New Central and Eastern Europe Hub Installation will Nearly Double Company’s Solar Generation

FedEx Express, today broke ground on its largest solar facility and first outside the U.S., when it began construction of its new Central and Eastern European gateway at the Cologne/Bonn, Germany, airport. The hub is slated for completion in 2010.

"Moving to Cologne enables FedEx to plan effectively for the future," said Robert W. Elliott, president, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Indian subcontinent, FedEx Express. "With the availability of space to expand and more flexible night flight regulations, we have found innovative and practical solutions to meet the needs of our customers worldwide."

The facility will be equipped with new ramp, freight and sort facilities with a fully-automated sort system that will cover a floor space of approximately 50,000 square meters. FedEx opted to build its new hub in Cologne because of the region's excellent freight transport infrastructure and the central location of the airport within Germany and Europe.

In addition, the Cologne hub installation will be a 1.4-megawatt (MW) solar power system and will generate approximately 1.3 gigawatt hours of electricity per year"equivalent to the annual consumption of 370 households. Solar panels, fitted to the roof of the new ramp and sort facilities, will cover a total surface area of 16,000 square meters.

"On-site renewable energy generation has been extremely efficient and successful for FedEx, and we are continuously looking for new investments," said Mitch Jackson, director of environmental affairs and sustainability. "The solar-energy installation at the Cologne hub will nearly double FedEx's use of on-site solar energy."

The Cologne hub solar installation joins a growing list of FedEx on-site renewable energy investments. In August 2005, FedEx flipped the switch on a solar-electric system at its regional hub in Oakland, then California's largest such rooftop system. In its first three years, it has provided more than three million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of clean energy, avoiding the release of more than 1,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions. The system can provide approximately 20 percent of the facility's total electricity needs and can meet 80 percent of its peak load demand.

Most recently FedEx Freight completed the installation of solar-electric systems, supplied by BP Solar, at facilities in Whittier and Fontana, California. The three California systems generate 1.5 megawatts (MW) of clean energy, avoiding the release of 2.9 million pounds of CO2 emissions each year.

In Europe, FedEx's use of on-site renewable energy expands beyond solar. In Geneva, Switzerland, a FedEx station uses a system of pipes running deep into the ground to warm the building's air in winter and cool it in summer. The system reduces the facility's reliance on gas for heating or freon for cooling and therefore, requires less energy to operate.

 

New Pricing Takes Effect Jan. 5, 2009

ATLANTA, Oct. 17, 2008 - UPS today released new list rates for 2009, including an average increase of 5.9 percent for UPS Ground packages and an average net increase of 4.9 percent on all air express and U.S. origin International shipments.

UPS Freight announced a general rate increase of 5.9% for 2009.

The rate increase for air express and international shipments is based on a 6.9 percent increase in the base rate, less a 2 percent reduction in the air and international fuel surcharge index.

The new rates will take effect on Jan. 5, 2009.

Updated rate and service information will be posted on ups.com/rates beginning Oct. 24, 2008. On Dec. 18, customers can download the 2009 Rate and Service Guide on the site. 

UPS is the world's largest package delivery company and a global leader in supply chain and freight services. With more than a century of experience in transportation and logistics, UPS is a leading global trade expert equipped with a broad portfolio of solutions. Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., UPS serves more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. The company can be found on the Web at UPS.com.

Bangalore, Karnataka, India -- DHL, the world’s leading express and logistics company, is expanding its business within the SAARC region with an integrated product portfolio that will bolster transportation and trade between SAARC nations. DHL is the first logistics player to foray into this key SAARC segment and plans to service the estimated €120 million Express market share in the region.

Malcolm Monteiro, Senior VP & Area Director, South Asia, DHL Express, said, “As a trade facilitator and a leader in the logistics business, we believe in the business potential within the SAARC region. With increasing logistics spends, it is only prudent that trade lanes be further developed.”

“India, with an annual trade growth rate of nearly 22% in SAARC region exceeds the world growth rate which grew 18.6% during FY01-FY05. This underscores India’s potential to be a significant player in the region” he added.

DHL through Blue Dart has also started a new surface line service called ‘Road Express’ which is offered exclusively within India – Bangladesh trade lane. This service was used during the Cricket Tri – Series, where broadcasting equipment was transported to both Bangladesh and Pakistan.

