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Monday
Dec102012

FedEx to Ship Record 19 Million Packages During 'Busiest Day'

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- FedEx is gearing up to move 19 million packages Monday on what it says will be its "busiest day in company history."

The Memphis, Tenn.-based shipping company says it will have 300,000 team members and about 20,000 seasonal workers on hand to process more than 200 packages per second.

The anticipated record volume is a direct result from an increase in online shopping during the holiday season, FedEx says.

“At FedEx, we have been preparing for this busy holiday shipping season for almost a year now,” T. Michael Glenn, executive vice president of Market Development at FedEx, said in a statement last Friday.  “The spirit and drive of our team members, backed by the efficiency of our networks, will help us deliver what we expect will be a record-breaking 280 million packages through our global networks between Thanksgiving and Christmas, up 13 percent from 2011.”

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Tuesday
Dec042012

Stocks Close Lower; Buyouts for FedEx Employees

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Stocks closed lower Tuesday with investors still worried as the deadline for the government's fiscal cliff approaches.
 
The Dow gave up 13.82 points, a 0.11-percent loss, to close at 12,951.78. The Nasdaq Composite lost 5.51 points and closed at 2,996.69. The S&P closed at 1,407.05, down 2.41.
 
Meanwhile, FedEx is delivering buyouts.  The shipper will be offering some employees up to two years' pay to leave the company next year, the Memphis Business Journal reports.  

Eligible employees will be notified in February and will have until April to make their decision.  Other workers can apply and FedEx will notify them in May if the application has been accepted.

The company says the buyout offers is part of its plan to cut annual costs by $1.7 billion within three years.

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Tuesday
Apr242012

Thieves Follow FedEx, Snatch Packages

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(PORTLAND, Ore.) -- A Portland, Oregon-area man was stunned after thieves drove up to his front door, snatched several packages, and dashed away. The incident happened all in a matter of minutes and it was all caught on camera.

ABC Affiliate KATU caught up with the victim, who identified himself as “Mark” because he didn’t want to share his true name. Mark said he was tipped off that the FedEx man was walking up his driveway last Friday when his two dogs started barking.  He tried calming the dogs, allowing the delivery man time to leave. A few minutes later when Mark went outside, the packages were gone.

What did remain was a trail of dog waste in the shape of footprints. Confused, Mark consulted his home surveillance video and found that less than two minutes after the FedEx delivery man left, a car pulled up his driveway. The grainy video shows a white woman with long blond hair jumping out of the passenger side of a decade-old Chrysler then snatching the packages and driving off.

The whole incident took less than 15 seconds.

“It was really well planned,” he told KATU.  “Just amazed at how brazen this person was, to come down the driveway and snatch it like that.”

Lt. Steve Alexander, public information office for the Multnomah Co. Sheriff’s Office, says the theft is an isolated incident and they are still reviewing the surveillance tape for clues.

“Hopefully by putting this video out there the public will know who they are,” said Alexander.  ”It’s pretty brazen to drive right up and up and steal a package.”

When reached by phone, a FedEx spokeswoman expressed regret about the stolen packages.

“Porch pirating” reaches epidemic proportions around the holiday season.

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Thursday
May052011

FedEx 'Used 9/11 to Profit,' Whistleblower Says

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A whistleblower has alleged that FedEx "used 9/11 to profit," defrauding the government by falsely blaming security delays related to the terror attacks for slow deliveries and then failing to pay penalties for packages that arrived late.

The allegations emerged in a lawsuit that was unsealed this week after FedEx agreed to settle the case with the U.S. Department of Justice for $8 million, without admitting wrongdoing. The case was initially brought to the Justice Department by a former FedEx employee who alleged she had been instructed by managers to justify late deliveries by blaming the beefed-up security measures at government buildings that came after the September 11 terror attacks.

"They used 9-11 to profit," said Mary Garofolo, the former employee. "And they did it for years."

Entire shipments headed for the government were branded with a code – code 5 -- to indicate security delays even before they were loaded into the trucks for delivery, she said. The company was then able to prioritize delivery to private customers without the risk of having to pay out refunds to government customers whose packages were arriving late, the lawsuit claims.

Sally Davenport, a FedEx spokeswoman, said the company still disputes those allegations, telling ABC News that "the government didn't identify one shipment where a security delay code had been applied and where there wasn't a security delay."

"We determined that it was in the best interest of the company to avoid a costly protracted legal battle with the government," she said. "FedEx has worked hard to strike a balance between our customers' need for prompt deliveries and the government's need for the highest level of security."

But government officials said they welcomed the lawsuit and the ensuing settlement.

"We cannot let companies cheat the government by failing to live up to their contractual responsibilities and concealing their improper conduct," said Brian D. Miller, Inspector General for the General Services Administration.

Lawyers for Garofolo, who brought the case to the government's attention, claim in their suit that the company made liberal use of the security exemption, not just at one or two facilities, but at federal buildings around the country. They said the Justice Department's decision to pursue the case was evidence of how seriously they took the allegations.

"FedEx's practice was widespread," said Steven McCool, one of Garofolo's lawyers. "They saw an opportunity to keep using the [security] code in a way that allowed them to profit significantly."

Julie Grohovsky, another one of Garofolo's lawyers, said the use of the security exemption continued at least until the fall of last year, long after their client filed her first legal complaint in 2006. The complaint was unsealed by the U.S. District Court on May 3.

"We are confident had this case gone to trial there would have been an overwhelming amount of evidence," Grohovsky said.

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Tuesday
Dec212010

Beware of Holiday Package Snatchers

Photo Courtesy -- Getty Images(YONKERS, NY) -- Especially during this time of the year, thieves are on the lookout for packages that have been left at doorsteps by delivery companies or the post office.

Yonkers, New York-based Consumer Reports has offered some tips to avoid having your holiday packages swiped.

First, choose a shipping option that requires a signature before a package can be left, or ask that the package be left with a neighbor or sent to your office.

It is also recommended that you track your package online and purchase insurance if the item is valuable.

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Friday
Dec172010

More Than 1,700 Stores Offer Free Shipping; Deadlines for Christmas Deliveries

Photo Courtesy - FreeShippingDay [dot] com(NEW YORK) -- For those last minute shoppers still surfing the Net to buy gifts for their loved ones, Friday might just be the day to finalize those purchases.

In what's known as Free Shipping Day, over 1,700 online vendors are offering free shipping deals to consumers nationwide Friday and guaranteeing deliveries by Christmas Eve.  To view the full list of participating stores, visit FreeShippingDay.com.

On a related note, deadlines are approaching for shipping holiday packages.

To ensure delivery before Christmas, customers using FedEx's Ground and Home Delivery services must ship their items by Dec. 17.  Otherwise, they can use the company's 2Day service on the 22nd or ship with FedEx Overnight on the 23rd.

Those shipping via UPS will have until Dec. 21 to ship their packages with 3-Day Select or, like with FedEx's Overnight service, they can use Next Day Air on Dec. 23 to guarantee delivery by Christmas.

For shipments via the U.S. Postal Service, First Class Mail needs to be sent by Dec. 20, Priority Mail by Dec. 21, and Express Mail by Dec. 22.  The deadline for letters and packages to U.S. service members overseas is Dec. 18.

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