FedEx prepares for an anticipated record-setting peak season

FedEx has announced its results for Q1 ended August 31, reporting total revenue at $19.3bn, up by $2.3bn Y-o-Y.

FedEx has announced several ongoing strategic initiatives in preparation for what it expects to be an unprecedented peak holiday season. FedEx has implemented value proposition advancements across the enterprise, including the expansion of FedEx Ground’s year-round Sunday residential coverage to nearly 95% of the US population, which will be effective from September 13, 2020.

The expansion of Sunday residential delivery coverage, on top of the Saturday residential service that is available to more than 96% of the US population, provides a significant weekend competitive advantage for FedEx Ground and strengthens the company’s ability to serve the growing needs of e-commerce customers.

FedEx has made several other investments in its FedEx Ground division through the addition of new and expanded facilities and other innovative technology solutions. The company has increased capacity with facility investments across the network, including:

  • Six regional sortation facilities, each strategically located to serve large e-tailers in short-haul solutions,
  • Four new automated stations,
  • Eight new or expanded large package facilities that further enable the safe and efficient handling of items like TVs and furniture,
  • Expanding more than 50 existing facilities with additional material handling equipment and automation,
  • Shippers can now ship packages as heavy as 150 lbs through FedEx Home Delivery.

FedEx has also expanded its retail network. FedEx package pickup and drop-off services are now available at more than 8,000 Dollar General locations, further increasing its retail convenience network to more than 20,000 staffed FedEx locations. Approximately 92% of the US population now lives within five miles of a staffed FedEx location. The retail network includes more than 2,100 FedEx Office locations and well-known retailers such as Walgreens, Kroger and Albertsons. Additionally, the retail network is well-positioned to serve as a Buy Online Pickup in Store (BOPIS) network for small and medium merchants without brick-and-mortar locations.

FedEx Freight Direct is expanding its Standard and Premium service offerings to cover 90% of the US, effective September 14, 2020.

Source: FedEx

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