For everyone who has ever had to mail a package or receive an order through mail at some point in their lives (literally everyone, in short), FedEx is a reliable and go-to option, right along the other giants such as the USPS or DHL. Not only is FedEx one of the market leaders in express delivery and long distance postal service, both in the country and abroad, but it has also become more or less an integrative part of popular culture and the American way of life. In this post, we will take a detailed look into the FedEx express delivery service and see how it came to be, as well as what the service has grown into today. You will also be able to find extra details here for your interests as a FedEx express delivery customer: its hours, services, extra offers, delivery times, how to track your FedEx express delivery order and so on. Let us begin.
The FedEx Company History and FedEx in Present Times
The Federal Express Corporation was founded in 1971 by Fred Smith, a visionary that had a brilliant idea while studying at Yale. While being a student there, he submitted a paper in which he argued that in today’s world, time not only meant money more than ever before, but could actually be more valuable than mere money. That’s when he also got the idea for a Federal Express delivery service, even though he only got round to implementing it a few years later, in 1971. In the paper, Fred Smith argued that a carrier operation would be much more effective if the carriers made their way to a central station where the freight would be sorted and organized first, and only then proceed to distribute said freight. The cute detail of the story is that the professor to which he submitted the paper is rumoured to have graded it with only a ‘C’ and to disagree with the brilliant student’s idea. Nevertheless, Fred Smith held on to it and later developed what would become one of the largest delivery express corporations today.
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Today, FedEx Express is the continuation of that initial corporation, and a branch of the larger FedEx Corporation. It functions as a cargo airline and manages to distribute freight and parcels to more than 375 destinations all over the world, daily. Originally, FedEx Express delivery was only meant as an overnight delivery service for the U.S, making sure packages reached their intended destinations on the next day since they were sent, no matter the distance. In time however, and especially since airplane technology improved and, consequently, the FedEx express delivery times were able to be improved as well, leading the company to greatly expand its operations abroad.
FedEx Express Delivery Service 101 and FAQs
If you send a package with a FedEx express delivery service or you opt for your online order to be delivered by them, there are a few other options to choose from, depending on how great your hurry is. These are the main FedEx delivery programs you can opt for:
- FedEx Priority Overnight – with this service, your package reaches its destination by 10.30 A.M, at least for the vast majority of U.S. addresses.
- FedEx Standard Overnight delivery – this service is a little less expensive and good for when you have a bit more time to wait. With this option, the FedEx Express delivery time is by 3 P.M for the vast majority of addresses, and by 8 P.M at the most for residences.
- FedEx Express Saver – this option gets the package to its destination in 3 business days at the most.
- FedEx Home Delivery – this option doesn’t have a strict deadline, and will instead depend just on the distance to the destination.
Many customers are asking themselves what to choose from FedEx Home Delivery vs. Express Saver, if they need to get something delivered on a budget. The answer is that it depends greatly on the distance from the initial send-off point to the destination point. If your distance is shorter than, say, 500 miles, then it’s better to choose Home Delivery, since your package will very probably be shorter than 3 business days anyway. If your distance is greater, then in the debate of FedEx Express Saver vs. Home Delivery, Express Saver wins. The FedEx Express Saver delivery time is guaranteed to be under 3 business days, so you won’t have to wait for a week no matter how long the parcel needs to travel to get to you.
Also, you may ask yourself: ? The good news is that yes, FedEx Express Saturday delivery is indeed an option. There’s actually quite a range of Saturday delivery services offered by FedEx, including pick-offs and drop-offs. You can have a look here to see more on what they offer on Saturdays.