Dec 5, 2019

UPS and FedEx caught in the holiday hustle and bustle

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Segments From this episode

Do people really buy cars as holiday gifts?

Dec 5, 2019
It might be a good time to find a bargain, but that present might not be appreciated.
The Lexus "December to Remember" event has been running since 1999.

Six fewer shipping days till Christmas puts pressure on UPS, FedEx and USPS

Dec 5, 2019
This year's late Thanksgiving has put shippers on alert. They're reminding customers to send their gifts early.
UPS has sent emails and social media messages about shipping deadlines. Above, a UPS worker sorts packages in San Francisco.
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What new import tariffs mean for one American steel company

Dec 5, 2019
"People are scrambling to buy steel," said Lisa Goldenberg, president of Delaware Steel Co.
Brazilian and Argentinian steel on the way to the United States got 25% more expensive after the president's tweet.
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The top body at the WTO is about to stop functioning

Dec 5, 2019
The Appellate Body, a supreme court of trade, will effectively be no more.
The World Trade Organization headquarters in Geneva.
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One idea to pay off student debt: use your retirement account

Dec 5, 2019
Senator Rand Paul wants to allow people to use retirement accounts to pay off student debt, tax- and penalty-free.
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Automatic Reply: "Lesson learned"

Dec 5, 2019
Winter vacations can have their downsides.
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5G could change the world. 5G is also marketing hype.

Dec 5, 2019
This week, T-Mobile rolled out its “5G” service nationwide. But instead of a revolutionary change in data speeds, it’ll boost downloads by an average of 20%.
John MacDougall/AFP via Getty Images

Music from the episode

Calm Freddie Joachim
oh baby LCD Soundsystem
Boxing Day Blues Courtney Barnett
Wide Eyes Local Natives
Drive Ethan Evans
TV Queen Wild Nothing

The team

Nancy Farghalli Executive Producer
Bridget Bodnar Producer
Daisy Palacios Producer
Sean McHenry Associate Producer
Maria Hollenhorst Associate Producer

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