Part of a portfolio of services that balances speed and cost, the FedEx® International Connect Plus (FICP) service helps global e-commerce businesses offer the delivery times customers want and the affordable pricing that gives their business an edge.
FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corporation and the world’s largest express transportation company, has further expanded access to FedEx International Connect Plus (FICP), its international, day-definite e-commerce delivery service, making it available to customers in a total of 25 European countries with connections to 130 markets worldwide. After a successful launch in Italy and the United Kingdom in January 2021 and an expansion to an additional eight countries—Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, and Sweden—in June 2021, FedEx expanded access to its FedEx International Connect Plus (FICP) service in March this year, making it available in an additional 14 countries: Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, Romania, Slovenia, and Switzerland. Now connecting almost 90% of the world’s GDP, FICP enables e-commerce sellers to deliver, grow their reach in Europe and abroad, and thrive. Businesses will be able to ship their products to online shoppers in Europe in 1-3 days, North America in 3-4 days, and in Asia-Pacific and the rest of the world in 3-5 days* at attractive rates, improving their competitiveness in the market.
Our FedEx International Connect Plus service is competitively offering a day-definite service, balanced with an appealing price for e-commerce sellers.”
— Eser Sezek, Vice President of Ground Operations for South East Europe, Israel & Turkey, FedEx Express
“Worldwide e-commerce sales are expected to exceed $5 trillion in 2022 and grow to over $7 trillion in 2025,1 creating many opportunities for European businesses,” noted Wouter Roels, Senior Vice President of International Marketing at FedEx Express Europe. “With the latest extension of FICP to growth markets in eastern and northern Europe, FedEx Express is supporting businesses on their growth journeys by connecting them to more customers in global and intra-European markets.”
The Covid-19 pandemic radically transformed the retail landscape, triggering growth in both domestic and cross-border e-commerce sales. Consumer research in 40 countries worldwide shows that, in 2020, 37% of e-commerce shoppers bought more cross-border due to the pandemic. Furthermore, 28% agreed or strongly agreed that, in the future, they will buy more online from retailers based abroad. Asked about several elements of the delivery process, consumers indicated satisfaction levels for delivery speed were lowest.2 In addition, 71% of consumers would pick an online retailer that offers flexible delivery options over one that doesn’t.3
“Although the pandemic accelerated the pace, at FedEx we have been working and investing in e-commerce capabilities for years,” said Eser Sezek, FedEx’s Vice President of Ground Operations for South East Europe, Israel and Turkey. “Our FedEx
International Connect Plus service is competitively offering a day-definite service, balanced with an appealing price for e-commerce sellers. The service is now available in Greece, a country that saw a staggering 77% growth of B2C e-commerce growth in 2020,4 leading the e-commerce growth path in Europe.”
FICP comes with the reliability of FedEx’s international, day-definite delivery, coupled with FedEx’s customs clearance expertise and tracking capabilities. This allows e-commerce sellers to provide reliable delivery estimates and send out notifications and affords shoppers more control over when, where and how they receive their shipments, including clear package tracking and the flexibility to change the day and location of deliveries via the FedEx Delivery Manager®, allowing them to enjoy a level of visibility, convenience and security over their online orders that is not available with most shipping options.
E-commerce businesses and consumers can find out more about FICP by visiting www.fedex.com/el-gr/shipping/rates/ficp-rates.html.
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1 Global Ecommerce Forecast 2022 – Insider Intelligence Trends, Forecasts & Statistics (emarketer.com)
2 Cross-Border E-Commerce Shopper Survey 2020 | Statista
3 E-commerce Delivery Compass 2021/2022 – Sendcloud