Thousands of independent contractors have worked for a giant carrier and cargo forwarding corporation for years and they still are. However this corporation itself is undergoing strategic changes and have set up its independents in alternate businesses like selling FedEx ground routes. The systems is run by FedEx ground with thousands of routes.
These have been around for years and have made the carrier one of the best in the industry. However, contractor work can be grueling and for many, the job that they can do can actually work better when run by others. There are also local carriers that may want these, and the corporation has allowed the lease or sale of their ground systems.
When sold, the carrier can replace them with alternates. The number of these available has made it one of the fastest in deliveries for the trade, but redundancies and contractors have made the routing top heavy in some areas. You may find your options at the ready right on the site that the corporation runs online.
These may be particularly non working or less efficient items now. This is partly because of contractor demands for more benefits, which they could not because they are independent of a regularized work force. This means that when successful in their suits, the contractors can have years and years of added benefits.
That for the company at large is something to study closely and try to make contingencies for. In any case, many of their franchised independents can now sell their own parts of the logistics network. This can let them have the benefits that they demand without the company paying up too much on their compensation demands.
This process may or may not turn the tide for both contractors and their employer. Even so, there are many other businesses that want these routes for their own use. The system has been built up to serve distribution networks, and consumer points of reference for transferring goods, documents and other vital items.
Most of the system is run by contractors anyway, so they might as well get the benefits of those systemic parts they have been using. The freedom to choose between converting their routing is there, and they could certainly immediately benefit from the sale. They work with both their corporate managers as well as independent middlemen.
There are several of these firms, and usually they are also financial corporations. They buy and sell with equity and can therefore provide the light at the end of a tunnel or those operators with cash or liquidity problems. The non working parts are prime examples and priorities even for their overall systems managers.
You can lease or buy the vehicles or parts of equipment that is found on what you bought. There are also offices and the equipment found in them. The as is, where is rules often apply for those who buy any one route as an entire all in package, which for the money might really be more useful for a new business.