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 SEATTLE, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to the growing needs of its customers for operational solutions, Airborne Express announced today it has introduced Advanced Logistics Services (ALS), a new subsidiary designed to provide flexible, innovative solutions to logistics challenges.
 ALS builds upon almost 50 years of distribution and transportation expertise of Airborne Express and affiliates by "partnering" with customers to provide contract logistics solutions that can help reduce operating costs while improving service levels. This strategy lets customers focus on their core business while ALS concentrates on providing logistics services.
 "Our primary purpose is to help businesses find the most cost- effective and efficient warehousing, inventory control, and expedited distribution services available," said Ken McCumber, vice president and general manager for ALS. "We're hired to develop and implement logistics programs that combine these elements so that they meet our customers business needs, allowing them to concentrate on manufacturing and marketing their products while we overcome time and distance challenges in getting the products to market.
 Headed by a team of logistics specialists experienced in meeting customer distribution needs both domestically and internationally, ALS provides recommendations tailored for individual businesses in four main services: air express shipping for time-sensitive deliveries; ground shipping for "just in time" distribution; warehousing and inventory services; and information management associated with each of these services.
 ALS can also respond to customers temporary needs such as handling product recalls, coordinating return and repair services for computer equipment and assorted high-tech products, and overseeing the distribution of items produced on satellite printers or electronic imaging devices.
 ALS customers have the ability to procure products from around the world, warehouse them, and ship them to their customers without ever taking possession of the products. ALS customers maintain constant total control of their inventory through the use of ALS' state-of-the- art computer system.
 To provide quality solutions, ALS utilizes existing Airborne facilities and services such as the Airborne Commerce Park, a hub-based industrial park at the company's airport in Wilmington, Ohio, and the Airborne Stock Exchange, Foreign Trade Zone and Central Print Center. Customers also have access to same-day delivery services via Airborne's subsidiary, Sky Courier.
 Using the Airborne Commerce Park, companies can establish their own manufacturing or distribution operations -- whether they include air or surface transportation, or a combination of the two. More than 800,000 square feet of warehousing space is already developed and an additional 300,000 to 400,000 square feet could be added each year to meet demands for hub-based distribution services. Customers have the option of accessing ready-built space or working with Airborne to design their own facilities.
 Within the Commerce Park is Airborne's Stock Exchange, an advanced, third-party warehouse and distribution center that provides a number of customized warehousing services with direct access to Airborne Express flights. In fact, the service is so efficient, orders can be processed as late as 2 a.m. Eastern Time for same-morning delivery nationwide. The Stock Exchange currently manages 250,000 square feet of warehousing space located in four of the eight buildings at the Commerce Park. Additional space will be added by the end of 1993.
 ALS customers may also take advantage of a certified U.S. Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) operated within the park. This service allows customers to ship from other countries into the FTZ, where merchandise may be manufactured, stored or processed in a variety of ways while deferring duties and taxes until the product is moved to a domestic location. Customers pay no U.S. duty or taxes if all inventory is subsequently exported out of the country.
 ALS users can also draw upon Sky Courier to provide same-day delivery capabilities in every city across the nation with next-flight- out air express and expedited ground delivery service. Sky Courier is a wholly owned subsidiary of Airborne Freight Corp. (NYSE: ABF) and also operates the company's 40 Regional Stock Exchanges in cities throughout the United States and Canada.
 In conjunction with Airborne's information and technology group, ALS has developed a sophisticated inventory control and processing system that monitors inventory in ALS's possession. This system and ALS's electronic data interchange capabilities allow immediate information and ordering access wherever inventory is stored.
 ALS's next venture is to offer logistics services worldwide. Currently under development by ALS International Director Jim Shutler, the service will provide warehousing and distribution operations to service customer needs initially in Europe, and ultimately in many countries that Airborne serves around the world.
 "ALS pulls together the industry's finest services and resources, so we can offer quality integrated logistics services and management to our customers," said Kent Waggoner, director of U.S. logistics services. "Our goal is to help customers save money and run their businesses more efficiently."
 Airborne Express serves the air express needs of corporate customers with the delivery of time-sensitive documents, letters, small packages and freight throughout the world. Airborne's wide range of products includes next-morning, next-afternoon, second-day and same-day delivery services. In its fifth decade of international service, Airborne delivers to more than 200 countries worldwide.
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 /CONTACT: Lisa Lawless 206-281-1044, or Christopher Kingry, 213-629-4974, both of Airborne Express/

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