Global transportation company FedEx Express has opened a new state-of-the-art facility at Perth Airport to give WA customers greater access to its global network.
The new 3000sqm facility is more than twice the size of its previous Perth facility.
Located near the Perth cargo terminal, it offers better highway entry points, improving FedEx’s ability to retrieve and distribute freight.
The facility includes an automated cargo sorting system to meet the fast-growing demand for express cargo.
It has the capacity to sort up to 3,000 packages per hour, allowing inbound and outbound shipments to be processed faster. The new processing, combined with improved functions to load and unload shipping containers and state-of-the-art parcel processing systems, will significantly boost efficiencies.
The growth of e-commerce has seen a rise in the purchase of international goods among Australian businesses and consumers – and Perth is no exception.
Australian retail e-commerce sales are tipped to reach A$14 billion by 2018, a 46% increase from 2015. This represents 5.6% of all Australian retail sales, according to eMarketer.
“FedEx is making strategic investments in the physical infrastructure and technology that will support e-commerce and SME businesses in Australia, as well as our B2B customer base,” said Kim Garner, managing director, FedEx Express Australasia.
“In Perth alone, our road fleet has doubled over the past decade. Our enhanced facility in Perth is in direct response to Australia’s e-commerce boom and by improving efficiencies, we will connect more West Australians to international markets.”
FedEx has been operating in Perth since the 1990s. FedEx Australia also has facilities in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra Gold Coast, Melbourne and Sydney.
FedEx Express is the world's largest express transportation company, providing fast and reliable delivery to more than 220 countries and territories.
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