FedEx Trivia Quiz to do at your leisure.
Match as many as possible, some acronyms used for
multiple projects thru fedex history. You may want to print this.
a. POLARIS b. RED c. MARS d. GENESIS
e. DIAMOND f. DADS g. COSMOS h. ZODIAC
i. D01 j. MSDS k. ZAPMAIL l. COSMOS Squared
m. STAR n. SUPER o. PowerPad p. GOCC
q. COSMOS IIb r. COSMOS IIa s. COSMOS IIc
1983 Project to capture zipcodes from overnite letters on a conveyor belt
|Program to scan all packages at customer loc|
mid 1980's project to scan airbills and send by satellite to remote locations for data entry
Palm sized device developed for low cost Cust Automation device by SIS
|Capture airbills and dimension of packages and upcharge|
|Program to transmit customer letters in 1 hour|
|time card entry|
|Replacement of more powerful SuperTracker device|
|Integration of flight and operations data on one screen/unix|
|Mainframe app for central dispatching & Call Center function|
|Program to scan airbills at station & OCR overnite in MEM|
|Program to scan all packages @ station & HUB|
|System to dispatch drivers by computers in Vans|
|System that would proactively track packages on routes thru FedEx system and know when they are misrouted|
|Early system to capture airbill info and key in Memphis|
|First system to put intelligent modems and system in Network|
Proj Name to put overhead scanners in MEM and capture zip code so keyers weren't needed.
|System to consolidate info for HUB|
Proj Name to integrate capture of all Package data before midnite to plan flight and sort operations and deliveries
FedEx Trivia Answers:
i D01 -1982 Project to capture zipcodes from overnite letters
on a conveyor belt; Images were captured from overnite
letters and sent to keyers remotely to enter zip code;
project prototype was successful, but main contractor
went bankrupt during 1st phase installation. That is how
we inherited 2 Perkin Elmer computers to use in the Superhub.
q COSMOS IIb -Program to scan all packages at customer loc
Using SuperTracker to scan packages and transmit via
DADS or Smartbase for processing by COSMOS
b RED- mid 1980's project to scan airbills and send by satellite
to remote locations for data entry; Poor regions of the country
like coal mining areas were envisioned for key locations; project
did not meet schedule and was the last of the projects to be
named a color.
s COSMOS IIc Palm sized device developed for low cost Cust
Automation device by SIS; code named Sally B after Jim
Barksdale's wife; it was successful, but prices of PC's had
dropped so fast, there were just a few hundred dollars diff
in buying one of these vs a fully functioned PC
j MSDS- Capture airbills and dimension of packages and upcharge
One of the most financially successful projects ever.
k ZAPMAIL- Program to transmit customer letters in 1 hour; not
a financial success. Volumes never went over 55,000 per day.
m STAR- time card entry and reporting
o PowerPad- Replacement of the SuperTracker with more powerful dev.
Project championed by Winn Stephenson. Initially DGO wanted
to use a Palm, a Newton or anything off the shelf, but
eventually Motorola won the bid over Symbol
p GOCC-Integration of flight and operations data on one screen/unix
One of the first major Unix and router projects at FedEx. Used SUN.
g COSMOS - Mainframe app for central dispatching & Call Center function
d GENESIS-Program to scan airbills at station & OCR overnite in MEM
I believe the corresponding proj to scan the airbills in Memphis for
billing was DCI
r COSMOS IIa- Program to scan all packages @ station & HUB
First ever project to use bar codes for tracking packages. Used
the Norand HHT
f DADS - System to dispatch drivers by computers in Vans
A major project of the 80's championed by Jim Moore. It
put FedEx over 15 years ahead of UPS technology.
l COSMOS Squared- System that would proactively track packages on routes thru
FedEx system and know when they are misrouted
a Polaris - Early system to capture airbill info and key in Memphis
c MARS- First system to put intelligent modems and system in Network
Championed by Ancel Hankins to keep availability up in stations
h ZODIAC-Proj Name to put overhead scanners in MEM and
capture zip code so keyers weren't needed. SIS project to
increase capacity in the SuperHub. Proj cancelled when it
was decided to fix capacity in Mem
n SUPER- System to consolidate info for HUB; it used Tandem computers
e DIAMOND- Proj Name to integrate capture of all Package data before
midnite to plan flight and sort operations and deliveries for the next day