2014 Annual Report

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The strength of our portfolio.

When it comes to shoes, FedEx helps Allen Edmonds put its best foot forward with a sophisticated global sourcing and distribution network powered by the FedEx portfolio of solutions.

“The breadth and depth of the FedEx portfolio makes my job easier,” said Terry Howell, Allen Edmonds’ supply chain manager. “It’s hard to think of a supply chain challenge that FedEx can’t help me solve.”

In 2012, the Port Washington, Wisconsin–based manufacturer asked FedEx what it could do to streamline the shoemaker’s supply chain. The company had to get its products to market faster. Through an expanded retail network and aggressive export strategy, demand was surging — especially in China, Europe and South Africa, where Made in America goods are hot.

Enter FedEx District Sales Manager John Whittington and an entire team of FedEx logistics and automation experts. “If Allen Edmonds could source a raw material anywhere in the world, we knew we could get it to Port Washington in two to three days,” Whittington said.

“With our more aggressive growth strategy, we needed a more aggressive shipping strategy,” Howell said. “With our prior carrier, there was a set shipping schedule, and we had to organize our production facility around it,” said Dave Barber, vice president of Systems and Technology at Allen Edmonds. “FedEx created a shipping program to meet our schedule.”

The Allen Edmonds Port Washington factory now echoes with nearly relentless noise and activity. Jobs there are growing at a 50 percent annual clip — since 2010 the company added more than 300 cobblers. Craftspeople carefully inspect leather, fasten shoe uppers to lasts, and attach Allen Edmonds’ famous cork footbed to each Goodyear-welted shoe, all before final packaging and shipping.

The result of this productivity? Twenty percent year-over-year revenue growth. As men around the world continue to dress better, Allen Edmonds is well positioned for the future.

A bundle of value.

Customers using all three FedEx transportation companies account for 75 percent of U.S. revenues. About 96 percent of U.S. revenues is generated by customers who use two or more operating companies.

Like Allen Edmonds, more customers than ever rely on FedEx for multiple solutions ranging from air to ground to ocean. As a result, our portfolio is a competitive advantage for a customer and adds tremendous value for FedEx.

  • By operating independently, our focused networks can fine-tune their operations to deliver the best service and reliability for customers.
  • By managing our solutions as a portfolio, we make it easy for customers to meet any global business challenge that comes their way.

FedEx solutions at every step of the supply chain

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