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History of FedEx

  • Frederick Wallace "Fred" Smith, is the founder, chairman, president, and CEO of FedEx, originally known as Federal Express.
  • On June 18, 1971, Fred Smith founded Federal Express with his $4 million inheritance.
  • FedEx is the first company to allow customers to process their shipments online through its Fedex.com’s interNetShip.
  • The first ever color copier utilized by FedEx Office (previously FedEx Kinko’s) was at a center in Topeka, Kansas. It was operated by the one and only person trained to do so – a blind man.
  • In 1970, the first FedEx Office (previously FedEx Kinko’s) store, which opened in Santa Barbara, California, was so small that the copier was rolled out on the sidewalk during busy hours in order to accommodate walk-in customers.
  • In 1974, FedEx helped out bring the Jaws movie to life by carrying a 13-foot tiger shark from Florida, in a 15-foot casket, to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, where the movie was shot.
  • In 1975, FedEx installed its first drop-box.
  • In 1981, Federal Express introduced the Overnight Letter.
  • In 1985, RPS Inc. (FedEx Ground at present) was founded in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and introduced the bar code labeling to the ground transportation industry.
  • In 1987, a four-ton high press water drill and 5,700-pound of rescue equipment were flown to Midland, Texas, by FedEx to aid in the rescue of 18-month-old Jessica McClure from a well.
  • In 1987, FedEx Canada was the first Canadian courier to utilize dedicated airlift.
  • FedEx Freight shipped the 3,000-pound Spirit of Liberty Bell from Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania to Fort Hood, Texas, for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Foundation.
  • In 2003, FedEx Express and FedEx Home Delivery teamed up to distribute over 400,000 copies of “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” to thousands of excited readers.
  • In 2004, FedEx Express shipped 504,000 bottles of 2004 Beaujolais Nouveau wine from Lyon-Saint-Exupery Airport to Japanese enthusiasts, for their yearly uncorking.
  • In 2006, FedEx transported 90 tons of stranded materials for the "Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition," including a 3,000-pound piece of the ship's hull, from Milan, Italy to Atlanta, Georgia, via a FedEx Express MD-11.
  • During the 2012 National Truck Driving Championships, FedEx Freight driver Don Logan was crowned as the National Grand Champion.
  • FedEx Carbon-Neutral Envelope Shipping was introduced at no cost to consumers to help improve the carbon footprint not only at FedEx, but also for customers’ businesses.

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