Shopping online has become more popular during the current health situation the world is facing. While that may be good for online retailers – the shipping carriers or those that merchants have hired to deliver to consumers from distribution centers across the world have had enough. According to recent news reports UPS, Fedex and DHL have stopped accepting new merchants into their distribution network for the remainder of 2020.
In fact recently FedEx in its most recent quarter, average daily volume at FedEx Ground increased by 31%. UPS is set to report earnings on Oct. 28.
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Fedex has recently announced updates to their delivery timelines moving their expedited business to later in the day from earlier morning deliveries as they could not meet their own guidelines. However, the issue is more than just national carriers, smaller regional carriers are seeing increased demand from the current health situation. As such carriers have stopped accepting new merchants for the remainder of the fourth quarter.