FedEx Drops NRA Deal

FedEx was one of the major companies that chose to stick with its National Rifle Association affinity program following the Parkland shooting, unlike an array of firms including United Airlines, Hertz, SimpliSafe, Symantec and host of others. Now, though, the Memphis-based shipping giant is dumping the NRA.

But FedEx claims it has nothing to do with what happened in Pittsburgh.

The change of tack comes just days after a gunman killed 11 people in a Pittsburgh synagogue. The $56 billion logistics company says the closure of its NRA discount program from Nov. 4 has no connection to that incident or any other shooting. Rather, the NRA just didn’t bring in enough business to merit its own deal. It’s among dozens of organizations FedEx plans to move to new pricing programs, and the company has been notifying customers since early October.

So it was all just a coinkydink that FedEx chose this week to announce the move.

This is a Bloomberg report, so author John Foley naturally concludes that the FedEx announcement and the earlier cancellations mean the NRA is no longer big and intimidating enough to fend off moves like this. The name on the web site is also why you get a paragraph like this:

Gun-rights lobbyists have resisted both technology that could make firearms safer and no-brainer efforts like making more federal data on firearms incidents readily available. But companies are becoming less timid. When retailers Dick’s Sporting Goods, Walmart and Kroger pledged to end sales of assault rifles earlier this year, their shares didn’t suffer. As customers and investors change their views, businesses no longer need to take an overtly political stance – they can just follow the money.

 

54 COMMENTS

  1. Dick’s revenue did suffer. Plus, as the article conveniently forgets, Dick’s wasn’t known for selling ARs and other modern rifle platforms. If in years past, you went to Dick’s to buy an AR, you were probably either ignorant or somewhat retarded.

      • Dick sporting goods inc does not have “soaring stock prices 2016 34.25 USD , 2017 60.28 – good year , today 35.37 and an all time low in November 2017 24.48= not doing so well research is easy try it .

  2. “As customers and investors change their views, businesses no longer need to take an overtly political stance – they can just follow the money.”

    Riiiight.
    That’s called the free market system at work. But… The unwritten part of the author’s thought stream is that politics always follows the money… and the power. And the administrations of large corporations do the same. When the clic groups of MSM and huge corp. business leaders start rewriting the rules of engagement for “fair” business practices with the help of elected authoritarians, well, what could go wrong with that?

    Bloomberg, Soros, Emmanuel, Clinton (both), Como, de Blasio…
    I tried to reach these folks for a comment, but they were attending the quarterly meeting of Ego Mastrubators Non-anonymous.

    • “When the clic groups of MSM and huge corp. business leaders start rewriting the rules of engagement for “fair” business practices with the help of elected authoritarians, well, what could go wrong with that?”

      Its economic fascism and we have had it for quite a while now. The free market isnt really free at all.

  3. I only ship by USPS, but I’ll make extra note to never ever use FEDEX for anything. I’m still stuck using UPS for anything that demands a street address… sad mail is still a fucked up mess in a first world nation.

  4. …I wasn’t aware that being an NRA member would get me a discount with FedEx.

    Is anyone responsible for promoting this stuff?

    • How many of us, NRA members knew about all those special deals we supposedly had before we lost them? How many of those who knew actually used them? I, for one, never did.

    • I say this only because as a fat, lazy democrat I really need the money I make sucking iff all the conservatives. Hey at least I’m still getting food stamps and welfare. The packer sucking money goes straight to my relatives in Honduras. ¡Gobble gobble!

  5. So I gather it is now legal for companies to discriminate against particular groups because of their “beliefs”.
    Where is the ACLU vis-a-vis these discriminatory practices that are allowed to continue?

    Yes more gun control for those gun owners who have not violated the law. And how many legal gun owners hve committed gun-related crimes? Can we have that number appear on the front page of the NY Times…oh, that’s right, they choose not to print all the news that they feel is not right to publish.
    Ban alcoholic drinks and rid society of drunk drivers …

    We best get our collective butts together and realize THEY are winning this war.

      • and he was a responsible gun owner… right up until he wasn’t.

        So what’s your point? Criminals do criminal things. The deterrent from other legal carry “law abiding” citizens and right to self defense outweighs the crazy fucks shooting up places 100:1.

        Don’t act like you’ve never gone 5mph over the speed limit or ran a red light. But you can legally operate a motor vehicle and continue to…

        • So in your eyes commiting a negligible traffic offense is the equivalent of killing 11 defenseless people in cold blood. Got it.

      • See? Even you realize the problem even if you’re too obstinate to take one more step and see the solution. You said 11 “defenseless” people. What of they weren’t defenseless? What if they shot back?

