2017 Holiday Outlook: Key findings- published by pwc.com

1. Make it easy on me >
From product discovery to payment to shipping, consumers are in the driver’s seat

2. At the holidays and all year, a community of commerce >
The store morphs into a more contemporary version of its former self

3. Holiday habits uncover generational preferences >
Young consumers enjoy travel; older consumers like dining out

4. Young Gen Z consumers forge their own path >
Visual social networks dominate product discovery

5. Generous millennial dads put family first >
Early tech adopters lead shopping via smart home devices

6. Home for the holidays . . . or maybe not >
Whether to grandma’s or a winter vacation

7. Alexa, where’s my stuff? >
More distribution centers closer to population centers mean fewer last-mile snags

8. Goodbye traditional advertising, hello influencers >
Consumers want the unvarnished truth from their peers

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The FedEx 2018 Rate Increase: A Deeper Dive- by Dave Sullivan of Parcelindustry.com

As has been widely reported in many industry trade journals, FedEx Corp announced that it will be raising shipping rates in 2018 for FedEx Ground, FedEx Express, and FedEx Freight by 4.9%. If that number sounds familiar, it should. Here are the FedEx announced average rate increases for the past few years:

  • 2017: 4.9% for Ground, 3.9% for Express
  • 2016: 4.9% for Ground and Express
  • 2015: 4.9% for Ground and Express
  • 2014: 4.9% for Ground, 3.9% for Express
  • 2013: 5.9% for Ground and Express (to be offset by fuel surcharge reduction)
  • 2012: 5.9% for Ground and Express (to be offset by fuel surcharge reduction)
  • 2011: 5.9% for Ground and Express (to be offset by fuel surcharge reduction)
  • 2010: 4.9% for Ground, 5.9% for Express (to be offset by fuel surcharge reduction)

Notice a trend? Since the carriers (UPS and FedEx) began announcing an annual general rate increase (GRI), they’ve been consistent in their announced average increase.

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