What Businesses Are Like UPS and FedEx?

by Mark Slingo ; Updated September 26, 2017
Couriers enable quick delivery service.

Worldwide delivery has seen advances during the period of air travel. Today courier companies rival national postal services in delivering goods around the planet, with express delivery enabling packages to reach opposite sides of the world within a couple of days. UPS and FedEx are two of the world's largest couriers, with only a few other couriers matching the services they provide.

FedEx and UPS Characteristics

FedEx and UPS are among the world biggest package delivery services, also providing specialized transportation and logistical services. They have offices in more than 200 countries around the world and large fleets of vans, trucks and aircraft for conveying the deliveries. Both companies have more than 200,000 employees around the world, used to manage the flow of goods, funds and information.


DHL was founded in 1969. Today, like FedEx and UPS, it has a presence in more than 200 countries and a fleet of trucks and vans for overland deliveries, plus aircraft for air freight. It too caters for managing the flow of goods, funds and information and employs thousands of people around the world. In addition to air and overland freight, DHL also offers ocean freight, showing it has come a long way from humble beginnings shipping papers from San Francisco to Honolulu.

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TNT Express

Matching UPS and FedEx with operations in more than 200 countries, TNT Express began in Australia in 1946 with only one truck. It now is one of the world's leading courier services, operating 26,000 road vehicles and 47 freighter jets. Like its major competitors, it employs thousands of people in 2,300 locations around the world. TNT specializes in the delivery of parcels, documents and other freight items.

The Rest of the Market

The rest of the market is shared by thousands of smaller companies, without the resources that FedEX, UPS, DHL and TNT Express have. The smaller companies have large domestic networks, but utilize other companies abroad when making shipments internationally.

About the Author

Mark Slingo has been a professional writer since 2008. His work has appeared in Forward, ScubaGlobe, Scuba Jedi, "Pattaya Mail" and other publications. Slingo has a Bachelor of Arts in politics from the University of Newcastle and a diploma in journalism from the British College of Journalism.

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