What does fed ex "buying there route" mean anyways?

Discussion in 'FedEx Discussions' started by margaritaville, Jan 30, 2015.

  1. margaritaville

    margaritaville Active Member

    I never want to work there. However i hear their drivers "buy" their route. I also see them parked at the personal home a lot more. Whenever i see a UPS driver parked at his home i assume because his house is on his route. But when i see a fed ex driver parked at his home. I assume he leaves it there overnight?

    I assume you need senority to get a route there too but what is this "buying a route" thing? Was always curious.
  2. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    FedEx Ground drivers are not employees of FedEx Inc. When Ground first started the drivers owned their routes---now they work for a contractor.
  3. I believe Fedex is partly fanchised. They give someone access to the brand, standards for operation, and let them grow the company on their own dollar. Think McDonald's and KFC. To buy your route probably literrally means buying your route. If i understand it correctly, it's still a really crappy deal. Can you make a lot of money as a franchisee for FedEx but many don't.
  4. margaritaville

    margaritaville Active Member

    Interesting so you cant move up in the hub? Or do people that "own" the routes just pay high senority hub employees to drive for them?
  5. FedEx has two divisions. There's FedEx ground (i think) and FedEx express. FedEx Express operates like us with overnight and 2nd day within a corporate structure. FedEx ground works like KFC. You buy the building, the chicken, deep fry it, pay your employees ect.

    Anyway, it's been a long while since i looked into this so i may be off here or there.
  6. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Ground drivers are not FedEx employees.
  7. Nope. Nothing like ups. Drivers are hired off the street. It's somewhere between pizza delivery and being a package car driver but paying less than both. Not a sweet deal.
  8. But hey, it's not hard work either and there zero overtime.
  9. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    They are package car drivers.

    They do the same job that we do.

    They are not paid nearly as much as we are for doing the same job.
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  10. margaritaville

    margaritaville Active Member

    Seems really confusing since more routes open during peak and what not. And lazy drivers who own certain areas and only want to work certain hours a day. The whole thing just seems weird. Happy to be at UPS.
  11. Crazy Diamond

    Crazy Diamond Robot Extraordinaire

    You know what else is confusing?

    There, Their, and They're.
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  12. oldngray

    oldngray nowhere special

    grammar nazi comfort.jpg
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  13. superballs63

    superballs63 Well-Known Troll Troll

    I like fried chicken :) KFC has some really good cookies, too
  14. TooTechie

    TooTechie Geek in Brown

    Fedex Ground operators purchase their delivery areas, then often contract them out to subcontractors. I know a couple who owns 6 route areas and have multiple trucks and employees.
  15. Crazy Diamond

    Crazy Diamond Robot Extraordinaire

    Gonna be about 15 minutes on that extra crispy, sir...

    Can you pull forward?
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  16. superballs63

    superballs63 Well-Known Troll Troll

    Nope, I'll wait right here, thanks :)
  17. HardknocksUPSer

    HardknocksUPSer Well-Known Member

    Please wait while I spit in your chicken sir. :)
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  18. Do Fed Ground & Home delivery drivers load their own trucks? What about FedEx? I can't imagine working PT loading, unloading, or sorting for any of them. Probably make $3.85 an hour. & safety measures? Fuggitaboutit. Never turn off their trucks. Rarely close their bulkhead doors. Do know a couple of them from my pre UPS days doing dock work. Good dudes, but boy do they take it up the wazoo! Time to unionize!
  19. STFXG

    STFXG Well-Known Member

    FedEx Ground/HD isn't all that bad ;)
  20. johnny_hotdog

    johnny_hotdog Member

    I think I saw a fedex ground route for sale a while back. A friend was telling me about it and was considering it. I thought he said it was $80,000 to buy the route but I could be wrong. He aslo said the ad made it seem you would make around $80,000 a year. Now I believe that when you buy a route you are buying the truck and all that as well. But you also have to pay for all your gas and truck maintenace. Plus I do not believe you are entitled to any paid vacation. The drivers are also paid by the piece so the more work they do they more they make. In theory they could make a lot of money but after paying for your truck, no vacation and all that It doesnt sound very good. One of the fedex ground guys I see alot has complained for years to me. He actually just quit a couple months ago.
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