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FedEx Marks 40th Anniversary with Community Service, Eye to the Future

April 17, 2013

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The company that launched the overnight delivery industry is forty years old.

On April 17, 1973, FedEx, then known as Federal Express, began operations at the Memphis International Airport with the delivery of 186 packages to 25 U.S. cities. Today, FedEx and its four operating companies handle more than 9 million packages each day via a high-tech network designed to connect customers by air, land and sea in more than 220 countries and territories worldwide.

To commemorate these decades of success, FedEx will observe a Global Month of Service in April, honoring team members and communities with volunteer projects around the world.

FedEx: Yesterday and Today
From the beginning, the company’s innovative “hub and spoke” approach to transportation and seamless integration of cutting-edge IT systems set FedEx apart, and laid the groundwork for a sophisticated network capable of moving millions of packages around the world. It is estimated that FedEx has shipped more than 31 billion packages since 1973.

Forty Years of Innovation
The company’s firm belief in the power of information and access is at the very core of every innovative solution it has brought to market since 1973. Today, FedEx is taking innovation to a new level by investing in the transformation of its IT system networks into a single, hybrid-cloud platform that supports all of the company’s IT functions – processing more than 15 petabytes of data daily and growing.

Forty Years of Service 
Extending a long-standing tradition of service, around the world, team members are organizing and volunteering in support of their favorite organizations. FedEx will be further supporting these efforts by distributing $40,000 in non-profit grants. To learn more about how FedEx team members have come together to address need in their communities and beyond, visit

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