FedEx Corp’s subsidiary, FedEx Freight announced it will be expanding its pilot Direct e-commerce pilot program to 80% of the population living in the contiguous United States.
The service offers delivery of large items like furniture, appliances, and other bulky products, known as “less-than-truckload” or LTL, right to the consumers domicile or businesses.
“Today’s consumers are just as comfortable purchasing a television or sofa online as they are groceries or books,” said Brie Carere, FedEx executive vice president and chief marketing and communications officer. “We’re seeing more oversized items move through our global network. FedEx Freight Direct is critical to addressing these challenges as part of our growing e-commerce portfolio.”
Beginning in 2001 FedEx Freight has been offering fast delivery time or cheaper delivery with the understanding by costumers that they can trade one for the other, either saving time at the expense of higher cost, or saving money at the expense of longer transit time.
The Memphis-based company has 370 service centers with over 115,000 LTL shipments everyday in Canada, USA, and Mexico. They have 25,000 trucks moving the merchandise, and 45,000 employees.