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Bulky problem for FedEx as online purchases of furniture rise

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A FedEx distribution centre in New Jersey. Outsized pieces helped drive a 36 per cent surge in FedEx Ground's operating expenses last quarter.

Dallas

CONSUMERS might delight in the ease of front-door delivery for a mattress, trampoline or gym equipment. FedEx Corp, now handling an increasing number of these bulky shipments, has mixed feelings.

As more online shoppers snap up the type of hefty items once brought home in a