E-commerce drives FedEx investment at Perth Airport

Express arm doubles capacity and injects leading-edge technology

E-commerce drives FedEx investment at Perth Airport
Kim Garner says e-commerce boom means upgrade is crucial.


FedEx Express has opened a new 3,000 square meter facility at Perth Airport.

More than twice the size of the previous facility, FedEx says the new site’s close proximity to the Perth cargo terminal, along with better highway entry points, improves ability to retrieve and distribute freight.

It features an automated cargo sorting system with the capacity to sort up to 3,000 packages per hour, and new processing, combined with improved functions, to load and unload shipping containers, and a state-of-the-art parcel processing systems.

The investment comes in response to e-commerce growth that has seen a rise in the purchase of international goods among Australian businesses and consumers, including in the Perth area.

FedEx notes 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 forecast 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," FedEx Express Australasia MD Kim Garner says.

"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 Australia also has facilities in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra Gold Coast, Melbourne and Sydney.

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