FedEx roundup: 76 tons of aid delivered for Ukrainian refugees, FedEx Office adds digital notary service – The Business Journals

On any given week, FedEx could make a significant announcement due to its global reach.
For example, it could reveal plans to invest $200 million at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, or note that its subsidiary, FedEx Logistics, has chartered a vessel for the first time.
Last week, with March nearing its end, the delivery services giant detailed several notable moves. Learn about them below, in our FedEx roundup.
For nearly 30 years, FedEx has worked with Direct Relief, the nonprofit humanitarian aid organization. In August 2020, after a devastating explosion in Beirut, it partnered with the group to get 60 tons of supplies into Lebanon. And in June 2021, it collaborated with Direct Relief to get 1.35 million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine to Toluca, Mexico.
Now, with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine displacing millions, FedEx is again working with the nonprofit.
According to a press release, FedEx and Direct Relief have delivered 76 tons of medical aid for Ukrainian refugees in Poland. The supplies — shipped on a FedEx Boeing 777 aircraft — included an emergency field hospital donated by the State of California, as well as trauma and wound care medications, chronic disease medications, oxygen concentrators, and COVID-19 antiviral tablets.
Items were provided at the request of Ukraine’s Ministry of Health.
“We are grateful to be able to use our global network to donate logistics support for organizations like Direct Relief, who have deep experience in sourcing and delivering critical supplies in times of crisis,” said Karen Reddington, FedEx Express regional president of Europe, in a press release. “What’s happening is having a devastating impact on so many lives, including our own Ukrainian team members, and we remain committed to helping.”
Last week, FedEx founder and CEO Fred Smith was among a small group of company chiefs who met with U.S. President Joe Biden, and some of his top staffers, to discuss the invasion. FedEx has also committed over $1.5 million in support to those impacted by the war, and suspended services in Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus.
Though the company has said it doesn’t expect the suspensions to have a material effect on its earnings results, it’s acknowledged that the broader conflict could. According to its latest quarterly report, things like further sanctions, embargoes, regional instability, airspace bans, and increased tension between the U.S. and countries where FedEx operates, could all take a toll.
As president and COO Raj Subramaniam said on a Q3 earnings call earlier this month:
Rather than tracking down a notary, a new partnership could intrigue those looking for a quick, remote way to get a document notarized.
According to a press release, FedEx Office has launched a new service called FedEx Office Online Notary, through a partnership with the online notarization provider Notarize.
The offering will provide fully digital notarization services available around the clock for small businesses and consumers, who can easily upload documents from a computer, smartphone, or tablet, and connect with a commissioned notary via video.
A completed transaction costs $25, along with $10 for each additional seal that’s required.
The move comes after demand for mobile notaries increased substantially amid the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the National Notary Association, searches for mobile notaries on its “Find a Notary Public” page increased by 1,750% in 2020.
This isn’t the first time Notarize has partnered with a major company. In October 2019, the Boston Business Journal, MBJ’s sister publication, reported that it had partnered with Dropbox Inc. to make its online notarization services available to all users of the cloud-based file storage and sharing software.
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