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FedEx Station At ORD - Why Separate Sorting Site?  
User currently offlineN328KF From United States of America, joined May 2004, 6484 posts, RR: 3
Posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3719 times:

Anyone from the ORD area knows that FX has its air terminal on the south side of the airport. However, the sorting facility is several miles away in Hillside (though it's mostly a straight shot down Mannheim Road.)

Anyone know why FX has their facility divided like this? It seems contrary to their M.O., since they need an extra shipping step as a result.


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User currently offlineCV580Freak From Bahrain, joined Jul 2005, 1033 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3704 times:

Available space ?

Costs ?

Already pre-sorted at previous hub ?,



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User currently offlineXJETFlyer From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 326 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3695 times:

Could have been as simple as cheaper land and building cost. I'm sure there is a good reason behind it. FEDEX has done well with their design and continue to upgrade areas all the time.

User currently offlineCosmicCruiser From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2255 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3530 times:

I would guess just the lack of available space, plain and simple. Also note we have 2 different ramps as well.

User currently offlineCosmicCruiser From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2255 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3526 times:

I would guess just the lack of available space, plain and simple. Also note we have 2 different ramps as well.

User currently offlineTedex From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 149 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3419 times:

Probably less expensive land off the airport. Also, I don't know the details of the FedEx Ground network but I did track a recent FedEx "express" shipment that didn't travel via air but did go through a suburban FedEx facility. I guess it makes sense for sorting to be done off the airport if there are facilities to do it and it ends of being more cost effective.

User currently offlineSailorOrion From Germany, joined Feb 2001, 2058 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3354 times:

Maybe that'll change once the new FedEx Cargo building is finished?

SailorOrion


User currently offlineMemphis From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 143 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3324 times:

FedEx Express and FedEx Ground are TWO totally different operating companies, and for the most part, if not always; Express boxes go on Express vehicles and Ground boxes on Ground vehicles. My understanding . . . much of an inbound FX aircraft's freight has indeed been sorted down to the respective stations, where once at the station, they sort it down to the individual courier trucks/vans.


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