FedEx released its annual economic impact report, analyzing the company’s worldwide network and role in fueling innovation during its 2023 fiscal year (FY 2023). Produced in consultation with Dun & Bradstreet, a leading provider of business decisioning data and analytics, the study demonstrates the positive impact FedEx has on individuals and communities around the globe — otherwise known as the ‘FedEx Effect.’

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“FedEx has helped shape global supply chains and the e-commerce revolution over five decades by transforming the way businesses exchange goods, services, and ideas — all while continuously exceeding the evolving needs of our customers,” said Raj Subramaniam, President and CEO, FedEx Corporation. “This report underscores our significant contributions to the economy and dedication to making a positive difference in the communities where we operate.”

The economic impact report reveals that FedEx contributed more than $80 billion in direct impact to the global economy in FY 2023, despite recent economic pressures. This activity reflects the scale of the network FedEx has developed and the company’s ongoing efforts to enhance its innovative services that help businesses of all sizes connect with customers and strengthen their operations.

AMEA impact

FedEx Express serves more than 100 markets across the AMEA region. The economic impact study found that with its extensive network, FedEx Express contributed 0.3% of net economic output in the Transportation, Storage, and Communications sector in the region during FY 2023. Across all sectors of the AMEA economy, FedEx Express contributed 0.02% of total net economic output, which grew approximately 6% in FY 2023 to $44 trillion.

The company’s impact also included $2.7 billion in indirect contributions to the regional economy in FY 2023. Among specific industries in AMEA, FedEx Express indirectly contributed an estimated $1 billion to the critical $9 trillion Manufacturing sector. The company’s indirect contribution to the Transportation, Storage, and Communications sector was estimated as $772 million.

“The AMEA region has an increasingly prominent position in the global economy. We are committed to supporting the growth we are seeing here by investing in our facilities and network. Both directly and indirectly, our work supports a growing number of jobs in the wider economy, and we want that to continue,” said Kawal Preet, President, Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa region, FedEx Express. “Our focus is on our customers and creating greater access to the possibilities that global trade brings. We believe that creating an even more connected and sustainable future will strengthen the FedEx Effect for team members, customers, suppliers, and communities across the region.”

The FedEx economic footprint in the region continues to grow.

  • FedEx spent $3.7 billion with suppliers in the AMEA region in CY 2022.
  • FedEx supplier spending makes a significant contribution to the small- and medium-sized business (SAM) market. The number of small business jobs supported by FedEx supply chain spending increased the most in AMEA and Europe, with both regions recording a 19% increase. In AMEA, 50% of FedEx supply chain spending went to SAMs. 
  • FedEx Express announced plans to invest in additional capacity by establishing the new South China Operations center in Guangzhou.
  • FedEx opened several new facilities in the region, including a new pickup, delivery, and self-pickup/drop-off station in Taiwan; a new warehouse in Batam, Indonesia; and a new domestic hub in Adelaide, Australia that also supports international air freight shipments.
  • Our newly opened FedEx air gateway at Incheon International Airport in South Korea has double the package-sorting capacity of the previous facility and additional refrigeration chambers to support cold-chain shipments.
  • FedEx Express is digitizing its operations to develop its smart logistics network. This includes investing in an artificial intelligence-powered sorting robot at its South Pacific regional hub in Singapore in December 2022.
  • FedEx announced plans to open its first Advanced Capability Community (ACC) in Hyderabad, India to support the development of technological and digital innovations that enable FedEx to provide even greater value in the global supply chain ecosystem.

Giving impact

The report reveals that FedEx donated $58.6 million globally in FY 2023 to charities and local non-profits in the communities where its team members live and work. In AMEA, this includes environmental programs, childhood education, entrepreneurship, and healthcare initiatives to help improve lives. In April 2023, more than 1,000 FedEx volunteers and their families across 22 AMEA markets participated in 50 days of Caring undertaking a variety of sustainability and environmental-protection activities, including tree plantations, beach, and park clean-ups, and hosting educational seminars on eco-living/eating, waste segregation, road safety, and sustainable logistics.

FedEx is committed to connecting the world responsibly, through its stated goal of achieving carbon-neutral operations by 2040 and pursuit of investments in renewable energy to power its operations. FedEx celebrated 50 years of operations on April 17, 2023. The company has the most extensive transportation network in the world, providing services to more than 220 countries and territories. Additionally, FedEx employs over 500,000 people across more than 5,000 facilities and moves approximately 14.5 million packages per day.

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