Fed Ex Corporation: A Glimpse Before And Beyond

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Today's FedEx is led by FedEx Corporation, which provides strategic direction and consolidated financial reporting for six independent operating companies that compete collectively under the FedEx name worldwide: FedEx Express, FedEx Ground, FedEx Freight, FedEx Custom Critical, FedEx Trade Networks and FedEx Services.Originally called FDX Corp., FedEx Corp. was formed in January 1998 with the acquisition of Caliber System Inc. Through this and future purchases, FedEx sought to build on the strength of its famous express delivery service and create a more diversified company that included a portfolio of different but related businesses. Caliber subsidiaries included RPS, a small-package ground service; Roberts Express, an expedited, exclusive-use shipping provider; Viking Freight, a regional, less-than-truckload (LTL) freight carrier serving the Western U.S.; Caribbean Transportation Services, a provider of airfreight forwarding between the U.S., Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean Islands; and Caliber Logistics and Caliber Technology, providers of integrated logistics and technology solutions. These companies, along with worldwide express shipping provider Federal Express, composed the original FDX Corp.Over the next two years FDX Corp. oversaw the assimilation of these companies and introduced them to many trademark service and technology enhancements.In January 2000, FedEx unleashed the power of its global brand. In a move to further integrate the company's portfolio of services, FDX Corp. was renamed FedEx Corporation. In addition, Federal Express became FedEx Express, RPS became FedEx Ground, Roberts Express became FedEx Custom Critical, and Caliber Logistics and Caliber Technology were combined to make up FedEx Global Logistics. To centralize the sales, marketing, customer service and information technology support for FedEx Express and FedEx Ground, a new subsidiary named FedEx Corporate Services (FedEx Services) was formed and began operations in June 2000.Over the next year, a number of acquisitions and realignments changed the size and scope of various FedEx operating companies. The first move was a new subsidiary, just one month after the re-branding announcement. In February 2000, FedEx Corp. announced the acquisition of Tower Group International, a leader in the business of international logistics and trade information technology. TowerGroup became the foundation of a new FedEx Corp. subsidiary, FedEx Trade Networks, which in turn acquired WorldTariff, a customs duty and tax information company, a month later. Today, FedEx Trade Networks is the largest-volume customs entry filer in North America and a leader in global ocean & air cargo distribution and trade facilitation.In January 2001, FedEx Global Logistics was realigned to streamline the organization and further improve customer service. FedEx Supply Chain Services became part of FedEx Services and Caribbean Transportation Services became part of FedEx Trade...

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