FedEx predicts record volumes in run up to Christmas



The world's largest express transportation company, FedEx Corp, is expecting to move a record-breaking 317 million shipments globally between Black Friday (November 27) and Christmas Eve – a 12.4 per cent increase compared to 2014.


The company predicts that more than 55,000 seasonal positions will have been added during peak season worldwide, including package handlers, drivers and other support positions.


With an increasingly strong European presence with more than 16,000 team members, and a fleet of over 3,000 vehicles, 39 aircraft and 327 FedEx stations located across Europe, FedEx is well positioned to handle the large volume of shipments expected to come throughout the region as the rise in e-commerce and changes in consumer purchasing behavior continues to drive volumes.


According to E-commerce Europe, 15 per cent of all individuals in the EU purchased goods and/or services through the internet from sellers outside their country of residence – an increase of 25% compared to the year before.


“We are delighted that both retailers and private consumers increasingly put their trust in FedEx at such a crucial time of year to ensure a successful holiday period, said Alain Chaillé, Vice President, Operations, Southern Europe, FedEx.


“Increases in shipment volumes year-on-year is a direct indication that our significant pre-planning, additional seasonal workers, product offering and team member commitment is appreciated by our customers.”


“We take several measures throughout the year both globally and across Europe to prepare for this busy peak season to ensure it is hassle-free for all of our customers.  In addition to investing in our network and product offering, we maintain close collaboration with our customers to understand their needs and forecast for anticipated volumes.”


FedEx begins moving low cost goods, such as Christmas ornaments, as early as July; higher value goods in September and October as retail stores begin stocking the shelves; and as the peak season moves closer, high value items are shipped, such as electronics, to retailers and consumers who place orders online.


The FedEx Express hub in Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Paris is at the heart of the Christmas operations in Europe, as the principle sorting and distribution centre in the region.  With around 300 flight movements per week, 24 hour, seven-days-per-week operations, and a sorting capacity of 61,500 documents and packages per hour, millions of FedEx deliveries are arrive in Paris from all over the world, day and night.


FedEx deploys Enhanced Vision Systems to its aircraft fleet which greatly improves pilots’ ability to land in low visibility conditions.  This, along with its team of meteorologists that monitor the weather around the clock, means that, even in challenging European weather, it is better equipped than ever to help businesses and consumers enjoy a successful holiday season.