Hurricane Ian Impacts Carriers, FedEx Increases Prices, & Tips to Prepare for Peaks

Hurricane Ian's Impact on Carrier Logistics

Hurricane Ian nears a Category 5 Status, leading to numerous postal units closing today.

View a complete list of where delivery is suspended is linked here.

Carrier logistics will manage parcels in the network until service is restored. Delivery will be delayed, however, throughout the storm.

Carrier Update: FedEx Pilot Strike, FedEx Increases Fees, West Coast Ports Slow Productivity

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Inflation Headwinds Into Peak Season and What to Expect

Inflation is expected to change holiday shopping behaviors as consumers look for ways to score deals and minimize expenses.

  • Many shoppers plan to cut back, switch to value brands, and shop even earlier in the season to avoid price hikes.

  • At the same time, consumers are enthusiastic about celebrating the holidays after two years of limited or pared-back gatherings.

  • Shoppers are feeling the pinch: More than half (51%) of consumers plan to buy fewer holiday gifts this year, per a Salesforce report.

  • Over one-third (38%) of US adults expect to spend less this holiday season, per a Digital River survey conducted by Opinium. Roughly two-thirds (67%) say they’ve already reduced spending on non-essential items.

Many shoppers are already struggling with elevated back-to-school costs, which could eat into budgets for the rest of the year and cause households to scale down holiday celebrations.

For more tips on how to prepare for peak season, download our cyber-week checklist.