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FedEx Insight
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First, kudos for having a section for shipping and shipping issues. Thank you.

Last week my job required me to tour and inspect a FedEx facility here in the Chicago area. Now this was a FedEx Ground facility and not an Express facility, so take it for what it's worth. First off I was really impressed by the technology and methods they use to get the package to the right place on time. FedEx isn't perfect but they are the best at what they do. The distribution center was huge, a 203,000 sq. ft. building. Since this was a Ground facility it had 148 truck docks for the large semi trailers as well as 28 smaller dock doors for the smaller common delivery trucks we see every day to drive into the building to be loaded. I was accompanied on the tour by the facilities manager and the chief engineer. They explained to me that the delivery trucks start getting loaded at 3am, in the middle of the night.
One of the first things I noticed walking through the distribution center was how chilly it was, and I was wearing a coat at the time. The facilities manager explained that since FedEx facilities run on a 24 hour basis and usually the dock doors are open on a 24 hour basis, there is no heat or air conditioning in the distribution center. I asked about Express facilities and I was told the same thing. It occurred to me that perhaps our frog are exposed to more extreme conditions during shipping than we previously thought. This was an all metal building that I'm sure gets quite cold in the winter and quite hot during the summer.
At the very least this should be an argument for why all frogs must be shipped express, I think we can all agree on that, and frogs should preferably shipped to a FedEx staffed facility where they can be help for pick up. Though this kind of makes me question that a bit. I know this isn't ground breaking info but I hope it helps someone. Any thoughts of comments?
One more thing, it was mentioned to me that most likely FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery are merging. I'm not sure what that means for us froggers, perhaps it will make home delivery of frogs more reliable? Who knows. They are probably trying to compete with UPS who dominates the ground market.
Jon
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Great info to pass along. Mucho appreciado.
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