FedEx versus UPS Infographic

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What a great concept for a graphic. This graphic, provided by Package Fox, tells of the difference between UPS and FedEx. It’s a common dilemma many people find themselves in. They want to ship a package and can’t decide whether they should go the FedEx route or the UPS route. The charts and figures in the graphic present a nice comparison of the two.  First, it examines the slogans.

At the moment, FedEx’s slogan is “The World on Time.” UPS counters with the more playful “What can Brown do you for you?”  Which one do you like better? I personally think the UPS one sticks out in your mind more. The companies are fairly close to each other from a revenue standpoint, with FedEx bringing in a cool $35 billion a  year and UPS bringing in only $10 billion more than that. UPS has more daily shipments, has more packages delivered on time, and has many more ground vehicles than FedEx. What’s interesting is that FedEx actually has more air vehicles, with 694 jets compared to UPS’s 268 jets. This fact that UPS has about 5 times the amount of ground vehicles seems to easily make up for this discrepancy.

A few other interesting tidbits: UPS has a larger fleet of alternative fuel vehicles, but FedEx has almost a hundred more hybrid vehicles. The final two charts in the graphic prove two axioms unequivocally.

–FedEx rules the air, while UPS rules the ground. More consumers and large carriers use FedEx for air and international shipping, but they turn to UPS when they want to deliver a package to Aunt Sally a couple of states away.

–FedEx is the most reliable and, according to the last chart, offers the most value in terms of ground shipments.

To gather the data for this graphic, PackageFox turned to Morgan Stanley, the FedEx and UPS annual reports, and a few other sources. Overall, I found this graphic to be very impressive. The charts were displayed in a compelling way, and the information and analysis was thought-provoking.

5 Comments on “FedEx versus UPS Infographic”

  1. 1 Marshall said at 11:39 pm on January 19th, 2011:

    FedEx rocks. I used UPS to deliver some books that I had bought online. The box along with the book cover was totally damaged. I contacted UPS to see what they can offer and to my disappointment, there were not willing to do anything. I have never had any problem with FedEX, but FedEx is more expensive. As they say, you get what you pay for.

  2. 2 Phil said at 4:03 am on January 20th, 2011:

    This is brilliantly done. love the illustrations and the sheer amount of information. I love how they lead you on a journey from the obvious stats finishing at the unusual stats or the ones you really want to know at the bottom. good all round!

  3. 3 Dan Leatherman said at 12:08 pm on January 24th, 2011:

    This infographic is awesome but I’d like to see damaged packages comparisons. I’ve had two UPS packages damaged in the last week (of the same thing) and the FedEx one came just fine. Tasty looking graphic!

  4. 4 Jim LeRose said at 1:17 am on January 26th, 2011:

    I was very surprised to see FedEx 88% on-time vs. UPS 91% – that’s a huge difference. Where did that come from? Very well done!

  5. 5 Rob Rudolf said at 5:11 pm on January 26th, 2011:

    Can you provide the source of the on-time performance for each carrier? It would be interesting to know the source and also the on-time service performance for Ground services. In addition, is there information on each carriers respective revenue growth YOY for past 3 years?

    PS, in the text below the document, it references FedEx bringing in a cool $35 million. It’s actually $35 billion as mentioned in the document.