Due diligence process.

How to do a Due Diligence for FedEx routes



Many Buyers often ask me how to do a due diligence.  The due diligence is typically a 30 day or less window where the Buyer takes reasonable steps in order to satisfy a legal requirement, especially in buying or selling of a business. It’s a comprehensive appraisal of a business undertaken by a prospective buyer, especially to establish its assets and liabilities and evaluate its commercial potential.


FedEx Ground has 2 unique components about the business:


  • There are no accounts receivable! The Contractors are paid weekly by FedEx into their bank account. Contractors receive weekly settlements which are impossible to fake.  At the end of the year, they also receive 1099 from the company.
  • Few moving expenses: All Contractors have very few moving parts to their business.  Your common expenses and how to verify them include:
  • Payroll
  • Payroll Taxes
  • Truck & Workman’s comp insurance
  • Fuel
  • Maintenance
  • Scanner rentals (P&D only)
  • Truck rentals
  • Uniforms
  • Drug Testing
  • DOT Physicals
  • Professional Fees (CPA or Attorney)
  • Bank Fees


Payroll Verified with W-2
Payroll Taxes Verified with W-2
Truck and Workman’s Comp Verified with insurance invoice
Fuel Verified on settlements or credit/bank card
Maintenance Verified with Monthly/ Quarterly Maintenance Records
Scanner Rentals Verified with Scanner invoices
Truck Rentals Verified with settlements and receipts