FedEx has announced the opening of its new gateway facility in Clark, Pampanga, the Philippines, expected to boost support for Philippine businesses and retail freight amidst e-commerce growth.
The 17,000 sq m facility is said to enable faster processing with the capability to sort 9,000 parcels per hour and has a dedicated freight-handling area spans 630 sq m. The facility is aimed to at supporting the growing e-commerce demand of bulk shipments and large items especially for the upcoming peak season shipping volumes.
The new Clark gateway also features a cold storage facility for varying temperature-sensitive shipments. One unit has storage temperature capabilities ranging from -20°C to 5°C or -4°F to 41°F, appropriate for storing vaccines, fresh produce, and raw products. Two other units have storage temperature of 5°C to 20°C or 23°F to 68°F, appropriate for keeping vegetables and dry foods such as canned goods. These units help retain the freshness of products and maximize their shelf life, according to the company.
“FedEx has always been at the forefront of defining what’s next for our customers. We remain focused on optimizing our air and ground network to meet evolving customer needs. Plans for the Clark Gateway have been in place since before the demand for e-commerce soared. With a finger on the pulse of global trade, we made this strategic investment to enhance connectivity and support for Philippine businesses venturing into international markets”, said Kawal Preet, president of the Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa (AMEA) region at FedEx Express.
“In our 37 years of continuous operations in the Philippines, we’ve made sure to bring products and services that enhance convenience for our customers. We’ve had contactless options in place for years – enabling remote booking and tracking of packages, submission of import and export documents, and tracking temperature-sensitive shipments from your mobile phone. This infrastructure is one of the reasons FedEx is agile and is key to providing supply chain continuity regardless of global conditions,” shared John Peterson, Managing Director Operations, FedEx Express Philippines.
The facility provides customers with more solutions with the launch of Dangerous Goods One-Stop Shop, stated FedEx. This solution hopes to offer customers an end-to-end shipping experience for dangerous goods that is fully compliant with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) guidelines. This gateway is aimed at allowing businesses to access FedEx’s network and expand their market reach with 36 flights coming in and out weekly, connecting them to over 220 countries and territories. In line with its sustainability goals, the Clark gateway is said to be using electric ground service equipment, replacing traditional units that run on fuel.
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