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Time Flies: The FedEx Timeline

It’s not every day that a new industry takes modern form, but that’s what happened when FedEx President, Chairman, and CEO Frederick W. Smith founded Federal Express. The company’s “hub and spoke” system enabled efficient overnight express service, and FedEx was the first to pioneer tracking and tracing capability so customers would know where their shipments were. Over more than four decades, FedEx has built a portfolio of innovative solutions that connect customers to more than 220 countries and territories. That’s 99 percent of the world’s global gross domestic product. Imagine the possibilities.

2016 - 2011
2016

FedEx Corp. acquires TNT Express — the largest acquisition in FedEx history — significantly enhancing the FedEx network in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Asia-Pacific, and the Americas. TNT adds a second-to-none European road network to the robust express network FedEx operates in Europe.

2015

FedEx Corp. acquires GENCO, one of North America’s largest third-party logistics providers, and rebrands it as FedEx Supply Chain. The acquisition expands FedEx retail and e-commerce service offerings, including distribution and fulfillment, kitting and packaging, returns processing, test, repair, refurbish, transportation, and recommerce solutions.

2014

FedEx Corp. acquires Bongo International, a leader in cross-border enablement technologies and solutions, and rebrands it as FedEx Cross Border. The acquisition complements and expands the FedEx global e-commerce portfolio with capabilities including duty and tax calculations, currency conversions, shopping cart management, and more.

FedEx TechConnect opens a package laboratory to better serve customers. The 30,000-square-foot facility provides free package testing and design services for FedEx Express, FedEx Ground and FedEx Freight customers.

FedEx Express acquires Supaswift businesses in South Africa and six other countries, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland and Zambia. The move provides access to an established regional ground network and extensive knowledge of the Southern Africa region.

2013

FedEx Express takes delivery of its first 767-300 Freighter. The 767 will be used for the FedEx Express domestic network, and is 30 percent more fuel efficient and has 20 percent lower unit operating costs than the aircraft they will replace.

FedEx launches FedEx Delivery Manager®, which provides U.S. customers with a range of flexible options to schedule dates, locations and times of delivery.

2012

FedEx Corp. acquires the Polish courier company Opek Sp.z o.o. (Opek) for $54 million. This acquisition gives 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 Corp. acquires TATEX, a leading French business-to-business express transportation company, for $55 million. This acquisition gives its FedEx Express business unit access to a nationwide domestic ground network that carries 19 million shipments and produces approximately €150 million in revenues annually.

FedEx Corp. acquires Rapidão Cometa, one of the largest transportation and logistics companies in Brazil. This acquisition brings more than $500 million of annual revenue, and is the latest step in the company's strategy for profitable growth in the FedEx Express Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region.

2011

FedEx Express acquires the logistics, distribution, and express businesses of AFL Pvt. Ltd. and its affiliate, Unifreight India Pvt. Ltd. This acquisition provides FedEx more robust domestic transportation and added capabilities in India.

FedEx Express acquires the operations of MultiPack in Mexico. MultiPack's existing operations include its pickup and delivery network, warehousing, and logistics services.

FedEx National LTL merges with FedEx Freight East and West, and the company offers two levels of service across all lengths of haul in a single network: FedEx Freight® Priority and FedEx Freight® Economy.

2016 - 2011
2015

FedEx Corp. acquires GENCO, one of North America’s largest third-party logistics providers, and rebrands it as FedEx Supply Chain. The acquisition expands FedEx retail and e-commerce service offerings, including distribution and fulfillment, kitting and packaging, returns processing, test, repair, refurbish, transportation, and recommerce solutions.

2013

FedEx Express takes delivery of its first 767-300 Freighter. The 767 will be used for the FedEx Express domestic network, and is 30 percent more fuel efficient and has 20 percent lower unit operating costs than the aircraft they will replace.

FedEx launches FedEx Delivery Manager®, which provides U.S. customers with a range of flexible options to schedule dates, locations and times of delivery.

2012

FedEx Corp. acquires the Polish courier company Opek Sp.z o.o. (Opek) for $54 million. This acquisition gives 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 Corp. acquires TATEX, a leading French business-to-business express transportation company, for $55 million. This acquisition gives its FedEx Express business unit access to a nationwide domestic ground network that carries 19 million shipments and produces approximately €150 million in revenues annually.

