The outsourcing of logistics is supposed to save businesses big money. They pay only for the services they need; they turn over complex operations to a pro, and they get expensive assets off their books. It all makes eminent sense - unless your name is Amazon.com Inc.
Hermes, operator of a business-to-consumer parcel shop network in Europe, has partnered with Dynamic Parcel Distribution (DPD) and General Logistics Systems (GLS) to form a new joint venture, ParcelLock GmbH.
Newgistics Inc., a provider of logistics services and technology for retailers and brands, will provide delivery in the U.S. for products purchased through AliExpress, the e-commerce unit of Alibaba that connects Chinese businesses with international buyers.
Working to make up for a sharp drop in the volume of First Class Mail, the U.S. Postal Service is ramping up its efforts to compete in the area of package deliveries. Dennis Nicoski, manager of field sales strategy and contracts, explains the agency's approach.