FedEx Express has opened four new stations in North Rhine-Westphalia, the most populous German state. The new facilities have compelled the courier company to increase their workforce in the region by 25%, creating 150 more jobs, in addition to the 600 already in the area.
With the addition of the four new stations, FedEx now operates almost 50 facilities across Germany. The stations act as small distribution centres for shipments from regional customers and are sorted on site before being delivered throughout Germany, Europe and worldwide.
Carl Graham, Managing Director of Operations at FedEx Express Central and Eastern Europe, said the expansion was intended to boost both proximity to customers and service flexibility: “[Germany’s] economic focus on exports in key industries such as chemicals, engineering and automotive means that it has to depend on reliable logistics service providers. We offer companies quick and reliable connections to their international trading partners and, in doing so, promote growth in the region,” he commented.
DHL, one of FedEx’s largest competitors, is headquartered in Bonn and will no doubt be observing the US-based courier’s further expansion into the region with interest.