FedEx Corp. acquires Rapidão Cometa, one of the largest transportation and logistics companies in Brazil. This acquisition brings more than $500 million of annual revenue, and is the latest step in the company's strategy for profitable growth in the FedEx Express Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region.

2016

FedEx Corp. acquires TNT Express — the largest acquisition in FedEx history — significantly enhancing the FedEx network in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Asia-Pacific, and the Americas. TNT adds a second-to-none European road network to the robust express network FedEx operates in Europe.

2014

FedEx Corp. acquires Bongo International, a leader in cross-border enablement technologies and solutions, and rebrands it as FedEx Cross Border. The acquisition complements and expands the FedEx global e-commerce portfolio with capabilities including duty and tax calculations, currency conversions, shopping cart management, and more.

FedEx TechConnect opens a package laboratory to better serve customers. The 30,000-square-foot facility provides free package testing and design services for FedEx Express, FedEx Ground and FedEx Freight customers.

FedEx Express acquires Supaswift businesses in South Africa and six other countries, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland and Zambia. The move provides access to an established regional ground network and extensive knowledge of the Southern Africa region.

2011

FedEx Express acquires the logistics, distribution, and express businesses of AFL Pvt. Ltd. and its affiliate, Unifreight India Pvt. Ltd. This acquisition provides FedEx more robust domestic transportation and added capabilities in India.

FedEx Express acquires the operations of MultiPack in Mexico. MultiPack's existing operations include its pickup and delivery network, warehousing, and logistics services.

FedEx National LTL merges with FedEx Freight East and West, and the company offers two levels of service across all lengths of haul in a single network: FedEx Freight® Priority and FedEx Freight® Economy.

2010 - 2000
2010

FedEx introduces the first all-electric trucks to be used in the U.S. parcel delivery business.

2009

SenseAware® powered by FedEx, an information service that uses a web-based collaboration platform to provide near real-time visibility and insight into the condition of shipments while in the transportation process.

FedEx Express unveils its first Boeing 777 Freighter. The move makes it the first U.S.-based global all-cargo freight airline to take delivery of the 777, which is the world's largest twin-engine cargo aircraft.

2008

FedEx Express introduces Boeing 757 freighters to its fleet; the fuel-efficient 757s demonstrate the company's commitment to environmentally conscious growth.

2007

FedEx Kinko's introduces Print Online, an innovative web-based printing tool allowing customers to access the chain's professional printing services from anywhere in the U.S.

FedEx Express builds its service capabilities in Europe by acquiring U.K. domestic express company ANC (later re-branded FedEx UK) and Flying-Cargo Hungary Kft, now a wholly owned operation in one of Eastern Europe's most dynamic markets.

FedEx Express expands its presence in India with the acquisition of Prakash Air Freight Pvt. Ltd. (PAFEX).

FedEx expands its presence in China by acquiring DTW Group's 50 percent share of the FedEx-DTW International Priority express joint venture and becomes a wholly foreign-owned enterprise.

FedEx launches the FedExCup® with the PGA TOUR, also introducing a season-ending competitive element to the schedule.

2006

FedEx Corp. acquires Watkins Motor Lines, and re-brands it as FedEx National LTL and FedEx Freight Canada, enhancing the ability of FedEx Freight to serve U.S. customers with long-haul LTL freight services and offer LTL freight services to Canadian and cross-border customers as well.

2005

FedEx launches around-the-world flights — eastbound and westbound — to provide faster, better connectivity to the major markets around the world.

FedEx announces the development of a new Asia Pacific hub in Guangzhou, China.

FedEx unveils California's largest corporate solar-power installation at its Oakland hub.

2004

FedEx Corp. acquires Kinko's for US$2.4 billion, which expands the company's retail access to all of the 1,200-plus Kinko's stores for greater customer convenience. The retail store locations get a new brand identity — FedEx Kinko's Office and Print Centers.

