drmagoo- so you're analysis is that independent contractors and franchise owners are essentially the same thing? Think about the guidelines for each.
An article in Bloomberg Business talks about the possibility that UPS might not match the FDX dimensional shipping charge move. Basically it argues the point that if companies feel they're being charged too much, they look for their own solutions. I think FDX is running scared about how to meet future expectations. What is most preposterous is they just gutted their express workforce as part of their cost efficiency action plan. They also went on their largest share buyback spree in their history (at inflated prices). Now they've moved on to putting the squeeze on their ground customers. They've already been screwing the independent contractors who make up their home delivery service for years. Hopefully, any loss in volume by t this new pricing mode doesn't hurt these IC's any further. My view is I hope UPS does not go along with the FDX master plan and gains some business. BTW, the dividend should be announced today, right?
Amazon is now offering Sunday delivery thru a Post Office partnership in 17 major cities for certain products. The pricing is very reasonable. After initial success, they expanded the program. No doubt, their long-range plan is to add to their own network. It sure seems the FDX pan to employ wide scale dimensional shipping charge policy in 2015 is questionable at best. I for one hope UPS choose not to follow suit.
You nailed it Hank. They announce secretive contracts with foreign governments that one would usually correlate with some flow of revenue. Maybe LLTI is in the business of foreign investment thru a thus far unnamed subsidiary to funnel its revenues away from the prying eyes of the IRS.
I suspect it will be coming shortly. Remember, they still have to report their month of December which crushed some of the other competitors like UPS with overtime, additional flights, more hiring and cost of renting extra equipment.
Norjoa- looks like jolly roger gave himself away by letting folks know this was a personal made-up story.
One related observation about UPS freight. I still see the old white not-to-good-looking trailers on the road. I would have thought the re-branding would have been complete by now. Comments...
TNT announced that the sale of its Chinese business is underway and it is also pursuing the sale of its Brazilian operation. Is it possible that UPS is legally permitted to pursue either? For that matter, could FDX?
I guess folks are so intrigued with Molycorp that they can't wait to buy and trade shares. It's amazing to me that a but under 10M shares trade daily or pretty close to the number of Vodafone, a rather significant global telephone and communications company. Is it fair to say that the market makers and institutions are stirring up this activity?
Nearly every company that is reporting, particularly the financials and even FDX is recent months, is engaged in head count reduction. This is great for corporate shares but not so much for the U.S. economy and employment. I wonder what UPS will have to say about it?
Hey guys, I've got a question. I'm a long-term supporter of Great Western. However, it's hard to see much of a chance for any significant move upwards until maybe the fall. For that reason, I'm looking to sell the shares I bought that were the most expensive with the intent of waiting at least 30 days to buy them back. Anyone else generating a tax loss but planning on re-acquiring their shares this way?
See in particular page 6 for references as to the developing support from the state of Alaska for Bokan Mountain activities by Ucore. In all, this is a nicely written back story to how we got to the rare earth conundrum we're in today. It seems to me that if government support would be forthcoming to Ucore, MCP and Great Western we'd be well along the way to insulating ourselves from untoward Chinese dominance of the industry.