MEMPHIS, Tenn., Oct. 30, 2012—With less than one month until the official kick-off to the holiday shopping season, FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) is preparing a big delivery intended for small businesses and their customers. For the second year running, FedEx will inject $1 million into the economy by giving away 40,000 Shop-Small® American Express Gift Cards, each worth $25, to consumers via Facebook, which consumers can use at small businesses in their communities. The promotion, a continuation of the company’s support of Small Business Saturday and the small business community at large, is designed to drive customers to local, independent retailers this holiday season, a time of year critical to every retailer’s success.

 

“America’s small businesses are a unique and vibrant part of their local communities and a critical component to the broader health of our economy,” said T. Michael Glenn, executive vice president of Market Development at FedEx. “With our support of Small Business Saturday, we’re helping raise awareness for the importance of shopping small while empowering 40,000 consumers to get engaged in their own cities and towns.”  

 

Entry for the $25 Gift Card give away will be available on the FedEx Facebook page (www.facebook.com/fedex) from 12 a.m. ET on November 1 through 11:59 a.m. ET on November 3. It takes only a few moments to enter, and requires a name, email address and mailing address.  Only one entry will be accepted per Facebook ID. Winners of the 40,000 Gift Cards will be selected at random from among all entrants, and entrants will be notified of their status and provided with a coupon to save $10 on a $20 FedEx Express shipment via email within 10 business days of the close of the entry period. Cards will be mailed to the winners for delivery by November 21. There are no consumer fees of any kind associated with the American Express Shop Small Gift Card. All entrants will be provided with a coupon to save $10 on a $20 FedEx shipment.

 

In addition to the Gift Card giveaway, FedEx Office® is once again serving as a supporter of Small Business Saturday. With an offer for free printing of two 11x17 Small Business Saturday posters, FedEx Office aims to help independent retailers attract sales with attention-grabbing signage – a critical factor in driving foot traffic according to a 2012 study from FedEx. Small business owners can visit shopsmall.com/fedexoffice now to access the Small Business Saturday posters that can be printed at no charge at local FedEx Office® Print & Ship Centers. Small business owners will also receive an additional discount printing offer when they pick up their free poster orders, providing access to even greater savings as they prepare for the busy holiday season. For additional details on accessing the free print offer from FedEx Office, visit shopsmall.com/fedexoffice.

 

For additional information on the FedEx Gift Card give-away, visit fedex.com/giftcard. For more on Small Business Saturday events and the Shop Small movement, visit www.shopsmall.com.

 

About Small Business Saturday

November 24th marks the third annual Small Business Saturday, a day to support the local businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods around the country. Small Business Saturday (SBS) was created in 2010 in response to small business owners' most pressing need: more customers. More than 2.7 million Facebook users, 230 public and private organizations, 75 corporations and elected officials in all 50 states and Washington D.C. declared their support for SBS last year. More than 500,000 small business owners leveraged an online tool or promotional materials for SBS and 15,000 businesses signed up for free Facebook advertising to promote their products and services in the run up to SBS. American Express is a founding partner of SBS.

 

About FedEx Corp.

FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services.  With annual revenues of $43 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world's most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 300,000 team members to remain "absolutely, positively" focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. For more information, visit news.fedex.com.

 

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