FedEx expands services for customers in the e-tail and catalog segments by acquiring Parcel Direct, a leading parcel consolidator. FedEx later re-brands the FedEx Ground subsidiary as FedEx SmartPost®.

2003

FedEx Express introduces its first hybrid-electric truck to the delivery fleet.

2002

FedEx Corp. brands two of its LTL companies together as FedEx Freight. American Freightways becomes FedEx Freight East and Viking Freight becomes FedEx Freight West, both continuing to operate independently to optimize service in their geographic markets.

FedEx Trade Networks reorganizes; TowerGroup International becomes FedEx Trade Networks Transport & Brokerage Inc., and a new subsidiary is created, incorporating the services of WorldTariff, called FedEx Trade Networks Trade Services Inc.

FedEx Home Delivery completes its expansion to serve virtually 100 percent of the U.S. population.

2001

FedEx Express and the U.S. Postal Service forge a public-private alliance. FedEx Express provides air transportation of some U.S. mail and places FedEx Express® Drop Boxes at post offices nationwide.

FedEx Corp. acquires American Freightways (now part of FedEx Freight), an LTL carrier serving the 40 eastern states in the U.S.

2000

Parent company FDX is renamed "FedEx Corporation." Services are divided into companies that operate independently yet compete collectively: FedEx Express, FedEx Ground, FedEx Global Logistics, FedEx Custom Critical, and FedEx Services.

FedEx Ground launches FedEx Home Delivery®, an innovative business-to- residential service, in major U.S. markets.

FedEx Trade Networks is created with the acquisitions of TowerGroup International and WorldTariff®.

FedEx introduces customer technology solutions including a redesigned fedex.com, FedEx e-Commerce Builder, FedEx® Global Trade Manager, and FedEx Ship Manager®.

2010 - 2000
2009

SenseAware® powered by FedEx, an information service that uses a web-based collaboration platform to provide near real-time visibility and insight into the condition of shipments while in the transportation process.

FedEx Express unveils its first Boeing 777 Freighter. The move makes it the first U.S.-based global all-cargo freight airline to take delivery of the 777, which is the world's largest twin-engine cargo aircraft.

2007

FedEx Kinko's introduces Print Online, an innovative web-based printing tool allowing customers to access the chain's professional printing services from anywhere in the U.S.

FedEx Express builds its service capabilities in Europe by acquiring U.K. domestic express company ANC (later re-branded FedEx UK) and Flying-Cargo Hungary Kft, now a wholly owned operation in one of Eastern Europe's most dynamic markets.

FedEx Express expands its presence in India with the acquisition of Prakash Air Freight Pvt. Ltd. (PAFEX).

FedEx expands its presence in China by acquiring DTW Group's 50 percent share of the FedEx-DTW International Priority express joint venture and becomes a wholly foreign-owned enterprise.

FedEx launches the FedExCup® with the PGA TOUR, also introducing a season-ending competitive element to the schedule.

2003

FedEx Express introduces its first hybrid-electric truck to the delivery fleet.

2002

FedEx Corp. brands two of its LTL companies together as FedEx Freight. American Freightways becomes FedEx Freight East and Viking Freight becomes FedEx Freight West, both continuing to operate independently to optimize service in their geographic markets.

FedEx Trade Networks reorganizes; TowerGroup International becomes FedEx Trade Networks Transport & Brokerage Inc., and a new subsidiary is created, incorporating the services of WorldTariff, called FedEx Trade Networks Trade Services Inc.

FedEx Home Delivery completes its expansion to serve virtually 100 percent of the U.S. population.

2000

Parent company FDX is renamed "FedEx Corporation." Services are divided into companies that operate independently yet compete collectively: FedEx Express, FedEx Ground, FedEx Global Logistics, FedEx Custom Critical, and FedEx Services.

FedEx Ground launches FedEx Home Delivery®, an innovative business-to- residential service, in major U.S. markets.

FedEx Trade Networks is created with the acquisitions of TowerGroup International and WorldTariff®.

FedEx introduces customer technology solutions including a redesigned fedex.com, FedEx e-Commerce Builder, FedEx® Global Trade Manager, and FedEx Ship Manager®.

2010

FedEx introduces the first all-electric trucks to be used in the U.S. parcel delivery business.

