May 14, 2014 11:00 AM, EDT
FedEx Opens Package Testing Lab
Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

FedEx Corp. said its TechConnect division has opened a 30,000-square-foot package laboratory to provide testing and design services.

The laboratory can simulate any part of the FedEx network, from desert climates to the rainforest to the Arctic, according to FedEx.

The company said the facility will provide free package testing for FedEx Express, FedEx Ground and FedEx Freight.

The facility allows FedEx to test and design packaging for a variety of products, including perishables, glass, electronics and life sciences to large freight shipments.

“Packaging is a critical part of the supply chain, and the work done in this new state-of-the-art facility will help ensure the safe transportation of our customers’ shipments,” said Cary Pappas, CEO of FedEx TechConnect.

“This new facility is not only a testing and design center, it’s a customer education center. This lab allows our engineers to test and develop new packaging solutions and provide our customers valuable guidance,” Pappas said.

The facility has an altitude chamber, humidity chamber and vibration tables, as well as a forklift course for testing skidded freight.

FedEx Corp. based in Memphis, Tennessee, ranks No. 2 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest U.S. and Canadian for-hire carriers.