DHL also recently launched a premium guaranteed money back service - Express 10:30 to Pakistan, Sri Lanka & Bangladesh. This service ensures that the shipment reaches customers before 10:30 a.m.

These unique packages allow you to choose your destination, mode of delivery and delivery date with products like Express Worldwide DOC and Express Worldwide NDOC, fastest international door-to-to door delivery of documents and parcels respectively. These products offer better cost management and are beneficial to customers who are looking at expanding into newer markets.

DHL with its set of innovative logistics solutions will help achieve quicker transit times, better customer service through online track and trace, one invoice, door-to-door delivery and special SAARC zone pricing. These services use DHL’s enhanced infrastructural support to gain direct connections to key SAARC countries – Pakistan, Sri Lanka & Bangladesh.

It has been observed that trade can considerably increase once trade barriers are lifted. According to the AT Kearney study in 2007, with implementation of NAFTA, ASEAN & EU in 2003, trade grew by 44%, 49% & 63% respectively since implementation. With increasing oil prices and global financial volatility, the focus is fast shifting from globalisation to regionalization. In this context developing trade lanes and improving the inter-connectivity by air, land and sea amongst the SAARC countries is of great importance.

During the last few years, DHL Express has made substantial investments of over USD 300 million towards the development and upgradation of its network infrastructure including 5 gateways in Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi, Chennai and Kolkata. Over 150 retail outlets give DHL unmatched reach and accessibility. A state of the art, Quality Control Center, and large shipment-processing areas aim at providing seamless express and logistics service solutions to Indian exporters.

About DHL India

DHL India offers customers comprehensive logistics solutions through their four business units: DHL Express, DHL Global Forwarding, DHL Exel Supply Chain and Blue Dart. Through the four business units, customers have access to tailor-made end to end solutions in express, air and ocean freight, supply chain solutions and customs clearance. With investments in world class service centres, biggest retail presence, gateways and warehouses, DHL services more than 50,000 customers across India.

BUFFALO GROVE, IL -- A growing number of owners and managers of small transportation businesses indicated, during the second quarter of 2008, that they are experiencing inflationary pressures and have therefore raised prices, according to the latest Small Business Research Board (SBRB) study released here today.

Of the owners and managers responding to the nationwide quarterly SBRB poll co-sponsored by International Profit Associates, 51% reported that they are experiencing inflationary pressures. 70% of those who responded said they are raising prices, 30% are adding or increasing shipping/handling costs and 25% are renegotiating customer pricing agreements.

With regards to the general economy, 56% said they expect a worse economy. This was an increase of 14 points from the 42% reporting in the first quarter of 2008. Of the same respondents, 38% believe their revenues will increase. This is a decrease of 20 points from the previous study. In addition, 28% plan to increase hiring and 38% expect revenue increases in the next 12 months.

The Small Business Research Board currently reports that its Transportation Industry Small Business Confidence Index (T-SBCI) is set at 26.33, a decrease of 15.33% over the first quarter of 2008. The T-SBCI remains consistent with the overall SBCI. The outlook for the general economy, revenue growth and hiring expectations are the three key indicators used to determine the SBCI.

The overall SBCI, during the second quarter of 2008, for all U.S. small businesses was 30, a new historical low and a decrease of 13.67 points from the prior period. The historical SBRB SBCI high occurred during the first quarter of 2005 when the SBCI hit 52 points. The previous historical low was during the fourth quarter of 2007 when the SBCI fell to 33.67 points.

More than 1,000 small business owners participated in the nationwide poll.

The universe of participants is developed from among small businesses across the United States. The SBRB study is a voluntary survey conducted quarterly.

The Small Business Research Board ascertains and reports the opinions of small business owners and managers on a wide variety of topics related to their own businesses as well as national and international issues that may impact their operations. The SBRB conducts these studies for the benefit of small business owners and managers. The SBRB also provides opportunities for third parties to gain real time insight into the attitudes of small businesses nationwide through the independently conducted research.

More information can be found at www.ipasbrb.com.

International Profit Associates, Inc. (IPA) is the largest privately held provider of management consulting services to small and medium-size businesses in North America. IPA, and its more than 1,800 professionals, offers a wide range of proven and innovative methodologies to help businesses grow and prosper regardless of the economic cycle. IPA either provides directly, or through its affiliated companies, a comprehensive array of business advisory services, tax and estate planning services or merger, acquisition and other financial advisory services in the United States and Canada. More information about IPA can be found at www.ipa-iba.com.

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