2008

FedEx Express introduces Boeing 757 freighters to its fleet; the fuel-efficient 757s demonstrate the company's commitment to environmentally conscious growth.

2006

FedEx Corp. acquires Watkins Motor Lines, and re-brands it as FedEx National LTL and FedEx Freight Canada, enhancing the ability of FedEx Freight to serve U.S. customers with long-haul LTL freight services and offer LTL freight services to Canadian and cross-border customers as well.

2005

FedEx launches around-the-world flights — eastbound and westbound — to provide faster, better connectivity to the major markets around the world.

FedEx announces the development of a new Asia Pacific hub in Guangzhou, China.

FedEx unveils California's largest corporate solar-power installation at its Oakland hub.

2004

FedEx Corp. acquires Kinko's for US$2.4 billion, which expands the company's retail access to all of the 1,200-plus Kinko's stores for greater customer convenience. The retail store locations get a new brand identity — FedEx Kinko's Office and Print Centers.

FedEx expands services for customers in the e-tail and catalog segments by acquiring Parcel Direct, a leading parcel consolidator. FedEx later re-brands the FedEx Ground subsidiary as FedEx SmartPost®.

2001

FedEx Express and the U.S. Postal Service forge a public-private alliance. FedEx Express provides air transportation of some U.S. mail and places FedEx Express® Drop Boxes at post offices nationwide.

FedEx Corp. acquires American Freightways (now part of FedEx Freight), an LTL carrier serving the 40 eastern states in the U.S.

1999 - 1990
1999

Federal Express launches its EuroOne® Network, opening a hub at Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport.

FedEx Corp. acquires Caribbean Transportation Services.

1998

FedEx acquires Caliber System Inc. and creates FDX Corp. The move creates a $16 billion transportation powerhouse, composed of the traditional Federal Express distribution service and small-package carrier RPS; less-than-truckload (LTL) carrier Viking Freight; Caliber Logistics; Caliber Technology; and Roberts Express.

1996

FedEx becomes the first company to allow customers to process shipments online with the introduction of FedEx interNetShip® (now FedEx Ship Manager® at fedex.com).

1995

FedEx acquires air routes from Evergreen International with authority to serve China.

FedEx opens the Asia Pacific hub in Subic Bay, Philippines, launching the FedEx AsiaOne® Network.

1994

Federal Express officially adopts "FedEx" as its brand recognized as the worldwide standard for fast, reliable service.

FedEx launches fedex.com as the first transportation website to offer online package status tracking, enabling customers to conduct business via the internet.

FedEx Ship® software allows customers to process and manage shipping from their desktop.

1993

The Federal Express ClearSM Electronic Customs Clearance System is created to expedite regulatory clearance while cargo is en route.

1990

Federal Express becomes the first company to win the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in the service category.

1999 - 1990
1998

FedEx acquires Caliber System Inc. and creates FDX Corp. The move creates a $16 billion transportation powerhouse, composed of the traditional Federal Express distribution service and small-package carrier RPS; less-than-truckload (LTL) carrier Viking Freight; Caliber Logistics; Caliber Technology; and Roberts Express.

1994

Federal Express officially adopts "FedEx" as its brand recognized as the worldwide standard for fast, reliable service.

FedEx launches fedex.com as the first transportation website to offer online package status tracking, enabling customers to conduct business via the internet.

FedEx Ship® software allows customers to process and manage shipping from their desktop.

1990

Federal Express becomes the first company to win the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in the service category.

1999

Federal Express launches its EuroOne® Network, opening a hub at Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport.

FedEx Corp. acquires Caribbean Transportation Services.

1996

FedEx becomes the first company to allow customers to process shipments online with the introduction of FedEx interNetShip® (now FedEx Ship Manager® at fedex.com).

1995

FedEx acquires air routes from Evergreen International with authority to serve China.

FedEx opens the Asia Pacific hub in Subic Bay, Philippines, launching the FedEx AsiaOne® Network.

1993

The Federal Express ClearSM Electronic Customs Clearance System is created to expedite regulatory clearance while cargo is en route.

1989 - 1980
1989

Federal Express purchases Flying Tigers to expand its international presence.

