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A New Year’s Resolution: Lose the Bulk

January 20, 2009

“Many people look forward to the new year for a new start on old habits.”  – Author Unknown

Everyone who has ever made a New Year’s resolution to slim down, raise your hand.  Losing weight is one of the most common resolutions every new year. But how about losing bulk?  That’s a way to make the environment healthier. Let me explain.

For years now, FedEx has had a mechanism to encourage FedEx Express and FedEx Ground customers to be environmentally sensitive in packaging their shipments. It’s called “dimensional weight.”  Here’s how it works. When a shipment weighs relatively little in comparison to the volume of the packaging, a dimensional weight is calculated that takes the box size into consideration. The shipping rate is then based upon the greater of the two – either the actual weight or the dimensional weight.  Why? Because we have limited space in our vehicles and aircraft, and we want to maximize the payload-carrying capacity of them. It is far better to transport many tightly packed products rather than few products surrounded by lots of empty space inside their packages.

This approach hits a sweet spot of sustainability because it increases the number of packages each vehicle or aircraft carries. This, in turn, reduces the emissions generated per shipped package. And by slimming down the bulk of their packages, shippers reduce their transportation costs and improve their own environmental performance by consuming fewer packaging materials.

So, here’s to a New Year’s resolution that’s not so new: lose the bulk.


Comments

    Brent Pinsent(CA YOWA) says:

    Slimming down packaging to improve overall efficiency is a great idea both for the customer as well as Fedex. Our reusable letter is also a great win-win for both parties . What about all of our packaging to follow suit in reusability. these could be targeted at specific shippers that we know will reuse them on a constant basis,thus reducing overall costs for Fedex as well as freeing up space at our customers locations.just a thought.

    I couldn’t agree more. There have been so many times I’ve ordered something online and received it in a wasteful amount of packaging. In addition to what the blog stated, too much packaging can also be a risk to the package itself, because it can make the package weaker.

    Peter Owen says:

    Clear communication of this fact to the customer is critical. As a consumer/shipper, I definitely want to know (especially in these times) what could potentially save me (fedex and the environment) money. I think it’s a great idea.

    Janet Drefahl says:

    I was with friends when the new FedEx commercial about blizzard Tuesday came on. Without my prompting, someone state how they appreciate that FedEx is thinking of the customer to help them save money. That is to say if we save them money, we still have a company. I thought that was great, of course I told them how Mr. Smith took the biggest pay cut. They are certainly FedExers for life!!

    TERRY SEWEL says:

    WELL I,M TALKING SAVING MONEY AND TIME…I WORK FOR HWT RAMP AND IT SEEMS THAT WE HAVE TO MAKE A PALLET FOR ALL HWT FREIGHT THAT COMES THRU HERE….NOW I CAN UNDERSTAND IF WE HAVE A LOT BUT SOMETIMES I HAVE A PIECE THATS 018-018-026-DIM AND MAYBE 152LBS WHICH MAKES IT A HWT…AND I,M TOLD I HAVE TO SEND ON A PALLET WITH 2 PLYS OF PLASTIC….NOW THIS TAKES UP AWHOLE POS. ON A PLANE AND NOT COUNTING ALL THE PLASTIC WE HAVE TO USE WHICH COST IS NOT CHEAP…WHEN I COULD LOAD THIS PIECE IN AN AKE OR DEMI USING LESS SPACE AND LESS MONEY TO SEND…JUST A THOUGHT..THX TERRY

    Wanda says:

    I am grateful of the fact that Fred Smith and all Mgrs right down to the Ops. Mgrs have taken cuts to save $$ for the Company. Very commendable! If all the other Ceo’s of other companies had done this – the economy wouldn’t be in such a mess as it is today. Such as the Banks – General Motors – Fannie Mae etc! Maybe they should talk to Fred Smith!

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