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FedEx Safety Focus Forges Forward

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March 15, 2017 – For FedEx drivers, contracted service providers and couriers, the message of “Safety Above All” reinforces the company’s continued commitment to promoting safety as its number one priority.

Beginning in late March, FedEx drivers will bring that commitment to safety to the annual truck driving championships in all 50 states, with champions advancing to the American Trucking Associations’ National Truck Driving Championships and National Step Van Driving Championships (NTDC & NSVDC) August 8-12.

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FedEx Express Expands First Overnight To More Than 4,400 Zip Codes

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MEMPHIS, Tenn., March 9, 2017—FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) announced it has expanded its FedEx First Overnight® service to more than 4,400 zip codes across the U.S. With this expansion, the service now reaches more than 32,000 zip codes for next-business day delivery, representing 92 percent of the business population in the U.S.

“The expansion of FedEx First Overnight will help us continue to meet the growing demand of business-to-business customers requiring timely, next-day early delivery,” said David Payton, vice president of marketing at FedEx Services. “Whether it’s a healthcare company planning for an early morning surgery or a manufacturing facility in need of a critical component to prevent downtime, our customers value speed, security and visibility, which FedEx First Overnight provides, making it easier for them to focus on managing their business.”

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FedEx Launches 5th Annual Small Business Grant Contest

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MEMPHIS, Tenn., February 21, 2017 — FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) today announced that it will launch its 5th annual Small Business Grant Contest on February 21, 2017. This year, the contest offers grants and services to ten small businesses, distributing a collective prize pool of $120,500—the largest sum since the contest’s inception. Included in the sum, this year the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest is not only awarding grants, but the winners will also receive an additional dollar amount in credit to use towards FedEx Office print and business services to help run their business.

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FedEx Express to deliver two pandas to Canadian zoos

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FedEx Express is helping give two giant pandas a good home.

The pandas — Er Shun, a five-year-old female, and Da Mao, a four-year-old male – are traveling from Chengdu, China to Toronto using a dedicated charter flight on an MD-11F. The aircraft is named the FedEx Panda Express.

Animal care experts from both China and Canada have been granted special flight privileges to accompany the pandas on the aircraft. The pandas are scheduled to arrive in Canada in spring.

Er Shun and Da Mao will spend five years at the Toronto Zoo, followed immediately by another five years at the Calgary Zoo in Alberta. This marks the first time in 20 years that giant pandas have been loaned to a Canadian zoo.

Conservationists estimate that around 2,000 giant pandas remain in the wild.

The Memphis Zoo in Tennessee will feed the pandas. Bamboo harvested locally by the Memphis Zoo provides food for its own giant pandas and will be delivered to the Toronto Zoo via FedEx Express two to three times per week. Memphis Zoo horticulture team members will cut roughly 700 pounds of bamboo per shipment and immediately refrigerate the stalks to keep them fresh. FedEx will then collect the bamboo and fly the stalks to Toronto.

Adult giant pandas eat an average of 100 pounds of bamboo per day.

This upcoming panda shipment is the sixth flight of the FedEx Panda Express. The first was in 2000.

FedEx Completes Acquisition of Watkins Motor Lines

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Addition of Long-Haul Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) Units Expands Heavyweight Service Portfolio for Customers
FedEx completes acquisition of the LTL operations of Watkins Motor Lines and certain affiliates creating FedEx National LTL and FedEx Freight Canada.

FedEx Corp. announced it has completed the $780 million cash purchase of the LTL operations of Watkins Motor Lines and certain affiliates. A privately held company based in Lakeland, Fla., Watkins Motor Lines is a leading provider of long-haul LTL services with more than $1 billion in annual revenue.
The operations of Watkins Motor Lines and Watkins Canada Express, Watkins’ LTL carrier in Canada, which together include more than 140 service centers and more than 14,000 tractors and trailers, will be re-branded FedEx National LTL and FedEx Freight Canada, respectively. Re-branding of both operations will begin immediately.

“These strategic additions to the FedEx portfolio offer more flexibility and greater value to shippers in the less-than-truckload sector,” said Frederick W. Smith, chairman, president and chief executive officer of FedEx Corp. “FedEx Freight, FedEx National LTL and FedEx Freight Canada create a reliable, single-source provider of one- and two-day regional as well as long-haul LTL services that customers have been requesting.” Other benefits customers will enjoy include easy access to bundled transportation solutions available with other FedEx operating companies, specifically FedEx Express and FedEx Ground.

FedEx National LTL and FedEx Freight Canada each operate as a separate network within the FedEx Freight segment, which also includes FedEx Freight, FedEx Custom Critical and Caribbean Transportation Services. More than 470 service centers comprise the FedEx Freight, FedEx National LTL, and FedEx Freight Canada networks. The companies will operate nearly 54,000 tractors and trailers to meet customers’ regional and long-haul LTL needs.

