Started in 1965 and based on a structure created in a student’s term paper (upon which he received an average grade) outlining a system to accommodate urgent, time-sensitive shipments such as medicine, computer parts and electronics. Using planes to send these shipments quickly was a revolutionary idea, and one that started to set a standard in “express” shipping.
Here at Western, we work with FedEx Express and FedEx Ground. Two entities, one company, which sometimes confuses people. The name “FedEx” is actually a parent company for a handful of services:
- FedEx Express
- FedEx Ground
- FedEx Global Logistics
- FedEx Custom Critical
- FedEx Services
Above all else, FedEx is fast and has superior tracking (highly detailed). I tend to trust them with high value items, shipments where timely delivery is the most important factor, and for International Express shipping.
Interesting factoids about FedEx
- In 2001 FedEx Express and the U.S. Postal Service forged a public-private alliance and now FedEx works as a subcontractor for the Post Office on International Express shipments including USPS Priority Express and USPS Global Express Guaranteed.
- FedEx Drivers compete in state truck driving championships and place consistently high in the rankings; so far this year 45 drivers have been awarded top honors (usually in the top three places).
- Unique things that FedEx has shipped:
- The 13 foot tiger shark from Jaws
- 60 Labrador rescue puppies
- 3 5-week old orphaned cougar kittens
- 17 classic Ferraris (from Brussels to the U.S.)
- The Spirit of Liberty Bell
- 70,000 sea turtle eggs (they were removed from the oil-threatened Gulf Coast to Cape Canaveral)
- 2 giant Pandas from China to the Memphis Zoo
- Since 2005, FedEx Freight has delivered over 120,000 live Christmas trees to military troops and their families across the U.S.