- Mar 23, 2006
- Total Time
- a lot
A few years ago when Fedex was just starting to offer ground service, most of the stuff going to and from the west coast was flown. This was because on the wast coast they did not have an effective ground network in place. With in 1 year, they trucks were in place and the freight was trucked.
The difference between the Fedex and DHL situations is for Fedex it was a temporary solution while the network was being built. For DHL it is standard practice with no real evidence of a real ground network being built.
The key is a reliable ground delivery network on which to base the ground system. To date, DHL has not been able to make the old Airborne's ground delivery net work using the IC's. They must first resolve that before they will be able to build a customer base and a ground system. If they fail to get reliable delivery to the customer....