“FedEx National LTL and FedEx Freight Canada will provide the certainty and reliability of service that customers have come to expect from FedEx Freight,” said Douglas G. Duncan, president and chief executive officer of FedEx Freight. “As integration moves forward, FedEx National LTL will strengthen its focus on providing core long-haul services, while FedEx Freight Canada begins identifying service enhancement opportunities as we work together to grow our LTL market share throughout North America.”

With a workforce of nearly 9,000, FedEx National LTL will benefit from Watkins’ rich heritage in the transportation industry and a strong workplace culture similar to that of FedEx. “Over the years, Watkins’ teams have earned a stellar reputation for professionalism and dedication to customer service,” added Duncan. “They share these customer-focused priorities with an engaged FedEx workforce, a factor that will facilitate a smooth integration process, help grow our business and guide our company toward an even brighter future.”

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FedEx to Acquire Polish Shipping Company Opek Sp.z o.o.

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Acquisition Will Give Access to Nationwide Domestic Ground Network, Grow FedEx Business in Europe

MEMPHIS, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) announced today that it signed an agreement to acquire the Polish courier company Opek Sp.z o.o. (Opek), the latest step in its strategy for growth in Europe.
This acquisition will give its FedEx Express business unit access to a nationwide domestic ground network with an estimated $70 million in annual revenue and 12.5 million shipments annually. FedEx expects that this transaction will most likely close in the summer 2012, after necessary regulatory approvals and subject to customary conditions. The acquisition of Opek will supplement the FedEx Express service portfolio in Poland and continue its European expansion through smart, strategic investments.

“In recent years, we have made significant investments throughout Europe, greatly expanding our network coverage and improving service to customers,” said Frederick W. Smith, chairman, president and chief executive officer of FedEx Corp. “Our presence in Europe is backed by strong leadership and management and dedicated team members. We have an excellent strategy that has steadily advanced our position in the region, and we are well positioned for profitable growth as we increase the number of direct-served locations in Europe.”

FedEx Express broadened its European network in 2006 by purchasing ANC Holdings Limited, a UK domestic express transportation company. In 2007, FedEx Express began its wholly-owned operation in Hungary after acquiring its service provider, Flying Cargo Hungary Kft.

In 2010, FedEx Express relocated its Central and Eastern European hub from Frankfurt to a new state-of-the-art hub in Cologne, Germany and in 2009 expanded its European hub at Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris, France, making it the largest FedEx hub outside the United States.

So far in fiscal 2012, FedEx Express has opened 26 new stations across France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Northern Ireland and Sweden. In addition, FedEx Trade Networks has greatly expanded its presence in Europe, adding 22 locations in recent years to complement the portfolio of express services.
Opek, a family-owned company, was founded in 1994 and has built a well-established network which covers the entire country. Opek operates an automated hub in Lomianki, near Warsaw, and additional hubs in Lodz and Katowice. In total, the company operates 44 stations throughout Poland. More than 1,200 employees work for Opek and the company engages more than 1,300 contracted drivers.

“The acquisition delivers an excellent extension to the current service portfolios of both companies and puts us in an even better position to jointly meet the growing needs of our customers,” said Gerald P. Leary, president, FedEx Express Europe, Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and Africa. “Our two companies represent a strategic fit with a common commitment to enhance the service we can offer Polish businesses, invest in our people and positively impact our communities as good corporate citizens.”

”This agreement with FedEx is a result of many years of dedication by Opek workers to outstanding customer service,” said Marek Opinski, general director, Opek. “We know our employees and couriers will be proud to be part of the team at FedEx, which is one of the world’s most admired companies and is also known as a great place to work.”

FedEx entered the Polish market in 1989 and has been continuously expanding its range of international shipping services since. In 2004, the company established a regular flight connection between Warsaw and Paris. A year later, FedEx opened its own branch stations at the Katowice and Warsaw Airports. With the launch of the FedEx International Economy service in 2009, the company expanded its service range to offer an economic alternative for less urgent shipments. Most recently, FedEx launched a flight from Katowice to the FedEx European hub in Paris in 2011. FedEx Express currently employs approximately 120 team members in Poland.

About FedEx Express
FedEx Express is the world’s largest express transportation company, providing fast and reliable delivery to more than 220 countries and territories. FedEx Express uses a global air-and-ground network to speed delivery of time-sensitive shipments, by a definite time and date with a money-back guarantee.

About FedEx Corp.
FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of $42 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world’s most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 300,000 team members to remain “absolutely, positively” focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. For more information, visit news.fedex.com.

Shipping FedEx Envelopes is Now Carbon-Neutral

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At No Extra Charge to the Customer, FedEx Express Offsets Carbon Dioxide Emissions from FedEx Envelope Shipments Globally

MEMPHIS, Tenn., April 10, 2012—The iconic FedEx Envelope, which is already made from 100% recycled content and is 100% recyclable, is getting another environmentally-friendly boost today.  FedEx Express, an operating company of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX), is launching a carbon-neutral shipping program for its most widely-used packaging solution for document shipping, making it the first global express transportation company to offer carbon-neutral envelope shipping at no extra charge to the customer.

