Thursday, September 18, 2014
“What will the city of the future look like?” “What use can an angular section of glass tubing be put to?” or “Who’s going to look after us when we’re old?" These were just some of the questions discussed a few weeks ago at the International Women’s Forum (iwf) in the German capital city, Berlin. “Innovation” was the main theme of the conference, which was...
Aug 122014Have you ever heard of “mode shift” in the shipping context?
It refers to the change in the type of transportation used to move your shipments around. Mode shift is a trend that is often on the agenda at transportation conferences as many shippers choose ocean freight forwarding rather than air cargo freight for intercontinental transportation. The decrease in international air freight market share has been illustrated by FedEx Chairman Fred Smith at various events (see attached picture). While selecting ocean transportation might make sense for the majority of goods for economic reasons, one could wonder whether shipping more high value healthcare products by sea is similarly justified.
Consultant data suggests...
Aug 082014Jack Muhs, the new president and CEO of FedEx Trade Networks, has been on the job since February 2014. A veteran of FedEx Express operations for 27 years, Muhs brings a wealth of international experience to an operating company on the fast track. We caught up with him in his Memphis office to get his thoughts on his new responsibilities.
Aug 052014This post originally appeared on Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Center for Aviation & Aerospace Leadership blog:
Organizations constantly seek to increase quality, productivity and efficiency. When deployed effectively, technology helps us eliminate wasted time and materials, increases efficiency, and improves service.
While incorporating technology into our operations is one of our biggest opportunities as leaders, it also presents one of our biggest challenges. Having the latest technological programs and gadgets at our disposal doesn’t do much for our operations if we’re not adequately prepared to make use of them. If our processes are outdated and full of inefficiency, redundancy and sometimes even counterproductive activity, technology may illuminate the situation but it certainly cannot resolve it.
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...