In 1973 Yale University graduate Frederick W. Smith founded Federal Express, an airline designed to improve the speed and efficiency of overnight airfreight delivery. Its first night in operation, Federal Express delivered 186 packages to 25 cities using a fleet of 14 small aircraft. This marked the creation of a new market, providing customers access to next-
business-day delivery services. Nearly 40 years later, FedEx remains true to its original vision and purpose, helping more people and businesses around the world connect with the global marketplace.
Today, FedEx handles 9 million daily shipments, connecting more than 220 countries and territories in responsible and resourceful ways. According to Smith, “In a truly global economy, prosperity depends on global connections. We make those connections happen reliably, millions of times every day.”