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FedEx Ground

FedEx Ground
Industry Transportation
Founded 1985 as RPS; Merged with Federal Express in 1998, rebranded as FedEx Ground in 2000
Headquarters Moon Township, Pennsylvania
Key people
Henry Maier, President and CEO
Products Delivery
Revenue Increase USD 9.6 billion (FY2012)
Number of employees
More than 65,000 employees and independent contractors (June 2010)
Parent FedEx Corporation
Website [1]

FedEx Ground is a shipping company that is a subsidiary of the FedEx Corporation. It is headquartered in Moon Township, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh. Originally conceived as a lower cost competitor to UPS, Roadway Package System (RPS) was created to take advantage of new barcode, material handling and computer technologies. After beginning service on March 11, 1985, the company grew, expanding service from its initial coverage of the Mid-Atlantic states, so much so that it eventually became the largest subsidiary of its parent company, Akron-based Roadway Services. By 1996, RPS had achieved 100% coverage of the United States and Canada. In addition, Roadway Services had been reformed as a new holding company called Caliber System, Inc.

In 1997,

  • FedEx Ground official website
  • FedEx Ground recognizes owner of local trucking firm as entrepreneur of year
  • The Ground War At FedEx - BusinessWeek Article on FedEx Ground
  • FedEx Ground vs. UPS: Two Worldviews

External links

  1. ^ Delivering the goods
  2. ^ FedEx SmartPost - SmartPost - SmartPost Shipping
  3. ^ Magazine April 2010, Carrier Consolidation Services: An Inside Guide to UPS Basic & FedEx SmartPostParcel
  4. ^
  5. ^ FedEx SmartPost network
FedEx Ground truck


  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Chino, CA
  • Los Angeles (Commerce), CA
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Denver (Aurora), CO
  • Orlando, FL
  • Atlanta (Ellenwood), GA
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Kansas City (Olathe), KS
  • Northborough, MA
  • Detroit (Belleville), MI
  • Minneapolis (Maple Grove), MN
  • St. Louis (Earth City), MO
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Edison, NJ
  • Grove City, OH
  • Allentown, PA
  • Pittsburgh (Clinton), PA
  • Memphis, TN (Southaven, MS)
  • Dallas, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • Seattle (Kent), WA
  • New Berlin, WI (Main Hub & Headquarters)
  • Martinsburg, WV

FedEx SmartPost is headquartered in New Berlin, WI, and operates 25 hubs[5] throughout the US:

FedEx SmartPost hub locations

FedEx Ground hubs are located in: Theodore, AL; Mabelvale, AR; Oceanside, CA; Davenport, FL; Sauget, IL; South Bend, IN; Louisville, KY; Vaughan, ON; Hanover, PA; Jackson Township, PA; Pittson, PA; Ft Worth, TX. [4]

The resulting service is one that is less expensive than FedEx Ground but more expensive than regular mail and generally takes two to four days longer than standard FedEx ground shipping, with tracking information but without a guarantee of service.[3]

  • FedEx Ground Contractors pick up packages for "Smart Post Small Shipper" clients and transfer these packages to SmartPost within the FedEx Ground Hubs
  • FedEx SmartPost trailers pick up packages for "Smart Post Large Shipper" clients and move the packages within the FedEx SmartPost network directly.

Pickups are completed by two different groups within FedEx Ground based on expected volume:

FedEx purchased the parcel consolidator Parcel Direct in September 2004 from Quad Graphics. This FedEx Ground subsidiary was re-branded as FedEx SmartPost in October 2004. FedEx SmartPost uses FedEx for the journey and uses the US Postal Service[2] for final delivery to residences. FedEx SmartPostā€™s customers include e-tailers and catalog companies. FedEx SmartPost also offers a Returns service for higher-volume clients that allows customers to complete returns at all U.S. Postal ServiceĀ® (USPS) locations in addition to FedEx locations.

FedEx SmartPost logo

FedEx SmartPost

  • FedEx SmartPost 1
    • FedEx SmartPost hub locations 1.1
  • References 2
  • External links 3


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