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FedEx Ground extends Sunday delivery



FedEx ( FDX ) has long delivered packages on Sundays in the high season. But next January, it will hold seven-day ground services year-round for "the majority of the American population," said the company in a press release this week.

The move comes as e-commerce has resumed the delivery landscape. Amazon has strengthened its internal shipping network, threatening traditional shipping companies such as FedEx and UPS ( UPS ) .
But FedEx says it's not about Amazon ( AMZN ) .

"E-commerce is much bigger than any company," said a spokesman in an e-mail statement. "The average daily volume of small packages in the United States is expected to double ̵

1; from 50 million to 100 million – in 2026."

The company is already working with Walmart and Walgreens to deliver today delivery, and it has a partnership with Target to use stores as local shipping hubs, the spokesman said.

Door to door

So-called "last mile" deliveries or the trip from a distribution center to a person's doorstep, has long been a logistical challenge for shippers without the network of home town post offices like the one run by the US postal service.

Amazon, UPS and FedEx have all used USPS to take packages on the final line to customers' doors. But the state postal service is in poor financial shape. And all three companies are working on ways to make more bulk delivery without USPS.

FedEx said nearly two million SmartPost packages previously delivered to the US Postal Service for delivery now need to be delivered by FedEx's own ground operations. SmartPost packages are easy shipments destined for homes.

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The company plans to expand its use of " Independent Service Providers ", as the company says, could provide" significant opportunities for the thousands of entrepreneurs running pickup and delivery companies. "

FedEx did not say it plans to expand its own workforce.

Just as Amazon has invested in high-tech solutions such as drone and robot delivery, FedEx also tests automated shipments for the last mile delivery.

The company is testing a robot called SameDay Bot in Memphis this year – but it is not clear when or if the company is planning to use it on a mass scale.

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