What is FedEx, DHL and UPS?

These are three of the largest transportation companies in shipments (packages) and logistics in the world. Every day millions of packets delivered in almost every country in the world and are the three main competitors in this type of service. Next, a brief overview of the history and services of each of them, to have a good idea of ​​what they are and what they do:

FedEx was founded as Federal Express, in 1971 by Frederick W. Smith. In 1973, the opened from a military hangar at Memphis International Airport. It started with 389 employees and 14 aircraft that led Falcon 186 packages within the United States. His success began as the first cargo airline to use jet aircraft only. Over time it became increasingly larger with the acquisition of large companies, and services began to arrive worldwide. Since 2000 the name was changed from Federal Express to FedEx, a name that was very popular for years. Today, it employs over 275,000 people and services reach 220 countries and territories around the world.

FedEx services are carried out through various divisions of the company identified with different colors in the “Ex” from its name. The “Fed” is always purple.

FedEx Express is recognized for having the Ex aesthetically solid orange, and is the original service package delivery company air. Today is the one with the largest aircraft fleet in the world and also own the highest capacity. FedEx Ground is the ground service company identified with green Ex.Opera trucks, primarily between the United States and Canada. FedEx Trade Networks provides customers worldwide, transport solutions, customs clearance and insurance. Are identified with former yellow. FedEx Freight has red Ex and LTL service, a major in the United States. FedEx Custom Critical, with Blue Ex, expedited delivery handles, courage and dangerous. Other divisions provide logistics services, trade and information technology, as well as customer service. Generally, FedEx is identified with gray Ex.

FedEx has been considered numerous times as one of the most admired companies in the world and one of the best places to work.

As for DHL, was founded in 1969 by Adrian Dalsey, Larry Hillblom and Robert Lynn. The company name is the composition of the initials of their surnames. It started as an air mail service between San Francisco and Honolulu. The idea was that the shipping documents arrive before the order and so the proceedings will be made faster, the idea was very successful for the great savings involved.In the following years expanded by the United States and the Pacific and Europe. In 2003, it was fully acquired by the German company Deutsche Post World Net, which since 1998 had shares in DHL.Since then he has been a major transport companies and logistics services. It currently has more than 300,000 employees and its services reach more than 220 countries and territories worldwide.

DHL has four divisions that reach all, a great worldwide recognition. DHL Express is the shuttle service, parcel and cargo to domestic and international level. Whatever with about 72,000 vehicles and 420 planes. DHL Global Forwarding in charge of international air and maritime transport. It also provides logistics services and customs. DHL Freight Services is one of the most important land transport in Europe. DHL Exel Supply Chain including contract logistics service, warehouse management and distribution. All are part of DHL and are identified by the yellow transport and DHL in red letters.

As a way to differentiate themselves from their larger competitors in the world, DHL has put particular emphasis on environmental care.

Finally, UPS was founded in 1907 by Jim Casey, when he was only 19, and his partner Ryan Cloude 18. Originally called “American Messenger Company” and founded with $ 100 Jim asked a friend.They ran the company from a basement. Soon they began to grow and changed the name to “Merchants Parcel Delivery” and once the company expanded from Seattle to Oakland, they put the final name United Parcel Service. Soon, the company expanded throughout United States and then in Europe and the rest of the world. Currently, it has air and ground service in more than 200 countries worldwide.

The UPS service is primarily delivering packages and documents in a specific time or range thereof, worldwide. It also has a shuttle service consolidated supply chain. Its operations are divided into three areas: U.S. Domestic Package, which is what is responsible for the delivery of letters, documents and packages throughout the United States, International Package, which is the delivery service for more than 200 countries and territories outside United States, and finally, Supply Chain & Freight, handles the logistics and customs services and other business units. The characteristic color is dark brown UPS and UPS shield with the initials in gold.

UPS has also taken DHL’s strategy in terms of the environment, and has opted for a ground fleet with numerous hybrid vehicles. He has won numerous awards for quality, technology and business excellence, for its transport, distribution and logistics.

FedEx, DHL and UPS, with their different histories and approaches have become certainly great competitors and three of the largest companies globally recognized for its comprehensive services delivered shipments worldwide.


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