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FedEx says shipping volume is down. That's a bad sign for the global economy.

Sep 16, 2022
The company's CEO thinks it is a sign of an impending global recession. One analyst says some of the decrease in volume is "self-inflicted."
FedEx said it will be reducing the frequency of its flights and closing more than 90 FedEx Office locations.
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China's lockdowns continue to disrupt personal lives and the global economy

Sep 12, 2022
"There was a convenience shop owner nearby me who ate nothing but instant noodles for weeks," says Marketplace's Jennifer Pak.
A guard wears protective clothing as he stands next to a barrier fence outside a Beijing apartment under lockdown in June.
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Dry cleaner makes the rounds to keep business going

Aug 30, 2022
Hangers Cleaners, a Missouri pickup and delivery service, is trying to find the right employees and stay competitive with pay.
"It feels like a family here, but there are limits as far as what we can pay and still have a viable business," said Joe Runyan, co-owner of Hangers Cleaners.
Courtesy Runyan

Why superfast grocery delivery is coming

Dec 7, 2021
DoorDash is launching a DashMart service in New York City that promises grocery delivery in 15 minutes or less. It already has competition.
A New York City distribution center for Buyk, a 15-minute grocery delivery service,
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The super-fast delivery market is booming

Nov 26, 2021
Rather than waiting a day or two for an online order, ultra-fast delivery apps are promising orders can be delivered in as little as 10 minutes.
Getir employees prepare online grocery orders for delivery at a store warehouse in Istanbul in October 2021.
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Shipping company profits and costs have increased amid pandemic e-commerce boom

Feb 1, 2021
Companies that deliver packages have had to expand capacity to handle surges and upgrade safety measures.
A UPS driver gets into his truck while on his delivery route on July 30, 2020 in San Francisco, Calif.
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What if delivery vans took your stuff away instead of dropping off packages?

A fiction writer's surreal take on the COVID-19 economy imagines a world where delivery vans arrive and confiscate your things.
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For public good, not for profit.

What will it take for in-home delivery services to grow?

Feb 12, 2020
In the grocery wars, every innovation counts.
Walmart InHome Delivery associate Nick Burmaster puts on the camera that will livestream the day’s deliveries.
Kathleen Davis

Driverless delivery vehicles are now allowed on California streets

Jan 17, 2020
The new rules still block large vehicles, meaning companies testing driverless big rigs have to look elsewhere.
A Nuro delivery bot drops off groceries.
Courtesy of Nuro

If you think delivery trucks contribute to road congestion now ... just wait

Jan 15, 2020
The World Economic Forum says there could be 36% more delivery vehicles on the roads over the next decade.
A FedEx delivery truck in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in August 2019.
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