Turning a spotlight on healthcare

FedEx_healthcare-boxes_in_hospital.jpg On a clear Pacific evening a few years ago, a fully laden FedEx plane winged its way from the US to Taiwan overnight. Inside one of the many shipments on board was a precious item – a pacemaker destined for a major hospital in Taipei. It wasn’t just a delivery. It was a life saving connection. For doctors and a critically ill heart patient, a device made half way around the world, and delivered in just one night, helped save his life. Today, the possibilities are even greater. Spine tingling, in fact.

Get ready for the (next) Asian trade revolution

Picture_1.jpg.jpeg When I moved to Asia in 1994, the most common shipment was electronics.

Think big and expensive. The first, mass-produced PCs were spreading like wildfire, and innovations like the “personal communicator” – dubbed “bricks” due to their size and weight – were starting to take off.

I vividly remember those days. Around five years earlier, I’d been involved in the FedEx purchase of Asia’s Flying Tigers airlines, which as far back as the 1940s was known by its tagline – “We haul anything anywhere.” It was a critical acquisition for us because it gave us the air rights and the authority to connect Asia globally.

But there was a much different tiger on the scene by the time...

Is e-commerce good for all small businesses?

FedEx Quick Form_v5_7OCT13.jpg.jpeg There’s a saying in business that goes something like: “Not all business is good business.”

And the same is true for e-commerce.

While e-commerce is now the largest driving force in the global economy, it comes with warning signs.

Asia might have the most e-commerce “ready” markets in the world – China, Japan, South Korea and Singapore all rank in the top 10 biggest market opportunities– but scratch the surface and securing a foothold in these markets is not easy.

Trade, FedEx & the APEC CEO Summit

...For FedEx, one of the key issues is how we help Asia grow faster by simplifying e-commerce trade. In this regard, how we better empower small and medium-sized businesses is crucial.

While Asia Pacific is the fastest growing e-commerce market in the world, it’s thought that SMEs still only generate around 30% of all exports.

Much of the hesitation comes from the daunting nature of export regulations, and rising complexity of customs. Now, more than ever, small business needs a level playing field that enables them to tap into the billions of people entering Asia’s new global middle class...

Ethics in Action

FedEx Cares PH 2011-sq.jpg When we think about “business leadership”, the first words that often spring to mind are “vision” or “innovation”.

Seldom do the words “ethics” or “ethical” automatically top the list. But they must.

Just as the world is changing, so too is our notion of leadership. And it’s exactly the characteristics that we most value in human beings – respect, responsibility, integrity or compassion – that must become intrinsically connected with leadership...