(Jeff Berman – Logistics Management)
Like its biggest competitor, UPS, did in June, FedEx yesterday rolled out a peak, or holiday season, surcharge.
FedEx said that it will not apply residential Holiday Season surcharges, save for packages that need additional handling, are oversized, or unauthorized. And, not surprisingly, the amount of Holiday season packages moving through the FedEx network continues to head up, rising roughly 240% over the last decade and accounting for around 10% of the total volume handled by FedEx Ground.
What’s more, FedEx noted it has engineered its networks to add sortation and delivery capabilities in order to accommodate the increase in demand for larger and heavier packages that includes entire facilities that are temporarily dedicated to oversized packages.
FedEx said that Holiday season surcharge will be in effect from November 20-December 24, with the surcharge for FedEx Express and FedEx Ground in the United States and Canada to increase by $3 per package during this period for additional handling, and by $25 per package for oversized goods. Click here to read more.