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7
By 24/7 Staff / www.supplychain247.com / December 7th, 2017

UPS, in collaboration with the City of Fort Lauderdale, has officially launched an eBike at a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Saturday, December 2, at Laura Ward Riverwalk Plaza, 420 S.E. 6th Avenue, this electrically-assisted tricycle will be used to deliver packages along Las Olas Boulevard and in the surrounding neighborhood.

UPS has announced the launch of an eBike that will deliver packages along Las Olas Boulevard and in surrounding neighborhoods in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

The electrically-assisted tricycle supports Fort Lauderdale’s Green Your Routine program, geared toward achieving the city’s sustainability goals, and, Vision Zero Fort Lauderdale, a citywide initiative to create safer streets for everyone.

UPS’s Cycle Solutions will help reduce carbon emissions and noise, as well as improve traffic congestion and air quality in the city’s downtown corridor.

“This is another example of how private and public sectors can work together to find sustainable solutions to meet the needs of today’s cities,” said Scott Phillippi, UPS’s senior director of maintenance and engineering, international operations.

“We have many vehicle options when it comes to reducing our impact on the environment including our Cycle Solutions that provide greater mobility and zero emissions.”

Scott Phillippi, Automotive Engineer at UPS

“This is another example of how private and public sectors can work together to find sustainable solutions to meet the needs of today’s cities”Scott Phillippi, Automotive Engineer at UPS

The Fort Lauderdale bike was unveiled at a ribbon-cutting ceremony with UPS and Fort Lauderdale officials on Saturday, December 2, 2017, at 9 a.m. at Laura Ward Riverwalk Plaza, located at 420 S.E. 6th Avenue.

““Fort Lauderdale is proud to collaborate with UPS to launch the first eBike in Florida,” said Mayor John P. “Jack” Seiler.

“We are designing our infrastructure projects to focus on moving people instead of cars in the safest, most convenient way possible, and that requires balancing the needs of our residents, visitors, and businesses. The new bike is a great addition to the street safety enhancements we are making along Las Olas Boulevard to create a friendlier, safer, healthier, and more sustainable experience for everyone, regardless of travel mode.”

The success of the eBike was first demonstrated in 2012 in Hamburg, Germany, where UPS focused on developing a new and sustainable method of delivering goods to urban areas. UPS placed four containers at central locations in the city for interim storage of packages for UPS drivers.

From these points, deliveries were made on foot or with specialized electrically-assisted cargo tricycles that ease traffic congestion and reduce emissions each working day. Due to the success of this pilot, the Hamburg program was extended. That model serves as a prototype for the company’s new eBike in Florida as well as another eBike that deployed in Pittsburgh, Pa., last month. The first eBike began delivering packages in Portland, Ore., on November 21, 2016.

The eBike is equipped with battery-powered electric motors that make it possible to cover longer distances than traditional bikes, carry substantial loads and navigate hills and other terrains. Maximum energy efficiency is achieved when combining battery power and human power simultaneously.

The eBike can be operated solely on battery power or pedal power. UPS will evaluate the reliability, design, integration into Fort Lauderdale’s infrastructure and acceptance of the vehicle. The intent is to operate the eBike in Fort Lauderdale, as weather permits, on a regular route year-round.

UPS has numerous cycle solutions deployed around the world. The company currently operates inner-city delivery projects with delivery on foot and by bike in Frankfurt, Offenbach, Hamburg, Munich, Oldenburg and Herne, Germany, as well as in Leuven and Mechelen, Belgium; Rome and Verona, Italy; Toulouse, France; and Dublin, Ireland in addition to the two eBikes now in the United States.

Using its “Rolling Laboratory” approach, UPS deploys more than 8,500  low-emission vehicles to determine what works best in each situation. From old-fashioned pedal power and electrically-assisted bicycles in dense urban areas like London and Hamburg to electric and hybrid electric vehicles in the U.S., and natural gas, renewable natural gas and propane globally, UPS puts sustainability innovation into action, all over the world.

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Dec
6
By Jeff Berman / www.supplychain247.com / December 5th, 2017

UPS has announced it has acquired Sandler & Travis Trade Advisory Services, the world’s largest independent provider of global trade management services, the acquisition bolsters trade and customs related information services infrastructure and complements UPS customs brokerage and Trade Management Services including Foreign Trade Zone services.

Taking steps to further expand its already wide-ranging global trade services, freight transportation and logistics bellwether UPS said it recently acquired Sandler & Travis Trade Advisory Services (STTAS), the largest global independent provider of global trade management services.

Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

STTAS is comprised of 750 trade professionals providing services on Asia, Europe, the Middle East, North America, and South America. Its core focus is helping clients comply with constantly changing and complex rules regulations, and law focusing on international trade, according to UPS.

Close to 70% of the firms employees are based outside of the United States in key trade locales, including Shanghai, Bengaluru, Aberdeen, Warsaw, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, and São Paulo, which UPS said will UPS mesh well with UPS Trade Management Services’ existing global operations in Hefei, Wroclaw, and Singapore.

