FedEx Ground has expanded its US operations to six days a week in response to growing demand ahead of the holiday season.
The parcel delivery company cites the rapid growth of e-commerce as a primary factor behind the decision.
Raj Subramaniam, executive vice president and chief marketing and communications officer of FedEx, and a fan of complex sentences, said: “FedEx anticipated early on that the growth of e-commerce would significantly increase demand throughout our network, and we underwent a transformation by opening new facilities and investing in highly-advanced technology and innovations that have resulted in the most automated network in the industry, delivering the speed and reliability our customers value highly.”
He added: “The rise in demand for e-commerce goes beyond peak. It’s a year-round phenomenon and we are ready to meet that demand. FedEx Ground has operated six- and seven-day operations during the holidays for several years as e-commerce has grown, and thanks to strategic investments in our network, we are now well-positioned to operate six days a week in the U.S. all year to best serve the rapidly growing demand.”
FedEx currently has more than 425,000 employees and expects to hire a record 55,000 for the peak holiday season, as well as increasing hours.