Well depending on what part of the world you are in.. Express and Ground have started using the same exact PPAD(scanning device) except the software is different. So..is it a cost cutting measure? Gearing up for a merger? I don't think its cost cutting, as the software(express side) runs slower, lags more, and these new units with GPS/WIFI/Cell have issues sucking down the battery in a full day. cell signal is dropped continually during the day. and who knows what GPS is doing since we can't utilize it on our end. Of course if FedEx is favoring a Part-time workforce then the battery issue is a non issue.