Welcome back to our roundup of what’s going on in the shipping and mailing world. This week, we’re taking a look at the launch of FedEx Fulfillment, free two-day shipping from Walmart and the U.S. Postal Service’s® new Forever Stamp, a tribute to civil rights activist Dorothy Height.
FedEx unveiled FedEx Fulfillment, a shipping logistics network for small and medium businesses. Participating retailers can store their products at FedEx warehouses across the United States and Canada, and FedEx Fulfillment will handle the packing and shipping. Retailers are able to choose to have goods shipped in customized boxes printed with their brand logo, instead of FedEx’s.
This offering is being likened to Amazon Warehouse, though the main advantage is that FedEx itself isn’t a retailer. While Amazon Warehouse sometimes becomes competitive with the retailers it serves, small businesses using FedEx Fulfillment won’t have to worry about being in direct competition with the service. Ryan Kelly, senior vice president of FedEx Supply Chain, explains, “We’re focused on the retailer, and doing what’s right for the retailer, in helping them grow their business.”
Walmart recently made an exciting announcement for frequent online shoppers. The retail corporation is now offering automatic free, two-day shipping on over 2 million items, with no need for a membership fee. Marc Lore, President and CEO of Walmart U.S. eCommerce, announced, “In today’s world of ecommerce, two-day free shipping is table stakes. It no longer makes sense to charge for it.”
Items eligible for two-day free shipping range widely, but are mainly Walmart’s best-sellers, like cleaning supplies, baby needs, beauty products, toys and electronics. There will, however, be one stipulation – free shipping applies only on orders of $35 or more. Shipping to stores for pickup, available at over 4,600 stores, will remain free with no price threshold.
The U.S. Postal Service kicked off Black History Month by dedicating a new Forever Stamp that honors civil rights activist Dorothy Height. The new stamp, designed by Derry Noyes, features a portrait of Height by artist Thomas Blackshear. It is the 40th addition to the USPS’s Black Heritage Series, which features other African-American pioneers and activists.
Height dedicated her life to fighting for racial and gender equality. She helped organize the 1963 March on Washington, served as president of the National Council of Negro Women and co-founded the National Women’s Political Caucus. For her lifelong service, Height was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom (in 1994) and the Congressional Gold Medal (in 2004), the nation’s two highest civilian honors.
“The Postal Service is proud to honor civil rights icon Dorothy Height, an American treasure, whose illustrious career spanned almost a century,” said Ronald Stroman, deputy postmaster general. “The Dorothy Height Forever stamp will serve as a lasting tribute to her life and legacy of seeking equality and justice for all Americans, regardless of ethnicity, gender or race.”
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