posts tagged with Transportation

Mode Shift in Freight Transportation

master_dm_13_005_00_03_07_088_160-110-3-modif.jpg Have 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...

Report: EMBARQ Brazil’s FedEx Fellow 2.5 Years Later

Magdala Satt Arioli_EMBARQ Brazil-sq.jpg This is the first in a series of three guest blog posts from FedEx-EMBARQ Transportation Fellows. This month we will hear from Magdala Satt Arioli from EMBARQ Brazil.

In November of 2011 I had the unique opportunity to be immersed in the FedEx “world”. As a FedEx-EMBARQ Transportation Fellow I received training in different areas of knowledge such as leadership, vehicles and fuel technologies, and asset management among other topics. The Fellowship program was a great experience that provided great depth of knowledge in many technical areas and helped develop and strengthen relationships between EMBARQ and FedEx staff.

Because I participated in the FedEx-EMBARQ Fellowship program, when I returned to Brazil I was selected to work on the Sustainable Urban Transportation Fuels and Vehicles Program (SUTFV). This is a research program that aims to develop practical tools to help cities make informed decisions about their vehicles and fuels selection...

FedEx Trucks, Honking Horns and 900 students - FedEx Delivers Careers on Wheels to Snyder Elementary

IMG_0814.JPG_.jpeg What do you get when you put 900 students and several big FedEx trucks together? A lot of fun and lessons about the transportation industry.

As a pickup and delivery manager for FedEx Ground in Las Vegas, I have the opportunity to support many community projects. So, when Snyder Elementary asked FedEx to be part of its Careers on Wheels day, we were ready to make an important delivery: education.

What in the world is “telematics”?: My baptism into the world of sustainable transportation

FedEx Fellows by truck 2.jpg.jpeg A few months ago, I began working with some of our sustainable transportation initiatives at FedEx – a new area for me. One of my first tasks was to put together a weeklong training event where FedEx would share our insights, knowledge and expertise with EMBARQ, one of the world’s leading sustainable transportation nonprofit organizations.

The program was called the FedEx Fellows program. It was designed to expose leaders from EMBARQ affiliates in India, Brazil and Mexico to many facets of FedEx operations including fuel technologies, routing design, vehicle purchasing, maintenance planning, telematics and other areas.

These are definitely not my areas of expertise! When I saw “telematics” on the list...

How to Design the Future of Transportation: The Story of EMBARQ in India

CSR_0458.jpg There are over 1.2 billion people in India. Each of them living in a world that becomes more complex and demanding every day. India is experiencing explosive growth, which requires people to be more mobile than ever, often commuting long distances every day for a job or family obligations. This newfound prosperity is contributing to a boom in personal car sales.

Each new car adds to the already congested infrastructure of roads, and more cars on the road means deteriorating air quality, longer commute times, and higher rates of traffic fatalities.

EMBARQ is addressing this problem head-on...