      • LOL GOP,

        And every man who has never attacked anyone was a law-abiding citizen right up to the moment that he first raped a woman.

        Should we require all men to wear a locked device around their genitals in order to ensure that they don’t rape women?

        Better yet, how commonplace does rape have to be before we require all men to wear a locked device around their genitals?

        • No. That’s literally the stupidest thing anyone has ever written (and that’s saying something in these parts). Take your false equivalencies and go home, choad. Oh, and please keep feeding me. Your tears sustain me!!!

        • Tears? What tears? I have never seen GOP members acting like petulant children in the streets and on national tv after O’bama was elected. Only tears I see are shed by special snowflakes on liberal side.

          NRA lost a discount because nobody used it anyways. Big f-ing deal. We don’t cry over every small slight because it hurt our feeeelz.

      • And every Muslim terrorist is just a Muslim until they run over people with trucks, stab people with knives, shoot up gay night clubs, etc.

    • Reading comprehension 101: The NRA can do as much business as it wants with FedEx, it just doens’t get a discount that is made available to large shippers. Ever notice how much you pay to ship anything FedEx in comparison to the amount companies pay for sending goods to you? Same same.

  6. Wouldn’t it be great if shipping companies only cared about how much the package weighed and when you wanted it to arrive? Like they used to? Oh well. I shall go express my disappointment in FedEx by going with UPS and by being rude to FedEx drivers.

  7. Add FedEx to the list right along with Dick’s, Home Depot, etc etc….

    and the NFL. Eventually some jackass will start laying flat on the ground for the national anthem to advocate gun control, and of course, it won’t be racially motivated at all…

    I guess what I am saying is all these businesses have the same thing in common. They lack the ability to keep their fucking mouths shut and do business. Quit involving your opinions and political affiliations and do your fucking job.

  8. “This is a Bloomberg report, so author John Foley naturally concludes that the FedEx announcement and the earlier cancellations mean the NRA is no longer big and intimidating enough to fend off moves like this.”

    Well, aren’t they no longer intimidating? Who exactly are they ‘scaring’ into keeping mum on gun control? The idiots are louder than ever, and their strongholds more brazen in restricting rights.

    Huge kudos to Trump for not randomly bringing up bump stocks after the shooting again; if the NRA was responsible for this I’d love to hear it so I can thank them too. Kinda doubt it though. Still, the plan was to announce the regulation after midterms, for some unknowable reason, so the jury’s still out.

    • I have.
      They tried to deliver package with some propellant requiring signature three times at 9AM, while I was at work. Then they just said they tried twice while I was sitting home waiting for the FedEx truck that never showed up.
      No, they would not hold it at any of their stores, since it’s haz mat. No, they will not deliver afternoon or evening when I’m home. Screw FedEx!

  9. If a company can’t discontinue an NRA discount within several days of a mass shooting without you guys politicizing it, they’d have to keep the discount indefinitely. There’s always another shooting.

    • Here I was thinking it was the Foly guy at Bloomberg who was politicising it as indicator of the NRA becoming paper tiger.

  10. UPS will be next. The liberals plan to stop home delivery of ammo. Tomorrow, I will order my shipping department to delete all Fed Ex software and to only ship UPS. UPS will soon follow, then we are screwed.

  11. fed ex made a b.s. excuse to end what was a probably was a rather rather profitable relationship, i will my ammo shipped another way!!

  12. Oh well FedEx drops NRA. Reminded me I needed to join NRA. Well i won’t support those companies. Haven’t been to Dick’s since they were a dick about people’s right to purchase certain guns. I don’t own any of those in question but that a personal choice and those guns are not what kills people people kill people! Next you’ll have to ban cars knives anything else that somebody uses to kill someone. Bye fed ex!

  13. Alright, I have to agree with Fedex on this one. About a month ago NSSF let us know that Fedex was wrapping up the majority of its group discounts (including NSSF) for the same reason. Individual companies can still get the volume break, but it’s based on how much volume each customer does as opposed to the whole group.

  14. Oh well, guess its time to consider other shippers for my business.

    I use FedEx to the tune of $8 -10K annually, as my primary shipping carrier. After reading this, not any more!

    Of course this won’t be hurting them at all, but combined with others of like mind, it would be catastrophic in terms of business loss for FedEx.

    Hey, I’m doing my part! I hope others will too..

  15. Now doesn’t seem odd that they drop NRA because of lack of shipping, I don’t think so, they are just joining their left wing buddies. I’ll just make sure I don’t ship with FED-EX.

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