Designing Global Networks
When I started my career with FedEx as a courier in Philadelphia more than 34 years ago, I never thought that one day, I would play a role in designing the international networks at FedEx.
Of course, I never thought I would get into social networking either, but here I am entering the blogosphere.
I guess you could say that I am really into networks. It is the central focus of my job these days – designing the global FedEx network of the future – both on the ground and in the air.
One of the more exciting projects we are working on at the moment is a new Central and Eastern European gateway at the Cologne/Bonn airport. We began construction of it just a week or so ago and it will connect to our global hub network in 2010.
What is interesting about this hub is that it will be the first solar-powered hub for FedEx outside of the U.S. and the company’s largest solar-powered hub worldwide.
The solar panels will produce power equivalent to that used on a yearly basis by more than 370 homes during the daytime. Together with the architect, we also took the opportunity to build a facility that provides optimal working conditions for the 450 people we will employ at this location. This includes daylight workplaces, a roof terrace as a recreation area, a cafeteria and planting vegetation on the roof.
I’m looking forward to greening up more of our network.