REUTERS/Mike Blake Reuters - United Parcel Service Inc, the world's largest package delivery company, said on Wednesday it will expand the 3D printing services provided through its UPS Stores to create an on-demand manufacturing network starting this summer.Atlanta-based UPS and SAP SE also announced a partnership in which Europe's largest software company will provide supply chain solutions to help manufacturers get products to market more quickly and at a lower cost."Speed is critical to us and we see tremendous value" in extending SAP's capabilities further down the supply chain via UPS, said John Dulchinos, vice president for strategic capabilities at contract manufacturer Jabil Circuit Inc, in a telephone interview with Reuters.UPS already offers 3D printing services using ABSplus, an industrial grade thermoplastic, at more than 60 UPS Stores around the United States.Under the new system, customers will be able to upload digital designs to First Radius, a company specializing in 3D printing in which UPS holds a minority stake.IDC Research Inc analyst Robert Parker said the network will bring UPS only modest benefits at first because 3D printers have limited capabilities at present and few printable materials available.
SAP and UPS combine software and logistics to let customers order parts instantly – if it s cheaper than traditional manufacturingSAP and UPS are working together to deliver an on-demand 3D printing service that links the former s supply chain software with the latter s industrial manufacturing and logistics networks.Customers will be able to approve and order custom 3D printed parts directly from within SAP software, which will then be manufactured at one of 60 UPS facilities cross the US.SAP UPS 3D printing partnershipUPS 3D printing 2It is claimed the partnership will allow companies to simplify supply chains and open up 3D printing to smaller companies without access to a machine, those who cannot justify a long production run or those who need a prototype made quickly.This agreement with SAP adds an important UPS capability to help customers right-size inventories and lower short-run production costs, and help entrepreneurs bring their ideas to life faster than ever, added Stan Deans, president of UPS Global Distribution and Logistics.3D printing has come down in price in recent years with analysts predicting the technology will become more mainstream.Makerbot has targeted small and medium businesses, while HP s recently announced 3D Jet Fusion range is looking at bigger firms, costing between £94,000 and £114,000 per unit.
How to join the networkUPS recently entered into a partnership with Zipline, a medical drone delivery startup, to begin aerial transport of healthcare supplies in Rwanda.Included in the deal is Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance, a Gates Foundation supported non-profit specializing in immunizations.Investors include Sequoia Capital, Google Ventures, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang, and Paul Willard–a former aerodynamics engineer now at Subtraction Capital.The digital database and mobile phones allowed people to know when someone needed help, but the other half of the system—medical supplies and transport infrastructure to get them there—was missing, said Rinaudo.This mirrors South Africa s recent passage of commercial drone legislation covered here at TechCrunch , which regulates the sector under the country s Civil Aviation Authority and created special drone Commercial Operating Licenses.They shave simpler airspaces, smaller and more innovative governments, and can actually implement modern regulator practices faster.
A Scandinavian courier company, PostNord AB, and supermarket chain, ICA AB, are testing the new service with about 20 households in the Swedish capital, promising that messengers will remove their shoes and unpack online deliveries, even when customers are away.Kiku Mlosch, a 29-year-old German product manager living in Stockholm who has agreed to help test the delivery system, said she enjoys not having to wait at home and isn t too concerned about security.The Swedish experiment is part of a global race aimed at solving one of the main headaches facing retailers and logistics companies from Amazon.com Inc. to United Parcel Service Inc.: elusive customers.Unlike some more futuristic ideas, such as drone deliveries, the Swedish proposal appears to have the potential of quickly becoming operational on a large scale, said Matthias Winkenbach, director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology s Megacity Logistics Lab.Users can hand out access passes, possibly limited to a particular time period, to visitors, family members or delivery people, through a smartphone application, while being updated on the exact position of the lock through built-in sensors.Also in Sweden, Volvo Cars Corp. has launched tests to deliver goods to the trunks of Internet-connected autos.
