FedEx Corp. has announced the official launch of its new long-haul less-than-truckload service, FedEx National LTL. At the same time, the company formally launched direct LTL services in Canada through the newly-formed FedEx Freight Canada, which will handle LTL shipments moving into and out of Canada and intra-Canada shipments.
Management stated that the addition of these services, combined with the regional service provided by FedEx Freight, will offer a more comprehensive solution for LTL customers. FedEx National LTL and FedEx Freight Canada were created through the acquisition of the business assets of Watkins Motor Lines and Watkins Canada Express in 2006.
According to the company, it has hired almost 9,000 employees and rebranded equipment in order to integrate its regional and long-haul services. FedEx National LTL also has re-engineered its operations to focus on the long-haul market with a scheduled network, similar to its operations in the regional market. FedEx believes that there is presently a gap in the long-haul market for services that offer a higher level of consistency and on-time performance.