FedEx Express has opened a major new freight facility in Perth Airport, Western Australia, approximately 3,000 m2 in size. At more than twice the size of the previous facility, the new site’s close proximity to the Perth cargo terminal, along with better highway entry points, is said by Fedex to improve its ability to retrieve and distribute freight.
FedEx says it is investing in advanced logistics at the facility, including an automated cargo sorting system to meet the fast-growing demand for express cargo. The new facility has the capacity to sort up to 3,000 packages per hour, allowing inbound and outbound shipments to be processed faster. The new processing, combined with improved functions to load and unload shipping containers and innovative parcel processing systems, is expected to significantly boost efficiencies.
The growth of e-commerce has seen a rise in the purchase of international goods among Australian businesses and consumers, including in the Perth area. Australian retail e-commerce sales are tipped to reach $14 billion by 2018, a 46 per cent increase from 2015. At this point, e-commerce retail sales are forecasted to account for 5.6 per cent of all Australian retail sales.
“FedEx is making strategic investments in the physical infrastructure and technology that will support e-commerce and SME businesses in Australia, as well as our B2B customer base” said Kim Garner, Managing Director, FedEx Express Australasia. “In Perth alone, our road fleet has doubled over the past decade. Our enhanced facility in Perth is in direct response to Australia’s e-commerce boom and by improving efficiencies, we will connect more West Australians to international markets.”
FedEx has been operating in Perth since the 1990s and also has facilities located at Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra Gold Coast, Melbourne and Sydney.
“We are delighted to welcome the new purpose built FedEx facility to the Perth Airport estate,” said Kevin Brown, Chief Executive Officer, Perth Airport. “Due to our close proximity to Perth, and links to major road network infrastructure, we are confident that FedEx will be able to grow their business and service their customers efficiently.”