In past years, FedEx contractors might have owned home delivery routes, grounds routes, or both. As part of the FedEx transition to ISPs, FedEx requires a single contractor to operate both home delivery routes and ground routes within a given area by Summer 2020.
The process of merging these two segments is frequently referred to as overlap. You may also hear some contractors or consultants refer to it as ISP compliant routes, though this is only one component of ISP compliance. The two merged routes—home delivery and ground—are collectively known as FedEx pickup and delivery (P&D) routes.
There are many benefits to P&D route overlap, but before we dive into those benefits: a quick reminder about what FedEx home delivery and FedEx ground routes look like.
The FedEx home delivery routes:
Primarily deliver to residential households.
Operate Tuesday through Saturday.
Have smaller to medium trucks and boxes.
Have high seasonality (with businesses often making a large part of annual revenue in the four weeks leading up to Christmas).
Ground routes are the other side of P&D routes. FedEx ground routes:
Deliver primarily to commercial businesses.
Feature heavier packages and larger trucks.
Run Monday through Friday.
Have less seasonality than home delivery routes.
Route Overlap Highlights
One of the clearest benefits of route overlap is that it is ISP compliant. By ISP transition completion in 2020, all FedEx contractors will need to operate both home delivery and ground routes in a given geographical territory on a six days-per-week schedule at scale. Most terminals minimum transition scale is 5 PSAs or 500 stops (although those numbers may be lower in designated terminals).
Moreover, overlapped P&D routes are more efficient for contractors as you can schedule your drivers so that they complete both ground and home delivery routes in a more concentrated area. In some cases, this can reduce your fuel and vehicle expenses per route.
Prepare for Overlap and Increase Your Efficiency
As you begin to think about route overlap and the six-day-per-week schedule, consult with us on how to prepare as a contractor.
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