1987

A four-ton high-press water drill and 5,700 lbs. of equipment are flown to Midland, Texas, to support the rescue of 18-month-old Jessica McClure from a well.

1986

Federal Express introduces the SuperTracker®, a hand-held bar code scanner system that captures detailed package information.

1984

Federal Express acquires Gelco Express International and launches operations in Asia Pacific.

The first PC-based automated shipping system, later named FedEx PowerShip®, is introduced.

1983

Federal Express becomes the first U.S. company to reach revenues of $1 billion within 10 years of startup, without merger or acquisition.

1981

Federal Express introduces the Overnight Letter.

Federal Express begins international delivery with service to Canada.

Federal Express opens its SuperHub adjacent to Memphis International Airport.

1980

Federal Express implements DADS (Digitally Assisted Dispatch System) to coordinate on-call pickups for customers.

1989 - 1980
1987

A four-ton high-press water drill and 5,700 lbs. of equipment are flown to Midland, Texas, to support the rescue of 18-month-old Jessica McClure from a well.

1986

Federal Express introduces the SuperTracker®, a hand-held bar code scanner system that captures detailed package information.

1983

Federal Express becomes the first U.S. company to reach revenues of $1 billion within 10 years of startup, without merger or acquisition.

1981

Federal Express introduces the Overnight Letter.

Federal Express begins international delivery with service to Canada.

Federal Express opens its SuperHub adjacent to Memphis International Airport.

1989

Federal Express purchases Flying Tigers to expand its international presence.

1984

Federal Express acquires Gelco Express International and launches operations in Asia Pacific.

The first PC-based automated shipping system, later named FedEx PowerShip®, is introduced.

1980

Federal Express implements DADS (Digitally Assisted Dispatch System) to coordinate on-call pickups for customers.

1979 - 1965
1979

Federal Express launches COSMOS (Customers, Operations, and Services Master Online System), a centralized computer system to manage people, packages, vehicles, and weather scenarios in real time.

1978

Federal Express Corporation is listed on the New York Stock Exchange; the ticker symbol is FDX.

1977

After two years of lobbying led by Federal Express, Congress passes Public Law 95-163, enabling Federal Express and other cargo airlines to use larger aircraft with no geographic restrictions on routes.

Federal Express purchases seven Boeing 727 aircraft, each with a cargo capacity of 40,000 pounds – almost seven times that of the Dassault Falcon.

1975

Federal Express installs its first drop box.

1973

Federal Express relocates operations to Memphis, Tennessee.

On the first night of continuous operation, 389 Federal Express team members and 14 Dassault Falcon jets deliver 186 packages overnight to 25 U.S. cities — and the modern air/ground express industry is born.

1971

Federal Express Corp. is founded in Little Rock, Arkansas.

1965

As a Yale undergraduate, Fred Smith writes a term paper outlining a system to accommodate urgent, time-sensitive shipments such as medicine, computer parts, and electronics. He receives an average grade.

1979 - 1965
1978

Federal Express Corporation is listed on the New York Stock Exchange; the ticker symbol is FDX.

1977

After two years of lobbying led by Federal Express, Congress passes Public Law 95-163, enabling Federal Express and other cargo airlines to use larger aircraft with no geographic restrictions on routes.

Federal Express purchases seven Boeing 727 aircraft, each with a cargo capacity of 40,000 pounds – almost seven times that of the Dassault Falcon.

1971

Federal Express Corp. is founded in Little Rock, Arkansas.

1965

As a Yale undergraduate, Fred Smith writes a term paper outlining a system to accommodate urgent, time-sensitive shipments such as medicine, computer parts, and electronics. He receives an average grade.

1979

Federal Express launches COSMOS (Customers, Operations, and Services Master Online System), a centralized computer system to manage people, packages, vehicles, and weather scenarios in real time.

1975

Federal Express installs its first drop box.

1973

Federal Express relocates operations to Memphis, Tennessee.

On the first night of continuous operation, 389 Federal Express team members and 14 Dassault Falcon jets deliver 186 packages overnight to 25 U.S. cities — and the modern air/ground express industry is born.