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FedEx Office

posted by Jason Kottke   Jun 03, 2008

Kinko’s is no more: FedEx is renaming the copy store chain to FedEx Office. Catchy!

Fun video of FedEx planes getting into

posted by Jason Kottke   May 09, 2006

Fun video of FedEx planes getting into the Memphis airport around a thunderstorm. They look like ants trying to avoid a puddle of water. (via rw)

Shipping upgrades

posted by Jason Kottke   Dec 19, 2005

This may just be the Nyquil hangover talking, but I’ve an idea. UPS, FedEx, USPS, and DHL should offer in-transit upgrades for package shipping[1]. I’m having something shipped and I realize that I would like it to arrive sooner than it is scheduled for. With computerized systems, they know exactly where that package is in their shipping system…it seems simple in theory to pluck it from its current route and get it going faster. The upgrade would probably come at premium price and not be a true upgrade in some cases[2], but it would be a useful (and potentially lucrative) feature.

[1] It’s possible that this is already possible. In the grand tradition of weblogs, no real research has been done.

[2] If you’re two days into waiting for a 5-7 day ground shipment from UPS and want it the next day, it may take a bit to get it from a semi in the middle of Montana onto a plane to Miami, i.e. not truly next-day.

Nimble companies like FedEx have helped stabilize

posted by Jason Kottke   Oct 10, 2005

Nimble companies like FedEx have helped stabilize the US economy by becoming more flexible. FedEx keeps 5 empty planes flying over the US each night to help fill in surprise delivery gaps as needed.