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  •  FedEx is provides insurance with no changes (7+ / 0-)

    FedEx is a great company and values its employees.

    This is one reason why I ship FedEx. And the fact that they are fast, reliable and dependable.

    All around good company... unlike UPS.

    UPS has tried to undercut everyone every way they can.

    One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. --Carl Jung

    by bronte17 on Tue Aug 27, 2013 at 01:40:12 PM PDT

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    •  Does your hymn of praise include FedEx Ground? (2+ / 0-)
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      I hear it's two companies -- one name.

      76.7% of all statistics are made up.

      by threegoal on Tue Aug 27, 2013 at 02:02:13 PM PDT

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      •  Fedex Ground is a subsidiary of Fedex. (0+ / 0-)

        Same company.

        •  Fedex Ground is almost totally contractors (3+ / 0-)
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          the employees who deliver priority deliveries work for Fedex.

          The ones who deliver the stuff you bought on are working for themselves.

          Through early morning fog I see visions of the things to be the pains that are withheld for me I realize and I can see...

          by Keith930 on Tue Aug 27, 2013 at 08:20:18 PM PDT

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          •  True (0+ / 0-)

            My sister in law drives for FE Ground.  No bennies, she was complaining about it just last night.  But she doesn't work for herself, she works for a company that contracts to FedEx.  So no sweet tax breaks, either.l

            I don't know what's been trickling down, but it hasn't been pleasant---N. Pelosi

            by Russycle on Sun Sep 01, 2013 at 12:41:31 AM PDT

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      •  FedEx Ground - UGH (0+ / 0-)

        I try to avoid having things sent to me via FedEx Ground. The operation runs on the premise that you'll be home between 9 and 5 on a weekday.

        Worst. Business Model. Ever. (at least for a working stiff)

        Have you ever been to Alaska? It's like the The Road Warrior with snow. - Chris Rock

        by El Payo on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 12:09:33 PM PDT

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        •  You can send to a FedEx store (0+ / 0-)

          I send packages  to be held at a FedEx store. No worry about things left on doorsteps!

          We can safely abandon the doctrine of the eighties, namely that the rich were not working because they had too little money, the poor because they had too much. JK Galbraith, 1991

          by Urban Owl on Sat Aug 31, 2013 at 07:10:38 PM PDT

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        •  usps for small boxes to large - still best buy and (1+ / 0-)
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          excellent delivery AND you get to support OUR postal system!

          EdriesShop Is it kind? is it true? is it necessary?

          by edrie on Sun Sep 01, 2013 at 01:18:12 PM PDT

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          •  Yes! Yes! Yes! (0+ / 0-)

            When Amazon ships to me using the Postal Service I get the stuff within TWO DAYS, using the FREE SHIPPING option.  When I sell on eBay I ship using the Postal Service and can print the postage online PLUS get FREE Delivery Confirmation thrown in.  You simply can't beat the USPS for quality and economical service.

            UPS and FedEx on the other hand are HORRIBLE.  The drivers NEVER ring the bell--they simply note in their log "no one home" so they can check off another "delivery" for the day.  Once they have made their allotted number of "deliveries" for the day they can go home.  Plus it takes a minimum of a week to get anything delivered ground service, whereas ALL USPS (Postal Service) mail goes by air and gets anywhere in the country within three days.

            I'm not sixty-two—I'm fifty-twelve!

            by Pragmatus on Thu Sep 05, 2013 at 05:26:18 PM PDT

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      •  You're correct (1+ / 0-)
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        I have a friend who was a FedEx ground contractor and they buy the route and service it.

        Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011) Voting is a louder voice than a bullhorn.

        by Rosalie907 on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 12:13:34 PM PDT

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    •  Why don't you ship using the US Postal Service? (46+ / 0-)

      I ship using Fed Ex, but only for certain things.  Whenever possible I try to send things through the post office.  

