FedEx by the Numbers

atkins bookshelf triviaOver the past few decades, consumer habits have changed dramatically, shifting purchasing from big box retailers and malls to online retailers. A critical element of the new retail paradigm is the delivery service (a worldwide market valued at more than $18 trillion) — getting a product from the warehouse to your front door. In the United States, more than 95% of products purchased online are delivered by FedEx, UPS, and the United States Postal Service. FedEx is based on a 1965 term paper by Frederick Smith, an undergraduate at Yale. In his paper, which received an average grade by the way, Smith proposed an information technology system designed to process time-sensitive shipments efficiently. In August 1971, Smith founded Federal Express, with headquarters in Memphis Tennessee. Each day the company’s army performs a Herculean — not to mention mind boggling — logistics juggling act, processing and delivering more than 11.5 million packages around the globe by ground (FedEx Ground) and by air (FedEx Express). Most airfreight is sorted at the company’s massive SuperHub facility located in Memphis. Here is a look at FedEx by the numbers.

Packages delivered each day (shortly after its founding in 1971): 186

Planes in 1970s: 14

Employees in 1970s: 389

Packages delivered each day (2016): 11.5 million (4 million by air, 7.5 million by ground)

Annual revenue (May 2016): FedEx Express: $26.5 billion; FedEx Ground: $16.6 Billion

Planes: 657

Trucks: FedEx Express: 48,500; FedEx Ground: 50,000

Employees: FedEx Express: 165,000; FedEx Ground: 85,000

Drop boxes: 38,750

FedEx Office locations: 1,775

Airports used: 375

Countries Served: 220

Planes landing at SuperHub: 150 between 1:00 and 2:30 am

Packages processed at SuperHub each night: 1.4 million

Employees at SuperHub: 10,000

Empty planes flown each night: 1 (FedEx flies an empty plane, at a cost of $30,000 each day, from coast to coast, to transport packages in the event that a plane is grounded due to mechanical problems)

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