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UPS/FedEx: Inside the Package Wars

About the Show

CNBC takes you inside the mad dash to move more than 25-million packages a day. It’s a revealing look at a complex system of jaw dropping automation that feeds an army of trucks on the ground and a fleet of planes in the sky. Our cameras explore the inner-workings of UPS Worldport and the FedEx Super Hub, showing how extreme automation and hi-tech logistics help two companies succeed. Under the crush of an e-commerce revolution, both companies are forced to invent ways to be faster, smarter, and cheaper. Plus, beyond packages… a new frontier: the delivery giants set their sights on even more growth with unique strategies that have the delivery guys cashing in on pharma, smart phones and even luxury cars.

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  • Outrageous Deliveries Wednesday, 18 Jan 2012 | 2:21 PM ET
    When you want your business documents delivered the next day or the shoes you purchased off the Internet to be delivered to your door, you usually rely on FedEx or UPS. The transportation giants deliver almost 25 million packages a day. While most are your run-of-the-mill deliveries, others are a bit more unusual. Just think, someone has to get that panda to the zoo.We’ve compiled a list of the most outrageous deliveries, courtesy of FedEx and UPS. Click ahead to see the special deliveries that

    While many deliveries by UPS and FedEx are run-of-the-mill, others are a bit more outrageous. Find out what special deliveries required more than just a box and some packing tape.

  • UPS & FedEx: Delivering Profits     Thursday, 19 Jan 2012 | 12:00 AM ET

    An inside look at the mad dash to move more than 25 million packages/day -- a complex system that feeds an army of trucks on the ground and a fleet of planes in the sky.

  • CNBC's Brian Shactman goes inside the mad dash to move more than 25-million packages a day. It’s a revealing look at a complex system of jaw dropping automation at industry giants UPS and Fed Ex.

  • Instead of just shipping products for companies, UPS and FedEx are also storing, maintaining and even customizing products — all with their own employees. CNBC's Brian Shactman explains.

  • FedEx's Super Scanners     Thursday, 19 Jan 2012 | 12:00 AM ET

    FedEx relies on many types of barcode scanners. We show the most advanced ways of capturing data from and about packages as they make their way through the FedEx network.

  • UPS Airlines Cuts Fuel Costs     Thursday, 19 Jan 2012 | 12:00 AM ET

    UPS saves millions of dollars each year in fuel costs using technologies to make their fleet more efficient.

  • Joyriding on UPS's Flight Simulator     Thursday, 19 Jan 2012 | 12:00 AM ET

    Brian Schactman tries out UPS's $13 million flight simulator. They have eight, 11-ton simulators to keep their pilots certified.

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  • UPS Tuesday, 12 Jun 2012 | 3:16 PM ET
  • FedEx Tuesday, 12 Jun 2012 | 2:15 AM ET

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  • Shactman joined CNBC in 2007 as a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor for CNBC's business day programming.

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