  David_Sanger  SecDef  CIA 
november 2017 by jerryking
FedEx Says Retailers Should Be Paying More for Web Delivery - WSJ
By LAURA STEVENS
Updated March 16, 2016

FedEx Corp. executives said retailers should be paying more for shipments to help offset the cost of expanding its network to meet the growing demands of e-commerce.....FedEx CFO Alan Graf said that it is important for the price of shipping an e-commerce package to reflect the effort it takes to deliver it. “We can’t build these networks and spend this kind of capital and not get a return on it,” Mr. Graf said in an interview....Mr. Smith said he thought it was unbelievable that some have suggested that Amazon would be able to build out a network to compete with FedEx and rival United Parcel Service Inc.

Just because Amazon has created a network of warehouses to support its retail operations, doesn’t mean that could translate to something akin to FedEx’s massive network for deliveries, Mr. Smith said. “The key driver of any delivery system is route density and revenue per delivery stop,” he said....One way that FedEx intends to boost its e-commerce returns is by increasing fees attached to the growing number of large shipments such as kayaks and other items that don’t fit into its ground network.

Mr. Smith blamed some of the trend in low-cost e-commerce expectations on the U.S. Postal Service, which it and other delivery companies, including UPS and Amazon, use to deliver packages the most expensive leg of the trip—to resident’s doors....
Fedex  e-commerce  retailers  shippers  package_delivery  couriers  return_on_effort  Amazon  UPS  USPS  last_mile  logistics  distribution_channels  delivery_networks  route_density 
march 2016 by jerryking
Regional Shippers Pose New Threat to UPS, FedEx - WSJ.com
Dec. 18, 2013 | WSJ | By Laura Stevens.

Many of these companies started as local couriers or express package delivery companies 20 or 30 years ago—some catering in transporting checks for clearing, movie reels or other largely obsolete business areas. But the companies experienced rapid growth after DHL, considered the low-cost alternative to UPS and FedEx, retrenched in the U.S. market about five years ago. The surge in e-commerce and subsequent increase in small package deliveries also helped.

Because they operate in smaller market areas, the regionals can offer later pickup times for next-day delivery to more areas, compared with national carriers who often have to drive, then fly the packages through complicated hub networks.
shippers  e-commerce  UPS  FedEx  speed  logistics  regional  couriers  package_delivery 
december 2013 by jerryking
Amazon's Greatest Weapon: Jeff Bezos's Paranoia - WSJ.com
Nov. 13, 2013 | WSJ | By Farhad Manjoo.

What could Mr. Bezos possibly have to fear? Impermanence. Mr. Bezos is in an industry, retail sales, in which every innovation is instantly pored over and copied, in which (thanks partly to him) margins are constantly driven to zero, and in which customers are governed by passing fancy and whim. Being online confers fantastic advantages to Amazon, but it also comes at a deep cost: Very little about its business is burned into customers' minds.

Hence, frenzy: Amazon is in a race to embed itself into the fabric of world-wide commerce in a way that would make it indispensable to everyone's shopping habits—and to do so before its rivals wise up to its plans
Amazon  contra-Amazon  e-commerce  Fedex  habits  impermanence  Jeff_Bezos  network_effects  paranoia  retailers  shopping_experience  speed  staying_hungry  tradeoffs  transient  UPS  USPS  whims  shopping_habits 
november 2013 by jerryking
What to Do Before Disaster Strikes - WSJ.com
September 27, 2005 | WSJ | By GEORGE ANDERS.

What's missing is a systematic way of approaching corporate self-defense. Each potential calamity is treated in isolation....Sheffi believes that companies need to start by cataloging what could go wrong. General Motors Corp., for example, has created "vulnerability maps" that identify more than 100 hazards, ranging from wind damage to embezzlement. Such maps make it easier for managers to focus on areas of greatest risk or gravest peril. He implies that normal budgeting -- which matches the cost of doing something against the risk-adjusted cost of doing nothing -- can determine which battles against vulnerability are worth fighting....Mr. Sheffi nods approvingly at some ingenious ways to mobilize for trouble before it arrives. Federal Express Corp., he says, puts two empty planes in the air each night, just so they can swoop into any airport with a grounded plane and take over delivery services as fast as possible. Wall Street firms have recently added similar redundancy with multiple data centers, so that a New York City crisis won't imperil their record-keeping.

Intel Corp. (post-Heathrow) gets a thumbs-up, too, for finding a sly way of outwitting airport thieves. It couldn't control every aspect of security in transit -- but it could change its box design. Rather than boast about "Intel inside," the company switched to drab, unmarked packaging that gave no hint of $6 million cargoes. The name for this approach: "Security through obscurity." (jk: security consciousness)
disaster_preparedness  risk-management  book_reviews  mapping  security_&_intelligence  redundancies  vulnerabilities  rate-limiting_steps  business-continuity  thinking_tragically  obscurity  cost_of_inaction  base_rates  isolated  GM  Fedex  Intel  risk-adjusted  self-defense  Wall_Street  high-risk  budgeting  disasters  beforemath  risks  George_Anders  catastrophes  natural_calamities  systematic_approaches  security_consciousness  record-keeping  hazards 
may 2012 by jerryking
As Electric Vehicles Arrive, Firms See Payback in Trucks - WSJ.com
DECEMBER 7, 2010 | | By MIKE RAMSEY. Battery-powered cars
will begin appearing soon in driveways of consumers, but electric
vehicles already are gaining early traction in another realm: commercial
delivery fleets. Staples Inc., the Frito-Lay division of PepsiCo,
FedEx Corp., AT&T Inc. and a few other companies have begun
purchasing electric delivery trucks. Proponents say they make more sense
in many ways than electric cars. That's because delivery trucks
generally drive short, defined routes each day, which are better suited
to the limited range of battery power. Frito-Lay has begun using
electric trucks in New York and elsewhere. Moreover, electric vehicles
can provide greater savings to companies than to consumers compared with
diesel or gasoline models, not only in fuel costs but in maintenance.
electric_cars  pepsi  Fedex 
december 2010 by jerryking
Tracking deliveries of all kinds is on everyone's radar -
7/31/2009 | USATODAY.com | by Bruce Horovitz. " "Data is
money," says Patricia Martin, author of Renaissance Generation: The Rise
of the Cultural Consumer and What It Means to Your Business. "The more
information you have, the more interesting you are.""
traceability  tracking  Fedex  UPS  location  data  data_driven  analytics  logistics  couriers  package_delivery 
september 2009 by jerryking
A Memphis Presence Gives Small Firms Logistical Advantage
July 10, 2007 article by Raymund Flandez on how small companies
are setting up a presence in Memphis, Tenn. to be closer to Fedex's
overnight cargo facility.
Fedex  small_business  location_based_services  Raymund_Flandez  package_delivery  location  filetype:pdf  media:document  logistics 
january 2009 by jerryking

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