Starting June 8 until further notice, FedEx is applying temporary surcharges to all domestic deliveries involving its contract-only SmartPost service (which relies on USPS for the final leg) and oversized packages, as well as domestic residential FedEx Express and FedEx Ground packages from companies who exceed certain volume limits.
Adidas and shoes retailer Allbirds have teamed up to launch a project to accelerate solutions in reducing the 700M metric tons of carbon dioxide emitted by the footwear industry each year. The partnership aims to innovate on manufacturing and supply chain processes in addition to exploring renewable material resources, resulting in a low carbon footprint.
Plant-based meat substitutes were on the rise well before the COVID-19 outbreak, and now one major company in that space has placed a big bet on the direct-to-consumer space. Redwood City, California-based Impossible Foods has launched an e-commerce site that allows “people in the lower 48 states to buy the award-winning, plant-based Impossible Burger and cook it at home.”
It’s not unusual for United Parcel Service or FedEx to tack-on surcharges for retailers and consumer-direct brands shipping products during peak periods leading up to Christmas. Merchants do not, however, expect such charges in June. Of course, this June is unlike any June experienced by anyone ever.
PetCare is booming. The number of US households with pets has exceeded those with children by some 30 million. According to the American Pet Products Association (APPA), some $72 billion was expected to be spent on pets in 2018, compared with $43 billion 10 years earlier. From nutrition-specific foods to doggy DNA tests and app-connected food bowls, pet-related products are feeding industry with sales 3X that of children's toys!