FedEx wants the 6 million-plus pounds of perishable goods that come out of Latin America daily to take the trip on its cargo airline. That would mean a lot of flowers flying FedEx.
“South America is all about cut flowers,” said Jerry Hempstead, founder of shipping consultancy Hempstead Consulting.
This summer, FedEx disclosed a pair of new Latin America developments it says will better connect regional producers of fish, coffee, fruits, vegetables and, yes, flowers to U.S. customers. Both center around Colombia, a familiar place for the Memphis logistics giant.
In July, FedEx Express launched a new flight running six times a week between Miami, Bogotá and Medellin. Businesses from the two Colombian cities now have an easier connection to the U.S. by way of FedEx’s Miami Gateway Hub, according to FedEx. That hub, which serves the company’s Latin American and Caribbean markets, can sort 7,000 documents and packages per hour.