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Max Q
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Fed Ex Express

Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:08 am

Always been puzzled by this name



Fed Ex used to be just that, the name is world renown and is literally used as a verb
‘I’ll fed ex it to you’


Adding ‘Express’ to an airlines title generally is to denote it’s regional affiliate(s)


Adding it to FDX seemed redundant
and unnecessary, implying a regional
operation or a ‘faster’ available shipping
method than just ‘fed ex’


There’s no ‘UPS express’ or any other cargo carrier that adds that title


Thoughts, opinions ?
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Spacepope
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Re: Fed Ex Express

Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:13 am

FedEx Express
FedEx Ground
FedEx Freight
FedEx Custom Critical
FedEx Office......

It’s all branding

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Re: Fed Ex Express

Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:21 am

Spacepope wrote:
FedEx Express
FedEx Ground
FedEx Freight
FedEx Custom Critical
FedEx Office......

It’s all branding

Dude.


FedEx Home Delivery too.

There are days that 3 separate FedEx trucks show up at our door:

FedEx Express - Air shipments - Next Day, Second Day
FedEx Ground - shipped by ground...intra city or short distances are next day; cross country is 5 business days (about a week total)
FedEx Hume Delivery - Instead of a Monday thru Friday schedule, they are off Monday and deliver Tuesday - Saturday, usually later in the day when people are home.
 
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Re: Fed Ex Express

Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:25 am

The thing that bothers me - why not FedEx Air?

Why FedEx Express?
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Re: Fed Ex Express

Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:34 am

[*]
TheFlyingDisk wrote:
The thing that bothers me - why not FedEx Air?

Why FedEx Express?
Because if it's a short distance, it doesn't go by air.
 
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Re: Fed Ex Express

Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:36 am

Just like folks that say ATM machine. ;)
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Re: Fed Ex Express

Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:49 am

johns624 wrote:
Because if it's a short distance, it doesn't go by air.


Then it goes via FedEx Ground wouldn't it not?
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Re: Fed Ex Express

Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:51 am

So it’s fed ex express = federal express express........ mmmmm...ok
Gotta love marketing ..
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Re: Fed Ex Express

Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:52 am

Because their branding was designed by Landor and their Department of Redundancy Department.
 
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Re: Fed Ex Express

Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:52 am

TheFlyingDisk wrote:
johns624 wrote:
Because if it's a short distance, it doesn't go by air.


Then it goes via FedEx Ground wouldn't it not?


Not really, it's complicated.
 
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Re: Fed Ex Express

Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:56 am

I just like Fedex race cars, and that they offer mainline pilots 75 an hour starting out
 
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Re: Fed Ex Express

Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:10 am

As long as they keep paying the best in the aviation industry, Fred Smith can name FedEx air division whatever he likes
 
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Re: Fed Ex Express

Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:26 am

It probably has to do with the diversification and expansion into other businesses. When they bought RPS they turned it into FedEx ground. Then all the others like Kinkos into FedEx office. They are subsidiary company's of FedEx Corp. With the airline, it is probably like American Eagle... When they started using that as the brand name, the question was what to do with the actual AIRLINE called American Eagle...hence Envoy.

When Fed Ex started all the subsidiary companies, they needed a new name for the airline as the others were all FedEx. As a separate company Fed Ex could do Fed Ex air, but has been pointed out, that is not necessarily accurate as Fed Ex had a ground service under the express banner PRIOR to purchasing RPS. Its like the poster said, its keeping the strength of the brand and trying to keep everything strong under that name.
 
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Re: Fed Ex Express

Mon Apr 15, 2019 4:32 am

It's actually pretty simple. The original holding company was FDX Corporation. When it was rebranded FedEx Corporation (I think maybe in 1999) all the subsidiaries were rebranded along with it. The air subsidiary, Express, was thusly rebranded FedEx Express.
 
