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FedEx to hike shipping rates by almost 5%

BY Deena M. Amato-McCoy

FedEx will have new shipping rates starting January 1, 2018.

All subsidiaries, FedEx Express, FedEx Ground and FedEx Freight, will increase their shipping fees by an average of 4.9%. The company is also imparting additional surcharges across other services.

For example, FedEx Express shipping rates will spike by an average of 4.9% for U.S. domestic, U.S. export and U.S. import services. FedEx One Rate pricing will increase by an average of 3.5%.

In addition to an approximately 4.9% increase across FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery shipping rates, FedEx SmartPost rates will also change.

FedEx Freight’s 4.9% increase applies to eligible FedEx Freight shipments within the U.S., including Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; between the U.S. and Canada, within Canada, and between the contiguous U.S. and Mexico. FedEx Freight rates within Mexico will also change.

As of January 22, 2018, other charges will also be applied:

A Third Party Billing Surcharge will be added to FedEx Express and FedEx Ground shipments that are billed to a third party.

Applicable criteria and pricing for packages that require additional handling, are oversized, or are unauthorized, will change.

FedEx SmartPost will apply dimensional weight pricing, and the Non-Machinable Surcharge will change.

FedEx Freight will implement an Over Length Surcharge of $85 per shipment. This fee will be applied to shipments with dimensions between 8 ft. or and 12 ft.

The fee increases come on the heels of FedEx’s plan to pull back additional surcharges on holiday season deliveries — unless packages require additional handling, are oversized or unauthorized. FedEx Express and FedEx Ground in the U.S. and Canada will increase handling by $3 per package. Oversized goods are subject to an additional $25 per package, and unauthorized shipments will be $300 per package.

The holiday season surcharge will launch Nov. 20, and run through Dec. 24.

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Report: Two high-profile discount retailers join call for replacement of ‘Dreamer’ legislation

BY Deena M. Amato-McCoy

Walmart and Target are among the companies pressuring political leaders to find a solution for the roughly 800,000 immigrants known as “Dreamers.”

The retailers joined an expanded group of nearly 800 companies calling in a letter for U.S. legislation to protect immigrants brought into the country illegally by their parents from deportation. Specifically, the group is asking Congress to pass a permanent replacement for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA — a group of immigrants referred to as “Dreamers,” according to Reuters.

According to the report, the letter comes on the heels of a similar request penned in August by a group of businesses less than half the size and weighted toward technology companies. This correspondence was sent before President Donald Trump said he would end the program.

Both letters were spearheaded by FWD.us, a pro-immigration group co-founded by Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg.

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Amazon adds first hospitality partner to its Shop with Points program

BY Deena M. Amato-McCoy

Amazon is giving Hilton Honors members a new way to redeem their points.

The global hospitality company is joining Amazon’s Shop With Points program, a move that will enable Hilton Honors members to redeem their loyalty points for purchases on Amazon. Hilton is the first hotel brand to join Amazon’s program.

Here is how it works: Hilton Honors members link their account to Amazon.com account. Once complete, loyalty members can choose the amount of Hilton Honors points they wish to use when checking out their purchase at Amazon.

Hilton’s loyalty program has 66 million members.

“Amazon Shop with Points provides customers the convenience to use their favorite reward points to shop for millions of items at amazon.com,” said David Williams, VP, Amazon payment products. “We are excited that customers can now use yet another one of their favorite rewards programs to shop at Amazon.com.”

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