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While FedEx, formerly Federal Express, and UPS both take packages and letters from Point A to Point B, there are several differences between the two companies. Aside from price, the primary method of transportation, the number of packages each company ships, and the number of hybrid vehicles in use vary greatly between the two companies. However, most consumers just want their packages to arrive on time, as promised. That comparison? They’re pretty similar.
Air Versus Ground Delivery Fleets
The PackageFox software company compared UPS and FedEx, the two major players in the package delivery department, in 2009. UPS clearly rules ground delivery services, with over 100,000 delivery trucks in operation, compared to the FedEx fleet, which has a paltry 22,000 in comparison. Of those vehicles, UPS operates over 2,000 alternative fuel or hybrid vehicles, while FedEx has over 750. However, FedEx rules the roost when it comes to the air; it has almost 700 jets, while UPS has only 268.
Volume, Reliability and On-Time Delivery
UPS handles more than double the volume of packages that FedEx does, with an annual rate of approximately 15.8 million units; FedEx delivered 6.9 million units. UPS delivered approximately 91 percent of its express packages on time, while FedEx delivered 88 percent of its express packages on time. Each company averaged over 17 hours in deliver time for those packages. Despite more than double the volume of package deliveries, UPS only earned $10 billion more in revenue than FedEx, at $45 billion dollars.
Even though statistics indicate that UPS has a greater percentage of on-time delivery, PackageFox’s report indicated that FedEx was the preferred shipper for those seeking overall reliability and air delivery. While FedEx Ground offered the most value, it was ranked lower on the satisfaction scale than was UPS. UPS was by far the most-preferred shipper for ground services. For international services, FedEx also was the top-ranked shipper. Price-wise, FedEx Ground was the best, although UPS and FedEx air services shared second place.
According to the Practical eCommerce website, both UPS and FedEx are willing to work with frequent shippers who want to operate their own shipping stations. However, UPS is better for late pickup availability because it is able to offer a single pickup, as opposed to FedEx, which must make multiple trips. UPS also ranks higher in claims processing, due to less red tape. However, when it comes to personal service, the old fashioned United States Postal Service came in first place. And the best part? No extra fees for Saturday delivery.
Lisa Bigelow is an independent writer with prior professional experience in the finance and fitness industries. She also writes a well-regarded political commentary column published in Fairfield, New Haven and Westchester counties in the New York City metro area.