UPS and FedEx raise fuel surcharges

From USPS News Link:

UPS and FedEx have increased the fees they charge customers for fuel, prompting some businesses to take a fresh look at the Postal Service, news reports say.

FedEx has raised its fuel charge from 5.5 percent to 6 percent, while UPS has changed how it calculates the fee for ground shipments, the public radio series “Marketplace” reported this week.

According to the trade publication DC Velocity, UPS’s ground fuel surcharges will rise from 5 percent to 5.5 percent if diesel prices stay within a range of $2.91 to $3.05 a gallon. If prices rise, so will UPS’s fee.

“Marketplace” reported some customers are now considering the Postal Service, which doesn’t charge fuel surcharges and lowered Priority Mail rates last year.

“[It’s] a pretty good product,” shipping consult Rob Martinez said.

In addition to hiking fuel surcharges, UPS and FedEx recently raised dimensional (DIM) weight prices. The companies now charge based on the size of some packages, regardless of their weight.

In a recent survey of businesses, 80 percent said they’ll use the Postal Service for larger, lightweight shipments now that DIM weight pricing has come into play.

Video: UPS worker throws packages, urinates on house

HOUSTON – It’s behavior you would never expect from a UPS worker and it’s all caught on camera.

The worker dumps the packages he’s delivering and then decides to relieve himself.

"I don’t know how UPS trains their employees to go to the bathroom, but probably not someone’s yard," said Ben Lucas, the homeowner.

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UPS follows FedEx, introduces dimensional pricing

New Pricing Addresses Industry Trend, Promotes Packaging Efficiency and Environmental Responsibility

ups-logoUPS® (NYSE:UPS) today announced that, beginning December 29, 2014, in the United States, dimensional weight will be utilized to calculate the billable weight of a shipment on all UPS® Ground services and UPS® Standard to Canada packages. UPS already applies this method for UPS air services (domestic and international), UPS Standard™ to Mexico ground services and for UPS® Ground packages and UPS® Standard to Canada packages measuring 3 cubic feet in size or larger. Continue reading

UPS Fires 250 Drivers After They Protested A Coworker’s Firing

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Two hundred fifty employees of the United Parcel Service (UPS) walked off the job for 90 minutes in February to protest the firing of one of their coworkers, Jairo Reyes. Reyes had driven for the company for over 20 years, and they felt his firing (which occurred after a complicated saga over the hours that senior UPS workers could hold) was unfair.

This week, all of those employees were given a pink slip, New York Daily News reports. “They just called me in … (and) said, ‘Effective immediately, you are no longer on the payroll,'” one UPS employee told the outlet.

Read more: UPS Fires 250 Drivers After They Protested A Coworker's Firing | ThinkProgress.