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FedEx Ground Begins FedEx Home Delivery on Sundays

FedEx Ground truck and driver in snow next to house

FedEx said that during the 2019 peak holiday shipping season, FedEx Ground experienced 42% year-over-year growth in FedEx Home Delivery package volume.

 

FedEx Ground has started delivering FedEx Home Delivery packages on Sundays for the majority of the U.S. population, according to parent company FedEx Corp.

The Memphis, Tenn.-based carrier made the announcement Jan. 22.

FedEx said the change will help the company better serve the fast-growing e-commerce market.

“We have increased our speed advantage significantly to kick off the new year,” said Raj Subramaniam, president and chief operating officer of FedEx Corp. “This provides added value to e-commerce shippers throughout the U.S. and the 188 million online shoppers in 7,700 cities and towns where FedEx Home Delivery packages are delivered on Sundays. As more customers expect weekend delivery, this enhancement to our network means that every day is now a delivery day at FedEx.”

The announcement comes only days after Amazon.com lifted restrictions during the holiday shopping season that had prevented third-party merchants selling goods on the site from shipping packages with FedEx Corp.’s ground service. Amazon banned merchants from using FedEx less than two weeks before Christmas due to concerns about speed of delivery, according to Bloomberg News.

Amazon later informed its sellers that the FedEx ban was lifted Jan. 14.

FedEx said delivering residential packages on Sundays speeds up most shipping lanes by one or two days, an advantage that is particularly valuable for shippers and consumers of health care and perishable goods. FedEx Ground began delivering residential packages on Sundays during the most recent peak holiday season, the company said.

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Delivering seven days a week was critical to FedEx’s success this past peak season as it experienced some of the highest volume days in the history of the company, including shipping nearly 38 million packages on Cyber Monday alone, according to Subramaniam.

Over the peak holiday shipping season, FedEx Ground experienced 42% year-over-year growth in FedEx Home Delivery package volume during December and delivered nearly 8 million FedEx Home Delivery packages on Sundays between Black Friday and Christmas Eve, according to FedEx.

Now FedEx is facing a changing annual landscape because of e-commerce, and that includes bulkier items such as TVs and furniture. FedEx said its build-out of FedEx Ground’s large package handling capabilities continues in response to the growth of such items, which consumers are increasingly ordering online.

Shippers will soon be able to ship packages as heavy as 150 pounds through FedEx Home Delivery, FedEx said.

FedEx ranks No. 2 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest for-hire carriers in North America.

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