UPS took its first steps in the African drone delivery space teaming up with San Francisco startup Zipline, and Gates Foundation backed Gavi, to begin unmanned aerial transport of healthcare supplies in Rwanda.When we launch it will be the world s first drone delivery operating at a national scale in the world, Zipline CEO Keller Rinaudo told TechCrunch in this story.This could plug into Africa s online shopping startups, which have been a magnet for VC this year and even produced an outside acquisition.Katie Sarro, former MEST Director of Business Development, has taken over as MD.More African Stories @TechCrunchRwanda s Minister of Finance and Economic Planning weighed in on ways African countries can ensure digital innovation benefits the entire populationSavannah Fund General Partner Paul Bragiel has started a new fund, Bragiel Brothers.Unclear yet if it will have any Africa focus.
Amazon has a month to respond to the accusation.Amazon has a history of violating the Hazardous Materials Regulations, the FAA said in a release, explaining that between February 2013 and September 2015 the e-commerce giant was found to have breached regulations 24 other times.Commenting in relation to the FAA s proposed fine, Amazon told Reuters it ships tens of millions of products every day and have developed sophisticated technologies to detect potential shipping hazards and use any defects as an opportunity for continuous improvement, adding, We will continue to partner with the FAA in this area.For example, a UPS Boeing 747 aircraft leaving Dubai was brought down soon after take off by a lithium-battery fire that started in its cargo hold.The FAA s proposed fine comes as Amazon works to build its own end-to-end delivery network, enabling it to rely less heavily on services operated by the likes of UPS and FedEx as it seeks to boost reliability and cut costs.Its plan includes a recent deal with the Air Transport Services Group to use 20 Boeing 767 cargo planes for moving packages big and small across the U.S. Another part of the plan includes the use of its own drones for so-called last mile delivery to customers homes, a venture that depends to a great extent on regulations laid down by none other than the FAA.
U.S. aviation regulators are seeking a $350,000 fine against Amazon.com Inc., the Seattle-based online retailer, for allegedly sending hazardous shipments as air cargo.E-commerce giant Amazon, which has made two deals this year in an attempt to create its own air-shipping network, was charged Monday with improperly sending a caustic chemical that leaked and came in contact with nine workers at a United Parcel Service Inc. facility, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a press release.From February 2013 to September 2015 alone, Amazon was found to have violated the hazardous materials regulations 24 other times.Amazon also failed to include emergency response information on the package and didn t train employees on handling hazardous materials.Amazon takes seriously safety on the cargo airlines it uses and is working with the FAA on the issue, it said in an e-mailed statement.We ship tens of millions of products every day and have developed sophisticated technologies to detect potential shipping hazards and use any defects as an opportunity for continuous improvement, the company said in the statement.Companies hit by FAA fines can negotiate with the agency and penalties are sometimes reduced.The FAA s action comes a month after Amazon agreed to take as much as a 30 percent stake in Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings Inc. As part of the deal, Atlas will acquire and operate 20 Boeing Co. 767-300 freighters for Amazon, according to a May 5 statement.In March, Amazon announced it would work with Air Transport Services Group Inc. to operate another 20 Boeing 767 freighters.The retailer is moving swiftly to build up its delivery system in an attempt to reduce its dependence on UPS and FedEx Corp. as it expands its Prime membership service that delivers some orders in as little as one day.Chief Financial Officer Brian Olsavsky downplayed Amazon s ambitions in an earnings call in January, saying the company wants to supplement the two shippers, not replace them.Documents reviewed by Bloomberg News reveal the company may be planning a bolder strategy to create a global delivery network to control the flow of goods from factories to customers doorsteps.At the same time, Amazon is developing drones capable of short-distance, rapid deliveries of small items.According to previous press releases on its website, the FAA has opened enforcement actions against Amazon for shipping flammable paint and other items without proper packaging and marking in at least four previous cases since 2014.
