DALLAS -- FedEx Office (formerly FedEx Kinko’s), an operating company of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX), today announced the introduction of free, unlimited Wi-Fi access at most of its U.S. locations. As of today, customers will find the free Wi-Fi service provided through AT&T* at more than 1,000 FedEx Office Print & Ship Center locations throughout the U.S. The remaining rollout of the company’s free Wi-Fi service is scheduled to be completed by the end of the month. Provided courtesy of FedEx Office, this new offering will help busy professionals connect to the Internet from a location that is conducive to working on the go and offers convenient access to business support services.
Free Wi-Fi access is a significant resource for mobile professionals and small businesses, many of which already rely on FedEx Office for printing and shipping services each day. In fact, according to a March 2010 survey conducted by AT&T, nearly eight in ten small businesses (79 percent) report using Wi-Fi connectivity to conduct business-related activities. Another 68 percent say they use Wi-Fi-enabled hotspots more now to access data than they did two years ago.
“How and where people are working has evolved dramatically over the past several years thanks to technology innovations,” said Kim Dixon, executive vice president and chief operating officer, FedEx Office. “At FedEx Office, we continuously strive to enhance the customer experience in our stores. We are delivering on that commitment with the launch of free Wi-Fi service at more than 1,600 locations across the country, while better meeting the needs of small business and mobile professional customers who work remotely.”
Delivering Computer Services for Over Two Decades
Today, FedEx Office continues to be a leading retail provider of computer rental and Internet services. The company first introduced its computer rental service in the mid-1980s and later began offering high speed Internet access in 1997. In 2003, FedEx Office became one of the first retailers to provide a fee-based Wi-Fi service to customers. The company’s current portfolio includes rental computers with popular software packages, FedEx Office LapNet – a wired laptop docking and printing solution – and now free Wi-Fi access.
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Thailand Stages a Comeback Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Microsoft Surface: Potential Winners & Losers What are the implications for the electronics industry supply chain of Microsoft Corp.'s decision to launch its own tablet PC? Join industry veteran and EE Times' systems and OEM expert Rick Merritt on Tuesday, July 3, at 12:00 pm EDT for a Live Chat on this subject.
Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
While no one really can accurately predict the future, we can take guidance from another Drucker saying which is the best way to predict the future is to create it.
You've heard the saying "the No. 1 supply chain risk is your people." That hasn't always been the case. But today's complex global supply chain requires a new type of multitalented employee. It's one who understands, finance, marketing, economics, is savvy with technology, graceful with relationships and can think analytically.
Where are these people? Are universities properly preparing the next generation supply chain professionals? How do train your existing workforce for these new, demanding positions?
Brian Fuller, editor-in-chief of EBN, will lead a 60-minute Avnet Velocity panel discussion that will ask and answer these and other questions swirling around today's supply-chain talent challenges.