Comparsion between UPS, DHL and FedEX

UPS, DHL and FedEX are three of the largest transportation companies consignments (packets) and logistics in the world. Every day millions of packets are delivered in almost every country in the world, and these companys are the three main competitors in this type of service.

But when the time of making a decision about using this kind of service comes, is quiet difficult, because the three ones are very positioned and recognized, and they definetly do pretty well their job. So, because of thath and many other reasons, I decided to talk about the comparsion between this three big brands, to clarify what specifically are the specialties of each of these companies and select a service appropriately according to the needs of everyone.

 UPS (United Parcel Service)

In 1907 in the U.S. there was a great demand for private and delivery services. To help meet this need, James E. (“Jim”) Casey borrowed $ 100 to a friend Claude Ryan and settled in Seattle (Washington) The American Messenger Company. UPS uses trucks instead of planes to deliver packages to more than 800 km of overnight.

Now Is one of the largest shipment and logistics companies in the world. The American Global package delivery company is headquartered in Sandy Springs, Georgia, que is part of the Greater Atlanta metropolitan area. UPS delivers more than 15 million packages a day to more than 6.1 million customers in more than 220 countries country and territories around the world.

UPS’s primary business is the time-definite delivery of packages and documents worldwide. In recent years, UPS has extended its service portfolio to include less than truckload transportation (primarily in the U.S.) and supply chain services. UPS reports its operations in three segments: U.S. Domestic Package operations, International Package operations, and Supply Chain & Freight operations.

UPS is known for its brown delivery trucks and uniforms, hence the company nickname “Brown”. UPS also operates its own airline and air cargo delivery service based in Louisville, Kentucky. The new UPS logistics lets you operate regardless of the actual size of a business. You can design a product, get a prototype and have it on your desktop in a matter of days and also trying to use the flow of goods as a competitive advantage.

Supply Chain & Freight
Supply Chain & Freight includes UPS’ forwarding and contract logistics operations, UPS Freight, and other related business units. UPS’ forwarding and logistics business provides services in more than 175 countries and territories worldwide, and includes worldwide supply chain design, execution and management, freight forwarding and distribution, customs brokerage, mail and consulting services. UPS Freight offers a variety of less than truckload and truckload services to customers in North America.

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FedEX (Federal Express)

FedEx Corporation is an American global courier delivery services company headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee in 1971 by Frederick Smith.

FedEx Express is the original overnight courier services, providing next day air service within the United States and time-definite international service. FedEx Express operates one of the largest civil aircraft fleets in the world and the largest fleet of wide bodied civil aircraft; it also carries more freight than any other airline. FedEx is organized into operating units, each of which has its own version of the wordmark design in 1994 by Lindon Leader of Landor Associates, of San Francisco. The Fed is always purple and the Ex is in a different color for each division and platinum for the overall corporation use. The original FedEx logo had the Ex in orange; it is now used as the FedEx Express wordmark. The FedEx wordmark is notable for containing a hidden right-pointing arrow in the negative space between the “E” and the “X”, which was achieved by designing a proprietary font, based on Univers and Futura, to emphasize the arrow shape

World: Memphis, TN
Asia: Hong Kong
Canada: Toronto, Ontario
Europe: Brussels, Belgium
Latin America: Miami, FL
David Bronczek
President and CEO
Annual Income (FedEx Corp): $ 35 billion (U.S. $)


Worldwide Air Fleet:

FedEX has a Total Aircraft of 654 worldwide , their Average Daily Volume Packages are more than 3.4 million daily worldwide and Air Cargo volume: More than 7.0 million pounds per day. The FedEX employees are more than 140,000 worldwide.


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DHL Express is a division of the German logistics company Deutsche Post DHL providing international express mail services. Deutsche Post is the world’s largest logistics company operating around the world. DHL is a world market leader in sea and air mail.

Originally founded in 1969 to deliver documents between San Francisco and Honolulu, the company expanded its service throughout the world by the late 1970s.

Deutsche Post began to acquire shares in DHL in 1998, finally reaching majority ownership in 2001. Following the completion of the purchase in 2002, Deutsche Post effectively absorbed DHL into its Express division, while expanding the use of the DHL brand to other Deutsche Post divisions, business units and subsidiaries. Today, DHL Express shares its well-known DHL brand with other Deutsche Post business units, such as DHL Global Forwarding, DHL Freight, DHL Supply Chain, and DHL Global Mail.

Deutsche Post owns five airline subsidiaries operating for DHL Express, operating a total of 96 aircraft and another 21 aircraft on orders. A survey in Asia ranks first among DHL air express companies and logistics in 8 cities and continues to invest in its operations.

DHL thinks attack FedEx and UPS and provide better service and lower rates. It is the second largest market in the EU-China air cargo, with a 29% and is better established in the Asian market that UPS and FedEx.


In general terms we can say that the three ones are very efficient, because inspite of the big competition, they have still continued operating sucessfulyy, but big difference between them is tha they have their own speciality, like UPS is emphasized in the land delivery, FedEX is emphasized in the air delivery and DHL is a kind of a combination of the both. So now you can differentiate between this big three companies.


And to show you the big competition that exist between these three big brands, here is a DHL’s funny advertising video, hope you like it.


One thought on “Comparsion between UPS, DHL and FedEX”

  1. that is really intereting! now i faced a probem with GLS company which cannot final bring my parcel here to spain. i think the best one anyways is DHL.

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