Online shoppers who are already pushing retailers to give more for less are about to get even more demanding, a new survey shows.In its latest survey of over 1,000 U.S. consumers, supply chain consulting firm AlixPartners LLP found that consumers expect to wait an average of 4.8 days for delivery, down from 5.5 days in 2012.The survey results underscore the big and growing role that shipping holds in the competition for e-commerce, a factor that is pressuring margins for retailers as they cope with the high cost of delivering goods to homes in a timely manner.Consumers increasingly make their buying decisions based on convenience when shopping across more categories—pushing retailers to upgrade their supply chains and delivery networks to accommodate the changing demands.But delivering products individually to many consumers homes, instead of in batches to retail stores, drives logistics costs up for store operators even as consumers demand to pay less for better service.United Parcel Service Inc. UPS -0.84 % and FedEx Corp. FDX -0.27 % have both raised prices for such bulky items, which don t easily move through their distribution centers, while other carriers such as XPO Logistics Inc. XPO -0.93 % and Schneider National have invested in white glove services to help retailers deliver, and even install, oversize items.
REUTERS/Mike Segar/File PhotoWASHINGTON Reuters - The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said on Monday it is proposing a $350,000 civil fine against Amazon.com Inc for shipping a product that allegedly violated hazardous materials regulations and injured several UPS workers who handled the package.The penalty is largest fine the FAA has proposed imposing on Amazon, which the agency said has had a series of hazardous materials violations.LIQUID FIRE," a corrosive drain cleaner for transportation by air from Louisville, Kentucky, to Boulder, Colorado.The FAA said that from February 2013 to September 2015, the government found Amazon had violated the hazardous materials regulations 24 other times.Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.In April 2014, Amazon paid a $91,000 fine to the FAA after its employees improperly shipped a package in 2013 containing flammable liquid adhesive by air on Federal Express from Whitestown, Ind., to Boulder, Colo.FedEx employees in Boulder discovered a gallon container of the adhesive was leaking and not properly labeled and without proper shipping papers, the FAA said.
When you want to transport an army of mannequins over a thousand miles, your options are pretty limited.Today, Roadie is hauling in a new $15 million Series B with participation from Stephens Inc., UPS Capital, and TomorrowVentures to bolster analytics and increase market share of its on-the-way shipping model targeting unorthodox jobs.Roadie will transport goods within urban areas, much like Postmates and UberRUSH, but it shines extra bright in the market for larger, longer distance projects.With companies like Uber, Lyft, Postmates, and DoorDash, someone comes from somewhere they weren t already going and takes you somewhere they re not already going, added GorlinOne early feature the company has implemented utilizing this data is Homeward Bound.Roadie aims to be able to take things like daily work commute into account and present users a way to generate extra cash by transporting goods along their regularly scheduled route.The app already has 300,000 downloads and the team has plans to build partnerships with larger brands to bring additional volume.
Amazon could be hit with a $350,000 fine from the FAA for allegedly shipping a package that contained the corrosive drain cleaner Amazing!The package is said to have been shipped in violation of regulations against hazardous materials, and it reportedly resulted in multiple UPS workers sustaining minor injuries; they had to be treated with a chemical wash after touching the leaking package, which caused a burning sensation.This is not the first accusation against Amazon over the shipment of hazardous goods allegedly without proper steps — however, this is the largest fine the FAA has proposed against the company.Between February 2013 and September 2015, the FAA says Amazon had violated 24 hazardous materials regulations.Whether Amazon was fined for those instances is unclear — only large fines are made public by the FAA.Amazon has had to pay some publicly disclosed fines in the past, however, such as $91,000 in April 2014.
