FedEx Express is beginning construction on a new temperature-controlled facility and heavyweight pickup and delivery operation at the FedEx Express World Hub in Memphis, Tenn.
The 88,000-square-foot (8,175-square-meter) facility will interface with Memphis hub operations.
“At FedEx, we offer an outstanding customer experience for those shipping time- and temperature-sensitive goods,” Richard W. Smith, managing director, FedEx Express Life Sciences and Specialty Services, said. “With our new, world-class cold chain facility, we will be able to better manage health care products and other perishables in the event of unforeseen delays, such as clearance holds or inclement weather, and give our customers the peace of mind they deserve when shipping sensitive goods.”
The new facility, which is scheduled to be complete and in operation by the fall of 2014, offers temperature-controlled rooms for frozen, cold and controlled room temperature products. There are also flexible walls that allow precise temperature control and segregation of commodities and real-time CO2, humidity and temperature monitoring.
The features of FedEx’s new building will lead to more precise temperature control of shipments once they leave the aircraft and travel through the Memphis hub.
The FedEx Express cold chain facility is being designed and constructed by Indiana-based engineering and architectural firm MSKTD and Associates, Inc.