Jim Barber, President, UPS International

“Combining Sandler & Travis Trade Advisory Services with our existing UPS Trade Management Services provides customers with an even more powerful set of solutions”Jim Barber, President,
UPS International

“UPS customers tell us they are looking for a full suite of brokerage services, including trade management and advisory services, from a partner that can help them on a global basis,” said Jim Barber, President, UPS International, in a statement.

“As our customers’ global broker of choice, we can now offer a wider portfolio of services. Combining Sandler & Travis Trade Advisory Services with our existing UPS Trade Management Services provides customers with an even more powerful set of solutions designed to maximize their trade investments and minimize complexity, time and cost throughout their international trade operations.”

Earlier this year, UPS acquired Zone Solutions, which specializes in Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) services. Zone Solutions brings UPS customers extensive expertise in navigating all aspects of FTZ operations, providing managed services (zone administration), systems implementation and consulting.

Sandler & Travis Trade Advisory Services and Zone Solutions enhance existing UPS solutions and add industry-leading trade management services to UPS’s global portfolio, forming a foundation the company will continue to build upon.

Some of these solutions include duty drawback; regulatory compliance; rules of origin determination; harmonized tariff schedule (HS) classification; export control classification; order management and free trade agreement qualification and verification, and more.  All such services all designed to free up UPS customers’ resources and improve their bottom line and supply chain velocity.

A UPS spokesman told Logistics Management that this acquisition will position UPS as the industry leader in managed services, in terms of the depth of services provided, and global geographic coverage. 

From a consulting and trade advisory perspective, he said some of the competitors in this space include Ernst & Young (EY), KPMG, Deloitte and PWC, and major international law firms, like Baker McKenzie, are also competitors in this arena

“However, none of these companies provide the full suite of services that UPS and STTAS will collectively bring to the market,” added the spokesman.

As for other things STTAS offers UPS that UPS wanted or needed, the spokesman cited things like scale, scope, additional subject matter expertise, and additional operating system capabilities for Free Trade Agreement solicitation and qualification. 

What’s more, he said the two companies provide complementary services with slightly different customer bases and locations, with the combination of the two companies creating a powerful set of services spanning a wide range of trade management and advisory services.

“Customers will now have a broader set of global brokerage services, providing a complete set of trade management and advisory services,” he said. “Additionally, customers will have at their disposal the entire spectrum of UPS small package, freight and supply chain solutions, as well as ready access to UPS services around the world.”

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Dec
6
By Mark B. Solomon / www.dcvelocity.com / December 4th, 2017

Jump from 60 hours over seven-day cycle needed to handle peak volumes; Teamsters dissident group says moves put driver, public safety at risk.

UPS Inc. said it has implemented changes in the package car driver schedules through the peak holiday season period that, in many parts of the country, will require its drivers to work 70 hours over eight consecutive days.

The changes were immediately criticized by a dissident faction of the Teamsters union, which warned they would subject already-overburdened package car drivers to even more physical hardships as they struggle with an avalanche of holiday packages. The Teamsters represent UPS package car and over-the-road, or feeder, drivers who operate tractor-trailers. Unlike feeder drivers, who spend a good part of their workdays driving down the road, package car drivers are in and out of their vehicles dozens of times a day to pick up and deliver packages, often in congested urban areas.

The changes, which went into effect on Friday and are expected to run through Jan. 14, will increase drivers' work schedules from their typical peak-season cycle, which has been 60 hours of work spread out over seven consecutive days. Under federal regulations governing the number of hours that drivers work, a driver can operate no more than 70 hours over an eight-day work cycle, or 60 hours over a seven-day cycle. When the cycle ends, drivers must take off the next 34 hours, after which time the next cycle would begin. The number of hours in a driver's workday is capped at 14, and a driver cannot be behind the wheel for more than 11 consecutive hours, and must take a 30-minute break within the first eight hours of driving.

Atlanta-based UPS implemented the change unilaterally, which a motor carrier is allowed to do as long as the carrier operates vehicles each day of the week. UPS said it would be up to regional and district managers to determine whether the increases in driver schedules are necessary, depending on a region's volume.

The company has said it expects to deliver 750 million packages between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve, a 5-percent increase from last year's totals. In addition, the company expects to be swamped with returns of holiday merchandise during the first week to 10 days of 2018. UPS' daily peak volume normally swells to 30 million packages, from an average of 19 million during the rest of the year, it said.

In a statement today, UPS said it is common for motor carriers to increase driver work hours to cope with higher volumes over compressed time periods. The company said it implemented the practice last holiday in certain high-demand markets. UPS noted that drivers get paid time and a half for all work performed over 40 hours per week.

In a memo to members on Friday, Denis J. Taylor, director of the Teamsters' package division, said rank-and-file responses to the changes must come from the local level, because the terms of a UPS employee's standard workweek are defined by regional supplements to the union's master contract with UPS, not by the master contract itself. Taylor advised members to file grievances if there are contractual restrictions on the number of days or hours a driver can operate during a work cycle. Contract language overrides federal hours-of-service regulations, Taylor said.

