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FedEx to merge specialty logistics, e-commerce into its forwarding arm

FedEx announced yesterday that, starting March 1, 2018, it will begin merging its speciality logistics and e-commerce services into a new structure, under the company’s freight forwarding arm, FedEx Trade Networks, Inc.

The reorganization puts the muscle of FedEx’s entire network behind the company’s global e-commerce services portfolio, which the integrator called, “an important growth driver.”

The reorganization merges the following four companies into FedEx Trade Networks:

  • FedEx Custom Critical – the company’s expedited surface and air transport service, specializing in same-day and overnight delivery of expedited freight.
  • FedEx Cross Border – an e-commerce platform that allows local merchants to offer global shipping through FedEx’s global network
  • FedEx Supply Chain – a non-asset-based third-party logistics provider with a footprint in the technology and electronics, retail and e-commerce, consumer and industrial goods, and healthcare industries.
  • FedEx Forward Depots – this is a new company with responsibility for critical inventory and service parts logistics, 3-D printing, the repair centre and FedEx’s Packaging Lab.

The scope of the four companies being merged into FedEx Trade Networks hints at the size of the expanded company.

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“This realignment under FedEx Trade Networks will allow us to offer customers the full power of our wide array of unique and competitively advantaged customized services in a way that is even more convenient and intuitive,” said Richard W. Smith, CEO, FedEx Trade Networks.


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