You can’t control the weather

One of the best and worst parts of this business is that there are so many obstacles in the way of getting goods from location to location. It’s great because it truly is never boring in this business but bad because so many circumstances make it extremely difficult to do the job and most of these circumstances are out of our control.

Smaller cargo carriers serving Memphis, including Mountain Air Cargo, also experienced delays, said.

Airport spokesman Glen Thomas said by e-mail, “Our airfield has been under normal operations and we have not experienced any significant issues due to the rain.”

The National Weather Service recorded 4.53 inches of rainfall at the airport on March 9, a record for the date, and 3.43 inches on March 10, another record.

FedEx posted alerts about weather and IT issues on its website at

“FedEx Express experienced substantial flight delays at the Memphis hub due to continuing effects of a massive weather system that is causing extensive flooding. Potential delays are possible for package deliveries across the U.S. with a delivery commitment of March 11, 2016,” one alert said.

Another said, “We apologize for the inconvenience our customers may encounter as we experience difficulties across several areas of our IT systems that are compounded by severe weather-related delays. We are working to resolve the issues as rapidly as possible and have implemented contingency measures to lessen any impact on capabilities and deliveries.”

FedEx ranks No. 2 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest U.S. and Canadian for-hire carriers.


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