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CCJ Top 250: There's a new top dog in package delivery

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Updated Oct 4, 2021

See the full 2021 CCJ Top 250 list here

It's hard to imagine that a carrier with 36,000 tractors and 132,000 trailers isn't the top fleet in its segment, but for FedEx's position on CCJ's Top 250 list, that's long been the case ... until now. 

FedEx sling-shotted past delivery rival UPS, and now sits atop our annual rankings. 

The package segment was among the biggest winners (and saviors) in the depth of the pandemic, moving loads of personal protective equipment (PPE), vaccines and international release shipments in what FedEx founder Fred Smith said "has been perhaps this company’s finest hour."

All carriers in the package delivery space reaped the benefit of an acceleration in e-commerce, riding the explosion to record quarterly and/or annual revenues. And while this segment is the smallest on our annual ranking, each of the four carriers listed (FedEx, UPS, DHL and Spee Dee Delivery) moved up compared to last year's list. 

"We not only posted record earnings, but also created 20,000 new jobs worldwide," said Frank Appel, CEO of Deutsche Post DHL Group.

The U.S. domestic parcel market is expected to surpass 107 million packages a day in calendar year 2022, with e-commerce contributing 88% of total U.S. market growth. Excluding Amazon volume, the U.S. domestic parcel market is expected to be 72 million packages a day in calendar year 2022.