      That's one more thing to add to my long list of small problems. --my son, age 10

      by concernedamerican on Tue Aug 27, 2013 at 02:32:11 PM PDT

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    •  Fed ex is not unionized to my knowledge. (7+ / 0-)

      He who would trade liberty for security deserves great customer service.

      by Publius2008 on Tue Aug 27, 2013 at 03:01:16 PM PDT

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      •  and CEO (4+ / 0-)

        is virulently anti union to boot

        "There can be no peace so long as hunger and want are found among millions of working people and the few, who make up the employing class, have all the good things in life." Preamble to IWW Constitution

        by ca union goon on Tue Aug 27, 2013 at 06:53:49 PM PDT

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      •  UPS drivers are...and their contract drives the (2+ / 0-)
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        industry wage standards.  UPS drivers work very hard for the money, to quote Donna Summer.  They are paid pretty damned well, but are the most intensively "industrial engineered" workforce out there.  Every motion, every footstep they measured.  They sweat bullets, and they always smile and are always friendly.

        It's the golden handcuffs.  Good wages...Orwellian scrutiny by the bean counters and industrial engineers.

        Through early morning fog I see visions of the things to be the pains that are withheld for me I realize and I can see...

        by Keith930 on Tue Aug 27, 2013 at 08:26:14 PM PDT

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        •  That's not why they work so hard.... (0+ / 0-)

          When I was loading trucks at UPS, many moons ago, everything was measured, yes, but with a purpose.  For example, a driver's route was calulated at, say 9 hours.  If you finished in 8, you were paid for 9.  Finish in 9, and all ok.  Finish in 10, consistently, and you were an ex-UPS driver.  

          The harder you worked, the better you did.  Unfortunately, when I was a loader, more than 30 years ago, you were part of the Teamsters contract, and could join the union.  Best paid part time job ever.  Some years ago they cut away the loaders as part of a price negotiation: and loaders are making not much more now than I did 32 years ago.

          To avoid starting dumb wars, punish the dumb people who vote for them.

          by joesig on Sun Sep 01, 2013 at 10:07:00 AM PDT

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      •  They're not (0+ / 0-)

        UPS is and of course USPS too.

        Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011) Voting is a louder voice than a bullhorn.

        by Rosalie907 on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 12:18:07 PM PDT

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    •  Fed Ex gave 2 million to the Republican party (0+ / 0-)

      in the 2012 election according to Jim Hightower's newsletter The Lowdown.

      Tracy B Ann - technically that is my signature. If I had Bill Gates money, I'd buy Detroit.

      by ZenTrainer on Tue Aug 27, 2013 at 08:25:57 PM PDT

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    •  Why not just use the USPS? (1+ / 0-)
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      Unless a person has a business and has negotiated lower rates, the least expensive way to ship small packages is still the USPS.  We can't let the private companies win.  We must support the post office.  

      •  Agreed, NeORKathy. (0+ / 0-)

        For that very reason, I try to always use USPS as well.

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        by nomandates on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 10:28:14 PM PDT

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      •  I have no problem with private companies.. (0+ / 0-)

        ..but I still use USPS when I ship small items.

        I use them because they're the most cost effective way to do so.

        And they don't knowingly break the law.

        True story.

        I used to have a Federal Curio & Relic collector's firearms license.

        What this did was let me purchase firearms that are either at least 50 years old or on the ATF's Curio & Relic list directly from wholesalers or importers via mail order.

        Federal law states that all firearm shipments are supposed to be shipped 'Adult Signature Required'.

        I ordered 2 Russian bolt action rifles that the wholesaler shipped to me via UPS.

        Imagine my surprise when I got home from work and found the box with the guns sitting on my doorstep.

        I checked online and I had 'signed' for the parcel in the middle of my shift.

        It was all I could do to resist the temptation to call up the regional BATF&E office to register a complaint against UPS.

        If the guns had been stolen while I was at work, I certainly would have, along with filing a police report and an insurance claim against UPS.

        As it was, when I called UPS customer service to complain (I didn't mention what was in the package), I got a 'we don't really care' attitude from the CSR.

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