Ken Paff, national organizer for the Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU), a dissident group that frequently clashes with Teamsters leadership, said the changes would create even more stress for UPS package car drivers, who make hundreds of stops per day during the peak season. The changes will have a disproportionate effect on package car drivers relative to the feeder drivers, who don't have anywhere near the same backbreaking service requirements, particularly at this time of year, Paff noted.

Paff said UPS plans to have its drivers work five 14-hour days in a row to bump them up against the 70-hour maximum before they take their mandatory 34-hour restart break. Steve Gaut, a UPS spokesman, said the company would spread out the 70 hours over a period of eight consecutive days.

Paff called on union leaders to execute a more forceful response to the UPS measures. According to published reports this morning, drivers in Boston organized an informal protest to the changes, saying it put driver safety at risk. UPS' unionized employees in Boston are represented by the influential Local 25, which is headed by Sean M. O'Brien. General President James P. Hoffa in September fired O'Brien as head of the Teamsters' package division.

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Dec
6
Source; FedEx / www.fedex.com / December 5th, 2017

FedEx is closely monitoring the wildfires in California. Our first priority is the safety and well-being of our team members and we will implement contingency plans as necessary. Events of this nature often cause pickup and delivery delays and disruptions for FedEx customers. FedEx will be prepared to provide service to the best of our ability in areas affected by natural disaster, as local conditions allow.

FedEx cares about your safety and we encourage you to prepare for natural disasters. Click here to learn how to prepare your family.

To help avoid delays, we encourage you to contact your recipients to verify whether their location is open or able to receive deliveries.

Note that potential service disruptions may not affect FedEx Express, FedEx Ground, FedEx Freight, FedEx Office, etc. the same.  This may result in different levels of impact as well as cities, states and ZIP Codes serviced. 

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Dec
6
FedEx Service Disruption - Memphis Hub
06 December 2017 10:35 AM
Source: FedEx / www.fedex.com / December 5th, 2017

FedEx Express experienced substantial flight and sort disruptions at the Memphis hub last night due to severe thunderstorms. Potential delays are possible for package deliveries across the U.S. with a delivery commitment of December 5, 2017. FedEx is committed to provide service to the best of our ability. Please continue to check fedex.com for updates.

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Nov
29
DHL Orders 10 Tesla Electric Semi Trucks
29 November 2017 10:40 AM
By 24/7 Staff / www.suppplychain247.com / November 28th, 2017

FedEx and UPS rival DHL says it will order 10 Tesla Semis, the company's first battery-powered heavy-duty truck, also Fortigo Freight Services, one of Canada's largest fleet management companies, said they have pre-ordered the Tesla electric truck to test on limited routes, more than 200 orders have been placed by various companies to date. 

Deutsche Post AG's DHL and Fortigo Freight Services, a privately held Canadian company with dedicated fleet services as its core business and one of Canada's largest fleet management companies, said they have pre-ordered the Tesla electric truckunveiled earlier this month to test on limited routes.

High-profile logistics and transportation customers like fleet operator J.B. Hunt and retailers Walmart, Loblaws, and Meijer have also preordered the Tesla Semi for testing purposes.

Jim Monkmeyer, President, Transportation at DHL Supply Chain, North America, confirmed that they placed the order last week.

The Wall Street Journal reports that DHL will use Tesla’s electric trucks for shuttle routes and also to test the truck for longer runs:

“DHL Supply Chain, which handles logistics operations for retailers and manufacturers, intends to use the heavy-duty Tesla trucks for shuttle runs and same-day customer deliveries in major U.S. cities, the company said Tuesday. DHL also plans to test the electric trucks on longer runs, and to evaluate its impact on driver safety and comfort.”

Jim Monkmeyer, President, Transportation at DHL Supply Chain, North America

“The electric Tesla Semi is the future and we want to be in on the ground floor”Jim Monkmeyer, President, Transportation DHL Supply Chain, North America

Monkmeyer also said that DHL worked with Tesla over the last few months and they even test drove the trucks on the road in California.

Tesla has been showing the prototypes and test mules to prospective customers over the last year in order to get feedback for their first heavy-duty truck.

Tesla Semi Pricing

Tesla first started taking reservations with a $5,000 deposit per truck but has changed the listed deposit price last week to $20,000 for a“base reservation” of the production version and the full $200,000 for the “Founders Series” truck.

The base price of the 300-mile range Tesla Semi is $150,000, and the 500-mile range model costs $180,000. That's almost double the base price of a traditional semi truck.

According to CostOwl, semi trucks start at $80,000 but can cost as much as $150,000.

This change could mean that Tesla is receiving higher than expected demand for the vehicle and the company wants to prioritize more serious customers that are willing to put down more money upfront to secure a place in line.

With this order from DHL, it brings the tally to just over 200 Tesla Semi trucks – give or take a few since some companies have not confirmed the number of trucks that they ordered.

It's still a significant backlog of orders worth over $30 million for Tesla’s latest vehicle, which is not expected to be in production until 2019.

Monkmeyer commented on Tesla’s timeline by stating “Something like this that’s new and is as complex as the Semi, I don’t know if we can count on specific dates. We understand the challenges that they are facing. This is the future and we want to be in on the ground floor.”

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