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Re: Fed Ex Express

Mon Apr 15, 2019 7:32 am

Max Q wrote:
Fed Ex used to be just that,

No, it used to be Federal Express.
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Max Q
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Re: Fed Ex Express

Mon Apr 15, 2019 7:52 am

flyPIT wrote:
Max Q wrote:
Fed Ex used to be just that,

No, it used to be Federal Express.



That is correct


Point is, they’ve always been referred to
as Fed Ex.


Despite opening or acquiring new divisions
or subsidiaries adding ‘express’ was and is redundant and not required to differentiate the air service they were founded on
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Re: Fed Ex Express

Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:31 am

FedEx Express is an intentional redundant name shortened from Federal Express.
 
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Re: Fed Ex Express

Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:18 pm

If FedEx and UPS ever merged to compete with Amazon Logistics, would it be "FedUPS"?
Just thinking aloud.
 
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Re: Fed Ex Express

Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:21 pm

8 year former employee here - FedEx is not a contraction or abbreviation for anything, its the official name of the company. Sure it was born of people contracting Federal Express to FedEx, but as of the mid/late 90s its been the official name, so its not redundant to say FedEx Express.

For those interested, the organization breaks down roughly like this.

FedEx - The Corporate operation which oversees the operations of the subsidiary companies.
FedEx Express - The Airline, whose operating name was shortened from Federal Express during the corporate rebranding in 1994. Aside from airfreight operations, the airline also operates a small package delivery and consolidation service that runs its own packages from customer to airport. Primarily moves consolidated small packages via ULD, some palletized large items moved at considerable expense.
FedEx Ground - The small package delivery service. Moves small package freight via a regional consol and door delivery system in the US/Canada. No palletized freight moved.
FedEx Freight - LTL/Palletized freight service delivery service, primarily delivering to commercial accounts via a hub-spoke system. No small packages moved.
FedEx Custom Critical - High spec/high risk cargo door delivery service in the US
FedEx Trade Networks - Handles customs, international pickups/deliveries and all int'l paperwork for all of the above. Also operates its own independent international FTL/LTL/FCL/LCL and air import/export operations.

All of these, with the exception of Trade Networks, are separate entities and separate companies to comply with US Antitrust regulations. FTN is a subsidiary of FedEx Express for the time being, but will likely be its own entity before long.
 
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Re: Fed Ex Express

Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:48 pm

TheFlyingDisk wrote:
johns624 wrote:
Because if it's a short distance, it doesn't go by air.


Then it goes via FedEx Ground wouldn't it not?
Nope, Ground is a completely separate division. Express means FAST.
 
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Re: Fed Ex Express

Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:07 pm

caflyboy wrote:
It probably has to do with the diversification and expansion into other businesses. When they bought RPS they turned it into FedEx ground. Then all the others like Kinkos into FedEx office. They are subsidiary company's of FedEx Corp. With the airline, it is probably like American Eagle... When they started using that as the brand name, the question was what to do with the actual AIRLINE called American Eagle...hence Envoy.

When Fed Ex started all the subsidiary companies, they needed a new name for the airline as the others were all FedEx. As a separate company Fed Ex could do Fed Ex air, but has been pointed out, that is not necessarily accurate as Fed Ex had a ground service under the express banner PRIOR to purchasing RPS. Its like the poster said, its keeping the strength of the brand and trying to keep everything strong under that name.


Don't forget Freight which was Ozark Express out of Harrison AR and the reason it keeps some EAS service to Memphis
 
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Re: Fed Ex Express

Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:40 pm

Kinda reminds me of, "The Los Angeles Angels". Which is simply, "The The Angels Angels". Of course it's branding, and I get that, but it's still funny. Much like the earlier comment about the ATM Machine.
 
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Re: Fed Ex Express

Tue Apr 16, 2019 1:47 am

WaywardMemphian wrote:

Don't forget Freight which was Ozark Express out of Harrison AR and the reason it keeps some EAS service to Memphis
It was actually American Freightways out of Harrison, AR and they later bought Watkins out of Florida.

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