Keep on Truckin’
Restlessness and discontent are the first necessities of progress – Thomas A. Edison
Constructive discontent can be a good thing. Alternatively, the status quo can lead to stagnation. That’s why it is pleasing when organizations have set goals, strategies developed, tactics implemented, and progress being made.
For the FedEx Express Vehicles department, that is realized in their work on a Reduce, Replace and Revolutionize initiative. Simply put, it’s using the right vehicle for the right application.
- Utilize routing efficiencies in order to reduce the number of vehicles needed.
- Seek to downsize vehicles that travel more miles in order to maximize fuel economy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
- Seek fuel-efficient and environmentally beneficial technologies, such as hybrid electric and electric vehicles, in order to maximize efficiencies — particularly in heavily urbanized settings.
These collective strategies are vastly important in helping to achieve the FedEx Express vehicle goal set back in 2008:
20% fuel efficiency improvement by 2020 (2005 baseline year)
So, how have they done? Here are the results for the first five years:
Some interesting facts in this regard:
• FedEx hybrid electric and electric vehicles have traveled more than 7.7 million miles through the end of 2010, in the United States, Europe and Asia – that’s the equivalent of more than 300 times around the earth.
• The FedEx Express Bronx, New York facility, JRE, is a 100% hybrid electric truck station, serving the residents and businesses there each and every business day.
• FedEx Express Vehicles has achieved an average 3% in fuel economy improvement each year over the past five years.
What this means to me is that an organization should continue to be constructively dissatisfied over the long-term. Naturally, it should take satisfaction for accomplishments, but then it should move on for continued improvement and better solutions. Constructive discontent can change what’s possible. Thomas Edison proved that.
Congratulations to the FedEx Express Vehicles team for all their hard work and progress.
All I can say is, “Keep on Truckin’.”
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