Amazon.com Inc. is slashing fees it charges merchants to sell USB cables, smartphone screen protectors and other small, flat items that can fit in envelopes, posing a potential threat to competing marketplaces owned by Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., EBay Inc. and Wish.com that connect Chinese sellers with U.S. shoppers.The new rates will take effect July 1, according to an Amazon e-mail to marketplace sellers obtained by Bloomberg News.Merchants would pay $1.61 to ship three, flat, 1-ounce packages, 67 percent less than the current price, according to the e-mail.Most of the inventory comes from third-party merchants who give Amazon a cut of each sale for handling storage, packaging and delivery.Most items cost $10 or less, making low delivery costs essential for profitability.Amazon shoppers in the U.S. order tens of millions of units annually that fit the small and light dimensions, according to company documents reviewed by Bloomberg News.Amazon, through a spokesman, declined to comment.Amazon s program faces competition from marketplaces that help Chinese merchants ship directly to U.S. shoppers through the ePacket program, an agreement between the U.S.Postal Service and China Post that provides Chinese merchants cheap access to U.S. shoppers on small packages weighing as much as 4.4 pounds 1.7 kilograms .Amazon, FedEx Corp. and United Parcel Service Inc. have criticized the program in statements to Congress, saying the rates are unfair to U.S. businesses that pay more to ship an item to a customer in their own country than a Chinese merchant pays to send the same item from overseas.
A Bloomberg report notes that Wells Fargo & Co., United Parcel Service Inc., Motorola Solutions Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Co., Ford Motor Co., and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc., all of whom sponsored the 2012 convention, will not be partaking at the same level this year.The Silicon Valley behemoth s decision breaks with that of its compatriots, as Facebook, Google, and Microsoft have all signaled the provision of some support to the GOP next month.After all, it wasn t too long ago that Facebook was accused of curating liberal stories in its Trending News section, and in the spring a number of civil rights groups set up a Trump protest at Google s headquarters.That said, a few companies that decided not to support the convention have explicitly cited Trump as their rationale, so maybe it s just unfortunate timing.Of course, Trump has always insisted that he has more than enough personal funds to pave his road to the White House, so perhaps the reluctance of many corporate sponsors to participate this year won t be such a big blow to the reality television star.But it s not just businesses who are suggesting that they may not make an appearance at the convention — indeed, some top Republicans have also indicated that they might be absent from the event.
Just over a week after the Federal Aviation Administration FAA proposed a $350,000 fine for Amazon after accusing it of inadequately packaging dangerous goods, the agency is suggesting two further penalties worth a total of $130,000 for similar actions that allegedly violated strict rules on how such items are handled.A couple of weeks back, the FAA proposed a $350,000 fine for an alleged incident where the partial contents of a one-gallon container of corrosive drain cleaner leaked on its way from Kentucky to Colorado, with nine UPS employees claiming to have felt a burning sensation after touching it.The FAA accuses Amazon of failing to properly package the consignment, and says it wasn t sent with a proper declaration notifying handlers that it contained hazardous materials.Amazon has a history of violating the Hazardous Materials Regulations, the FAA said in a release, explaining that between February 2013 and September 2015 the company breached rules 24 times.There have been a number of serious incidents in recent years, including in 2010 when a UPS cargo plane leaving Dubai crashed soon after take off, killing both pilots.And we mustn t forget its Prime Air drone, though that ambitious plan is yet to get off the ground.
Credit: Martyn WilliamsThe U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has proposed fining Amazon $130,000 over two incidents in 2014 when it shipped or attempted to ship hazardous goods by air.The flight safety regulator says Amazon shipped the packages without warning labels, paperwork that specified the chemicals inside, or emergency response information.The proposed penalty comes two weeks after the FAA fined Amazon $350,000 over a similar incident that caused injuries to several UPS workers.The first of the two latest fines relates to a shipment made in May 2014, when Amazon sent two packages containing a rust-stain removing product from Illinois to Florida.The shipments were discovered by FedEx workers when they began to leak.Amazon has 30 days to respond to the allegations.
