The History of FedEx


FedEx is one of the big three when it comes to your business shipping needs. But have you ever wondered how FedEx got it’s start?

Who thought of it and what hurdles did they have to overcome to make their dream a reality?

Lets take a look at some of the highlights of the story of FedEx.

C.J. Tower & Sons — the forerunner of FedEx Trade Networks subsidiary FedEx Trade Networks Transport & Brokerage — begins operation as a customs broker in Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Federal Express relocates operations to Memphis,Tenn.
On the first night of continuous operation, 389 Federal Express employees and 14 Dassault Falcon jets deliver 186 packages overnight to 25 U.S. cities — and the modern air/ground express industry is born.

Federal Express introduces the Overnight Letter.
Federal Express begins international delivery with service to Canada.
Federal Express opens its SuperHub adjacent to Memphis International Airport.

Federal Express becomes the first to reach revenues of $1 billion without merger or acquisition.

FedEx acquires Caliber System Inc. and creates FDX Corporation. The move creates a $16 billion transportation powerhouse, comprised of the traditional Federal Express distribution service and small-package carrier RPS, less-than-truckload (LTL) carrier Viking Freight, Caliber Logistics, Caliber Technology and Roberts Express.

Parent company FDX is renamed “FedEx Corporation.” Services are divided into companies that operate independently yet compete collectively: FedEx Express, FedEx Ground, FedEx Global Logistics, FedEx Custom Critical and FedEx Services.
FedEx Ground launches FedEx Home Delivery, an innovative business-to-residential service, in major
FedEx Trade Networks is created with the acquisitions of Tower Group International and WorldTariff.
FedEx Custom Critical acquires Passport Transport.
FedEx teams with on a major e-commerce event, delivering the book “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” to 250,000 eager customers on the Saturday of its release.
FedEx introduces customer technology solutions including a redesigned, FedEx e-Commerce Builder, FedEx Global Trade Manager and FedEx Ship Manager.

FedEx Express acquires the logistics, distribution and express businesses of AFL Pvt. Ltd. and its affiliate, Unifreight India Pvt. Ltd. This acquisition provides FedEx more robust domestic transportation and added capabilities in India.
FedEx Express acquires the operations of MultiPack in Mexico. MultiPack’s existing operations include its pick-up and delivery network, warehousing and logistics services, 48 distribution centers, 13 warehouses and more than 500 retail outlets, all of which will be consolidated into the FedEx business.

As you can see by their history FedEx has an extensive track record of getting things from point A to Point B.

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