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FedEx Station At ORD - Why Separate Sorting Site?

Tue Jun 12, 2007 11:20 pm

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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RE: FedEx Station At ORD - Why Separate Sorting Site?

Tue Jun 12, 2007 11:33 pm

Available space ?

Costs ?

Already pre-sorted at previous hub ?,
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RE: FedEx Station At ORD - Why Separate Sorting Site?

Tue Jun 12, 2007 11:36 pm

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.
 
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RE: FedEx Station At ORD - Why Separate Sorting Site?

Wed Jun 13, 2007 9:25 am

I would guess just the lack of available space, plain and simple. Also note we have 2 different ramps as well.
 
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RE: FedEx Station At ORD - Why Separate Sorting Site?

Wed Jun 13, 2007 9:26 am

I would guess just the lack of available space, plain and simple. Also note we have 2 different ramps as well.
 
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RE: FedEx Station At ORD - Why Separate Sorting Site?

Wed Jun 13, 2007 1:25 pm

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.
 
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RE: FedEx Station At ORD - Why Separate Sorting Site?

Wed Jun 13, 2007 4:38 pm

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

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RE: FedEx Station At ORD - Why Separate Sorting Site?

Wed Jun 13, 2007 7:51 pm

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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