John Gress/Reuters/File Packages wait for delivery at the United States Postal Service's Lincoln Park carriers annex in Chicago last month. The USPS is the cheapest way to ship your package, especially if you schedule deliveries online. Loading... December 10, 2012 By Kara Reinhardt Contributor Santa and his reindeer have fierce competitors in FedEx, UPS, and the US Postal Service. The three shipping providers expect to deliver more than 1 billion packages this holiday season and need only one night to deliver a gift by the next morning.But unlike St. Nick, you have to pay the delivery charges yourself. Which of the three shippers offers the cheapest rates?Cheapism.com recently sought out cheap shipping methods from all three providers, comparing prices for 5- and 10-pound packages sent from New York City to residential addresses in Chicago and San Francisco. In every case, from ground delivery to next-day service, the Postal Service undercut the … [Read more...] about Cheapest way to ship your package? Here’s how to save.
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SAN FRANCISCO – While consumers may think of Amazon as primarily an online store, the e-commerce giant is quietly building out what analysts say looks like its own delivery company, one that could ultimately bypass UPS and FedEx. The Seattle company plans to complete its acquisition of a French parcel delivery company, Colis Privé, within the next three months, the Seattle Times reports. Amazon (AMZN) purchased a 25% stake in the French company in 2014 and is now buying the rest. Amazon said it doesn't comment on rumors. The move is a clear indication the company is entering into the European parcel market, said John Haber, CEO of Spend Management Experts, an Atlanta-based supply-chain management consulting firm. But Amazon isn’t likely to stop there. “We anticipate they will either make a similar acquisition on the U.S. domestic side (perhaps buying a regional carrier) or continue building out a delivery network internally,” Haber said. Asked … [Read more...] about Amazon quietly builds its own shipping company
SAN FRANCISCO — Have you suddenly started getting porch snapshots from your Amazon delivery person? You’re not alone. Amazon has been quietly expanding a program over the past few months in which some of its delivery providers take a picture of where they put your package. The photo is included in the notice of delivery received by shoppers so they know when it arrived and where to look for it. The new service helps with a common customer pain point when getting deliveries at home — finding where a package was left while they're at work, especially if it was tucked behind a bush or flower pot to make it less visible to would-be thieves. It also has the advantage of forcing drivers to prove that they’ve indeed brought the package to a customer’s address. Amazon Logistics Photo On Delivery is "one of many delivery innovations we’re working on to improve convenience for customers," Amazon … [Read more...] about Why Amazon is sending you pictures of your front porch
For Christmas this year, my family adopted a young bearded dragon lizard as a pet. Our dragon, whom we named Holly, eats a lot, and the thing she loves to eat most is crickets (typically about 10 a day, in addition to other things like mealworms and vegetables). From the get-go, I knew that keeping an ample supply of crickets on hand would require some planning. We live in a rural area of northwestern Minnesota. The closest pet shop is an hour away, in North Dakota. Restocking our cricket supply would require a time commitment of at least two hours out and back. By Christmas Day this year, Holly's cricket supply was running low. I decided to order crickets online, which I had never done before, to save a trip to North Dakota. I bought the crickets from Fluker Farms, one of the more well-established online insect vendors (yes, these exist and there are a lot of them). I decided on a shipment of 250 crickets, which seemed like a reasonable amount for a lizard who is theoretically capable … [Read more...] about I ordered a box of crickets from the internet and it went about as well as you’d expect
New York (CNN Business)Retailers are preparing for the final sprint of holiday shopping as warning signs flash about 2019. Data from Adobe Analytics and the National Retail Federation signal a strong holiday shopping stretch so far. But investors are nervous about risks, including the US-China trade war and broader uncertainty about trade policy in Washington, as well as a slowdown in key markets overseas. Shares of retailers like Target (TGT), Costco (COST), Kohl's (KSS), Nordstrom (JWN) and Tiffany (TIF) have fallen sharply in recent weeks as costs rise and Wall Street questions their ability to navigate the late innings of the economic growth cycle. "Retail stock weakness and volatility have unfortunately been relentless," Cowen analyst Oliver Chen said in a research report Friday. The S&P 500's retail index (XRT) has slid more than 20% over the last three months. Healthy consumers and new ways to shop Read More For now, Americans are buying everything from TVs to … [Read more...] about Shoppers are spending but it may not last