FedEx Express will make an investment in global projects that displace or sequester greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere, neutralizing the impacts of the carbon emissions emitted during the shipment of all FedEx Envelopes around the world.  The commitment supports EarthSmart® — FedEx solutions for a more sustainable world.

“FedEx is continuously seeking new solutions for our customers’ logistics challenges and the same is true for the challenges facing our planet,” said Rajesh Subramaniam, senior vice president, Global Marketing, FedEx Services.  “By making FedEx Envelope’s shipping carbon-neutral, we are extending our support for renewable energy solutions—innovations today that we hope will be standards in the future.”

Through the carbon-neutral FedEx Envelope shipping program, FedEx Express will calculate on an annual basis the tons of carbon dioxide released through the shipment of all global FedEx Envelopes.   FedEx Express will purchase the equivalent amount of carbon dioxide offsets from the not-for-profit BP Target Neutral, which will neutralize the equivalent amount of CO2 emissions by investing in low carbon development or conservation projects.  These projects include a biogas farm facility in the Netherlands, a reforestation project in the Tanzanian Southern Highlands that is converting degraded grassland to commercial forest, and a landfill gas collection system at Thailand’s first sanitary landfill.

“FedEx has invested in technologies to directly reduce greenhouse gases from our greatest sources—planes, trucks and facilities—and, as a result, we are well on our way to meeting ambitious emission reduction goals,” said Mitch Jackson, staff vice president, Environmental Affairs and Sustainability, FedEx Corp.  “The carbon neutral program for the FedEx Envelope allows us to further contribute to minimizing the effects of greenhouse gas emissions from our operations by providing more sustainable options for our customers.”

In 2008, FedEx became the first company in the U.S. transportation industry to set a global aviation reduction CO2 goal and a commercial vehicle fuel efficiency fleet goal.  By the end of FY2011, aircraft carbon dioxide emissions had declined by 13.8 percent compared to 2005 levels.  FedEx Express has improved total fleet miles per gallon within the U.S. by more than 16 percent since 2005.  In addition, FedEx has six solar installations with a capacity of more than 6 megawatts of clean, renewable energy.

The carbon neutral program extends to all FedEx Envelope shipping options, including FedEx First Overnight®, FedEx Priority Overnight®, FedEx Standard Overnight®, FedEx 2Day®, FedEx Economy 2Day® A.M. and FedEx Express Saver®.   More than 200 million FedEx Envelopes are shipped around the world every year.

FedEx Trade Networks Opens In Phoenix, St. Louis and Milwaukee

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New Offices Strengthen Company’s Infrastructure to Provide Freight Forwarding Solutions for Growing Customer Base

MEMPHIS, Tenn., March 27, 2012—FedEx Trade Networks, the freight forwarding arm of global shipping giant FedEx Corp.(NYSE: FDX), today announced the opening of three new U.S. offices as part of its ongoing expansion initiative. The new freight forwarding and customs brokerage operations are located in Phoenix, Ariz.; St. Louis, Mo.; and Milwaukee, Wis.

“Launching operations in these new markets strengthens our infrastructure and provides us with enhanced coverage to meet our customers’ evolving needs. By increasing our U.S. office network, we can continue to offer customers a wider variety of solutions and routing options to fit their international freight forwarding and customs brokerage supply chains,” said Andy Henry, vice president of U.S. Operations for FedEx Express Networks. “Opening additional U.S. offices is also a key component of our ongoing global expansion. Over the last few years, we have established operations in some of the world’s most significant freight forwarding markets to support our growing customer base.”

FedEx Express Networks continues its aggressive global expansion with the launch of the new Phoenix, St. Louis and Milwaukee operations. Since 2008, the company has opened a total of 50 new offices throughout the U.S., Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Indian-subcontinent, Africa and Latin America, in addition to its more than 70 existing locations in the U.S. and Canada. FedEx Trade Networks is also upgrading and expanding existing facilities to handle increasing customer volumes.
The new U.S. offices offer a full suite of FedEx Trade Networks air and ocean freight forwarding and customs brokerage solutions. Customers will benefit from the company’s ability to build innovative, end-to-end solutions with its wide range of freight forwarding options, including value-added services such as online shipment visibility with My Global Trade Data, purchase order management via Global Order Logistics, surface transportation, warehousing, distribution and a variety of multimodal services.  Each office is also staffed with logistics professionals who are experienced in the industry and knowledgeable about the local market to provide exceptional service to the company’s customers.
 
About FedEx Trade Networks
FedEx Trade Networks, and its predecessor companies, have more than 100 years of experience in international trade.  The company’s advanced technology and network of worldwide locations and alliances enables it to provide comprehensive ocean and air international freight forwarding, customs brokerage, Global Order Logistics, distribution and surface transportation, trade advisory services, and advanced e-commerce and trade facilitation solutions.  FedEx Trade Networks has the resources and support to help customers of all sizes navigate the intricacies of shipping goods globally.