May 17, 2020

Inside FedEx Logistics

Supply Chain
Sean Galea-Pace
2 min
As one of the leading logistics companies worldwide, FedEx is well-regarded in the supply chain industry.
As one of the leading logistics companies worldwide, FedEx is well-regarded in the supply chain industry.

FedEx operates a portfolio of solutions; FedE...

As one of the leading logistics companies worldwide, FedEx is well-regarded in the supply chain industry.

FedEx operates a portfolio of solutions; FedEx Express, FedEx Ground, FedEx Freight, FedEx Services, FedEx Logistics and FedEx Office. The company enables businesses to access over 99% of the world’s GDP and operates in over 220 countries and territories globally. Supply Chain Digital zones in on its logistics division and finds out more about the supply chain services the firm offers. 

FedEx serves a global transportation network and offers solutions that streamlines businesses’ supply chains and increases efficiency, accuracy and cost savings. Its services specialise in ocean cargo, air cargo and order logistics. By replacing a range of channels with one global distribution command, FedEx Trade Networks integrates international freight forwarding, customs brokerage, trade and customs advisory, as well as other added-value services to create comprehensive solutions.

Focusing on delivering flexibility, reliability and reach, its transportation systems are well-equipped to help meet its customer requirements worldwide. Its international freight forwarding solutions are:

International Ocean Freight Forwarding

FedEx provides three choices for ocean freight forwarding; International Direct Economy Ocean, International Direct Priority Ocean and International DirectDistribution Ocean Solutions. Through its programme, FedEx allows ocean cargo services to connect North America, Latin America, Asia-Pacific, Europe and the Middle East together. 


International Air Freight Forwarding

By simplifying businesses supply chains, it allows for maximised transit flexibility and costs to be contained through end-to-end service support. FedEx provides efficient document preparation, comprehensive cargo insurance arrangements, unsurpassed online visibility and instant access to an entire suite of detailed international shipment transportation information and customs clearance.

Global Order Logistics

FedEx offers a comprehensive logistics solution to save businesses time and money by connecting purchase orders, supplier and transportation management. The Global Order Logistics solution integrates people, processes and technology of FedEx Trade Networks to allow for the vital elements of the international supply chain to be aligned. The solution aims to help businesses meet their business objectives and reduce costs through improving service levels and upscaling revenue. 


FedEx - at a glance:

Employees: Over 450,000

Website viewers: Approx. 65mn monthly

Average shipments each business day: 15mn

Aircraft: 686

Airports served worldwide: Over 650

Motorised vehicles: 180,000

Serving: Over 220 countries and territories.


Image: FedEx Media.


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Jun 8, 2021

DHL Claim Multi-Sector Collaboration Key to Fighting COVID

3 min
Global logistics leader DHL’s new white paper highlights what supply chain professionals have learned one year into the pandemic

Since January, global logistics leader DHL has distributed more than 200 million doses of the COVID vaccine to 120+ countries around the globe. While the US and UK recently rolled out immunisation plans to most citizens, countries with less developed infrastructure still desperately need more doses. In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which currently has one of the highest per-capita immunisation rates, the government set up storage facilities to cover domestic and international demand. But storage, as we’ve learned, is little help if you can’t transport the goods.


This is where logistics leaders such as DHL make their impact. The company built over 50 new partnerships, bilateral and multilateral, to collaborate with pharmaceutical and private sector firms. With more than 350 DHL centres pressed into service, the group operated 9,000+ flights to ship the vaccine where it needed to go. 


Public-Private Partnerships

With new pandemic knowledge, DHL just released its “Revisiting Pandemic Resilience” white paper, which examined the role of logistics and supply chain companies in handling COVID-19. As Thomas Ellman, Head of Clinical Trials Logistics at DHL, said: “The past one year has highlighted the importance of logistics and supply chain management to manage the pandemic, ensure business continuity and protect public health. It has also shown us that together we are stronger”. 


Multisector partnerships, DHL said, enabled rapid, effective vaccine distribution. While international scientists developed a vaccine in record time—five times faster than any other vaccine in history—manufacturers ramped up production and logistics teams rolled out distribution three times faster than expected. When commercial routes faced backups, logistics operators worked with military officers to transport vaccines via helicopters and boats. 


In the UAE, the public-private HOPE Consortium distributed billions of COVID-19 doses to its civilians as well as other countries in need by partnering with commercial organisations such as DHL. For the first time, apropo for an unprecedented pandemic, logistics companies made strong connections with public health and government.


“While the race against the virus continues, leveraging the power of such collaborations and data analytics will be key”, said Katja Busch, Chief Commercial Officer DHL and Head of DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation. “We need to remain prepared for high patient and vaccine volumes, maintain logistics infrastructure and capacity, while planning for seasonal fluctuations by providing a stable and well-equipped platform for the years to come”. 


How Do We Sustain Immunisation? 

By the end of 2021, experts estimate that we need approximately 10 billion doses of vaccines—many of which will be shipped to areas of the world, such as India, South Africa, and Brazil, that lack significant infrastructure. This is perhaps the greatest divide between countries that have rolled out successful immunisation programmes and those that have not. As Busch noted, “the UAE’s significant investments in creating robust air, sea, and land infrastructure facilitated logistics and vaccine distribution, helping us keep supply chains resilient”. 


Neither is the novel coronavirus a one-time affair. If predictions hold, COVID will be similar to seasonal colds or the flu: here to stay. When fall comes around each year, governments will need to vaccinate the world as quickly as possible to ensure long-term immunisation against the virus. This time, logistics companies must be better prepared. 

Yet global immunisation, year after year, is no small order. To keep reinfection rates low and slow the spread of COVID, governments will likely need 7-9 billion annual doses of the vaccine to meet that mark. And if DHL’s white paper is any judge of success, multi-sector supply chain partnerships will set the gold standard.

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