FedEx cuts back Sunday delivery options

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FedEx Ground will discontinue Sunday deliveries in about 15% of the U.S.

The move, which takes effect Aug. 21, 2022, will mostly affect those living in rural areas.

During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, FedEx ramped up delivery routes to accommodate the surge in ecommerce, adding Sunday delivery via its ground offering to about 95% of U.S. homes. It now says that will be scaled back to about 80% of the country.

Shipping, fulfillment and supply chain management is facing surging labor and fuel costs. Many, including FedEx, have initiated a fuel surcharge on all deliveries, trimming back on profit margins from businesses shipping items to customers who largely expect free and fast shipping.

FedEx Ground is a separate distribution stream that’s distinct from FedEx Express delivery options that include faster delivery options such as 2-day and overnight options. Those services will continue to be available, though there is typically a surcharge for Sunday deliveries.