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The best companies to get the most out of your time at home are a mix of delivery providers that can be trusted, and brands that are also reliable, according to a study released Thursday by the consumer watchdog group Consumers Union.
The report comes as more companies are trying to attract consumers to their online services, particularly as more consumers are online and use smartphones.
It found that the biggest online delivery companies in the U.S. in 2018 were not only more reliable, but they also spent significantly less on their delivery services, which could help them attract more customers.
Consumers Union surveyed more than 10,000 consumers who use their smartphones or tablets to shop online and found that companies such as Amazon, FedEx and UPS were among the most reliable, the group said.
The research also found that many of the companies surveyed had a reputation for delivering goods quickly and efficiently.
“The most trusted online delivery services are also among the largest and most expensive,” Consumers Union said.
UPS and FedEx are the two largest companies in terms of revenue and operating expenses, with total revenues of $13.6 billion in 2018 and $16.1 billion in 2019.
Their revenue in 2018 totaled $20.4 billion and $19.7 billion, respectively.
In 2019, the two companies had combined revenue of $32.5 billion and operating costs of $19 billion.
They also have the biggest customer base in the industry with more than 30 million active customers, according the research.
The Consumer Service Alliance, which represents delivery companies, also released its own report Thursday.
The group said the cost of getting groceries delivered increased more than 70% from 2014 to 2019, from $1.13 to $2.50 a pound.
The organization said it was concerned about the increasing costs of delivery and that the price increases “could make it difficult for consumers to access groceries for the foreseeable future.”
For example, the cost for delivery in 2019 increased $1 from $2 to $3.95.
For the second year in a row, UPS had the largest price increase of the delivery companies surveyed, rising $3 from $3 to $6.25 a pound in 2019, with the biggest increase in New York City, where it increased $4.95 from $5.50 to $8.99 a pound and the most expensive.
For delivery in Los Angeles, the price increase increased $5 from $7 to $9.50, and in Philadelphia, it increased from $8 to $10.95 a pound, the report said.
In Chicago, the most costly price increase was in Philadelphia and was $7.50 from $10 to $13 a pound; for Chicago, that was $9 from $13 to the price of a bag of chips.
UPS reported that delivery costs had increased in the five cities it surveyed: Chicago, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, San Francisco and New York.
A recent study by UPS found that consumers in the six largest U.K. cities had higher prices for groceries delivered by companies like FedEx, UPS and UPS Express.
Consumers in the other four cities were not affected by the price hikes.
UPS said that it is working to eliminate delivery costs for all customers, including those who have signed up for an Amazon Prime membership or who have an existing Amazon Prime account.
The study also found, however, that some of the biggest providers in the delivery industry are still in business, with delivery companies that have a good track record.
It said that delivery companies like UPS, FedEx, FedEx Express and Amazon, which it says spend $60 billion on delivery, were still operating in 2020.
“It’s clear that delivery services still make a significant portion of the market, but we need to do better,” said Rachel M. Strayer, vice president of public policy for Consumers Union, in a statement.
“We must invest in new delivery companies to keep pace with the growth in the market and ensure consumers can access their groceries safely and affordably.
Consumers deserve better delivery and delivery companies need to play a larger role in delivering.”
The report also found the cost increases were more prevalent in cities with the highest levels of income inequality.
In the eight cities where the report focused, delivery costs increased by an average of 25%, with the largest increases in New Orleans and New Orleans, LA, and Washington, D.C. It also found in all cities, people in the poorest parts of the city are paying more for groceries and groceries are more expensive in places where people are working, poor and working-class.
The cheapest groceries for delivery are typically delivered by a small company with an online store, the Consumer Service Association said.
For example: In 2018, UPS delivered $7 in the Washington