UPS explores a new delivery service


United Parcel Services (UPS), the world’s largest package deliverer, is in talks with at least one U.S. trucking firm to launch an in-home delivery service for large, heavy goods like couches and treadmills, according to Reuters.

The $3.7 billion furniture delivery business is becoming increasingly more competitive as e-commerce companies like Amazon and Wayfair battle chains like Crate and Barrel and big-box stores for market share.

UPS reportedly is in talks with trucking company Werner Enterprises to form a final-mile delivery partnership, possibly by end of year.

“Outsourcing to a trucking firm would allow UPS to enter into the final-mile business without committing its own capital up front to expand its fleet or acquire end-of-line infrastructure such as terminals,” said Ben Hartford, and R.W. Baird analyst.

Neither Werner nor UPS would confirm the companies are in discussions. (Source: Reuters)

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