FedEx Jumps Aboard France's TGV

A consortium plans to offer express parcel service to points in Western Europe using high-speed trains. German tracks may derail idea of overnight service

One side-effect of the world of modern logistics is that Germany's national postal service can hardly afford to use trains to move packages these days. The former state-owned enterprise is forced to keep up with a pace set by competing courier services who use cargo jets and vans to deliver their goods, and that pace is clearly defined: Overnight delivery is considered the standard in express shipping. But freight trains are hardly able fit the bill when it comes to guaranteed next-day delivery.

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