FedEx Express is due to open four new stations, three to be situated within the Basque region of Spain with the fourth being on the south-east coast in Alicante. The European expansion will increase movement within their Spanish network, creating approximately 32 new job roles throughout the additional stations. This growth will expand on the 90 new stations FedEx has already positioned within Europe.
The courier company has said the Basque country is depicted as one of the most constantly developing areas of Spain with regards to business interest. There are around 158,000 businesses positioned in this area, in places such as San Sebastian and Vitoria. The expanding network will give customers within this area the opportunity to ship worldwide with expected transit times of one or two working days.
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There is now a demand in the export market for local businesses since the Spanish economy has started to recover. FedEx can see this increasing demand, seeing that the Basque region reached 13.8 billion Euros last year, a 5.4% increase from the previous year. FedEx Express began operating with Spain back in 1989 and now has employed approximately 445 people there. With their local headquarters based in Madrid, FedEx has a gateway at Barajas Airport which links to its main European hub at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport.
FedEx will be creating 12 new jobs within their Alicante station where more than 129,000 businesses are currently based. Businesses based in this area are in industries such as textiles, shoe, marble and toy manufacturing. Within the first eight months of 2013, exports from this particular area were said to have been valued at a staggering three billion Euros.
Senior Manager of Operations for FedEx Express Spain, Ian Silverton, has spoken of how the company will be offering its expertise to local Spanish businesses: “Now we are even better placed to give our customers the local expertise they need to go grow their businesses globally.”
Silverton has also commented on the advantages in opening stations in the Basque region and Alicante: “The Basque business community has made a name for itself for driving research and innovation, creating a thriving business community with a strong entrepreneurial spirit.” He also described Alicante as being “known for its strong industrial research and development.”