Whether you pay for virtual office space in your city or simply opt to get a box from your local UPS store, you ll have a standard street address you can use to receive mail.Some services will also scan your mail, and send it to you via email, to make it easier to keep up with what s coming in so you don t have to physically go pick up your mail every day.If you re sending out quotes and invoices to clients, start with higher numbers.This gives the appearance that you ve been in business longer than you have been and facilitates buyer trust and confidence.Many invoicing solutions, such as PayPal and Quickbooks allow you to choose your starting invoice number, so you can keep things organized for your accounting and bookkeeping needs.Instead of investing thousands of dollars in a physical PBX system, turn to a cloud-based option that uses voice over Internet protocol VoIP like Skype.
Amazon is showing again that it s in an e-commerce league of its own.The e-commerce giant has announced the creation of its own air cargo delivery network, using 40 Boeing 767s that Amazon will lease from two air transport companies.It s adorned with Prime Air on the fuselage, and the jet s tail features Amazon s signature smile logo and a prime number as identification — N1997A, which also references the year Amazon went public.In tonight s news release, Amazon s senior vice president of worldwide operations, Dave Clark, says creating an air transportation network is expanding our capacity to ensure great delivery speeds for our Prime members for years to come.When rumors of Amazon s air cargo network first surfaced late last year, the Seattle Times reported that Amazon was frustrated with shipping delays involving United Parcel Service UPS , especially during the 2013 holiday season when many Amazon customers received their orders after Christmas.The Times says Amazon had to refund shipping costs and offer affected customers a $20 gift card.
AP — Amazon develó el viernes el primer avión de carga que llevará su marca, una de las 40 aeronaves que se sumarán a la flota propia de reparto del gigante minorista, que está aumentando su control sobre la red de entregas de sus productos.La nueva iniciativa para agilizar los repartos llegó mientras la empresa, con sede en Seattle, eleva el número de paquetes que la compañía entrega en todo el mundo.Amazon ha tenido problemas con la fiabilidad de los servicios aéreos de mercancías."Son un minorista de internet muy grande", comentó Satish Jindel, presidente de la consultora de logística ShipMatrix.La compañía presentará el viernes el primer avión con su marca, Amazon One, en la feria anual Seafair.Amazon ha arrendado 40 aviones Boeing de Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings y Air Transport Services Group Inc., que entregarán paquetes para el programa de fidelidad Prime.
Amazon s growing shipping operation is profiled at length in a new Bloomberg feature, and the article paints a picture of the e-commerce giant putting together the pieces to build one of the largest and most effective global shipping operations in the world, from centralized distribution hubs, to bulk air transport, to last-mile front door delivery.While on the surface, Amazon is still a great partner for FedEx, UPS and others, the article suggests Amazon could eventually flip a switch and turn the shipping infrastructure into a business, the same way it turned the scalable network infrastructure it built for Amazon.com into Amazon Web Services, an on-demand computing platform that now makes up a large and growing chunk of Amazon s overall business.UPS and FedEx have seen benefit from Amazon s drive to move commerce online in a big way, but that has come with additional cost, as well as cost pressure from the retailer itself as it builds volume.And Amazon is facing increasing pressure to own the whole stack of its delivery chain, in an effort to increase the immediacy of deliveries for its Prime service members.Amazon also launched Prime Air officially in August, introducing its own branded cargo planes, 40 of which it will lease from Atlas Air and ATSG over the next two years.It has transport trailers, and a program called Flex to essentially turn everyday drivers with their own vehicles into a last-mile delivery network.
The insights of Devin Leonard's "Will Amazon Kill FedEx?"Bloomberg Businessweek released a report by Devin Leonard, entitled Will Amazon Kill FedEx?With 40 Boeing jets and two-hour delivery service, Leonard highlights Amazon is quickly becoming not just a competitor to the United Parcel Service and FedEx Corp. but a real threat.and the Seattle based company's impact on the shipping industry.In their defense, these sort of comments could be a public relations front, allowing the Seattle-based company to continue using UPS and its services.These facts alone should be enough proof to UPS and FedEx that Amazon is a threat.