New year, new packaging?

FREIGHT

Look out Flexport, Freightos, et al (Not to mention, WalMart). According to a new report, Amazon is pushing aggressively into the ocean-freight business.

A strong December caps a record-breaking year in global trade and ocean-freight, according to global trade intelligence firm, Panjiva.

Truck shipments fall for the first time in two years. Time may tell if it’s a dip in the industry, or GDP growth.

PARCEL

In a highly consumptive industry, it’s easy to be a bit skeptical on “conservation” efforts. But we like the idea here: UPS is piloting reusable packaging for pickups/ deliveries.

Speaking of which, we just received some samples of Noissue’s compostable mailer bag, which replaces a standard garment poly mailer. Interesting concept—at roughly the same price.

Following up on our highlighting of the partnership between UPS and smart-lock maker, Latch: The carrier announced that it is opening up ten new metro regions for the service, in addition to the two in which it currently operates the service.

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