Monday, July 28, 2014
Jun 232014Imagine a robotic vacuum cleaner that responds to your voice. Or “smart bandages” that use electrodes to help heal wounds and monitor healing. Or even entire smart cities that “know” to dim streetlights by sensing when sidewalks are empty.
Sound like science fiction? All are either in place now or will be before long. A recent FedEx conference led by our Innovation Team explored these and a host of related topics...
Jun 022014Many healthcare shippers ask us at FedEx Express whether our cold chain transportation solutions are validated.
Validation means that processes will lead to consistent, reproducible results under highly controlled environmental conditions. However, in the shipping industry, transportation providers cannot control every factor during transport due to external variables (weather, capacity constraints, mechanical failures, missed connections, clearance delays, etc.). So in transportation, we are really talking about qualification rather than validation, and while it is not possible to validate transportation processes, they can in fact be qualified...
May 292014International trade is ever-changing. Billions of products are bought and sold daily and markets emerge in the blink of an eye. It is a complex industry that can open a whole new world of opportunities for the smallest of countries.
We’ve been hearing a lot about trade facilitation after The World Trade Organization (WTO) international trade pact known as the “Bali package” launched. The recent changes noted in the Bali package indicate that all WTO’s 159 member nations will move to handle trade facilitation the same way. So how does this package benefit importers, exporters, companies and commerce? It’s all about moving products beyond the borders. The WTO is working to reduce customs delays, streamline shipments and improve trade with developing countries. Companies of all sizes are shipping more and they’re shipping all over the world...
May 212014At FedEx we see the results of choke points in global trade every day – when protectionist policies create bottlenecks of red tape that end up strangling cross- border trade. Whether you order a product as a consumer or run a business, the experience of trading internationally runs headlong into cumbersome and outdated rules and regulations.
It’s a complex problem with a specific set of solutions.
First, nations need to unleash the full potential of the internet to create new trade. Time has long past to harmonize procedures for customs regulations and to allow online filing of electronic documents. The US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement...
May 202014Meet the FedEx Space Solutions team. We’re going where no logistics company has gone before!
For the first time, there are FedEx packages flying even higher than our planes can take them.
FedEx® Space Solutions, launched today, is a turn-key shipping solution for the space industry. Whether a package is headed to a launch site or beyond, FedEx experts can work with space customers to design a plan for moving their sensitive materials safely and quickly...
Apr 092014Starting this April, huge Boeing 777 cargo aircraft will begin streaming in and out of Indianapolis four nights a week coming from the new FedEx Express hub in Osaka, Japan. Locating our FedEx North Pacific Regional Hub on the western edge of Japan is partly due to a combination of geography, flight optimization, package consolidation, and something the Kansai International Airport (KIX) shares with the Indianapolis International Airport (IND) – they are open for business 24/7. So is the U.S. economy.
Global gateways, like the Indy Hub, are essential to keep today’s customers and suppliers throughout America competitive in the world economy. US exports to Asia have been steadily increasing...
Mar 172014By now, most of us have adopted social media as an integral part of our daily lives. I, for one, knew that the world had changed the day that my grandmother sent me a text about my recent Facebook status update, from halfway around the world. Now, that is a connected planet! We may not be a member of everything, but we have our Facebook friends, our Twitter and Instagram followers, our LinkedIn connections, and so on… So now what?
One of the prevailing messages at SXSW Interactive this year centered around taking this hyper connected world that we’ve created – and doing something good.
Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter, asked in one session, “What is the true promise of our connected society? It should be people helping each other.”
Mar 062014What do haute couture clothes have in common with medical equipment and aircraft technology? Any guesses?
On the face of it very little. However, at a closer look you’ll see that all of the above objects are critical.
By critical shipments I mean high value, extremely time or temperature sensitive, or even irreplaceable objects – making it imperative that their location and temperature is known at all times...
Feb 202014On 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.
Feb 142014Venturing into uncharted export markets can be a journey into the unknown for many Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). That is what relatively few actually dare to make that bold step. Customs regulations can at first seem a little daunting.
However, we are seeing a growing number of SMEs in the aeronautical, high tech and luxury industries, in particular, that are interested in exporting in order to capitalize on growth markets.
As I come into daily contact with SMEs in my job I have noticed that they ask recurring questions...