FedEx Corp will raise rates for FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery by a net average 4.9% next year, matching the 2011 increase.

Reuters reports that FedEx and its larger competitor, United Parcel Service, have been successful getting rate increases because of high demand for their services brought on by many shippers' lean inventory policies.

"The value we provide to customer supply chains, especially as speed and information can replace working capital and inventory, is even more important in today's economic environment," said FedEx spokeswoman Carla Boyd.

In November, UPS announced similar rate increases for small packages delivered by its Ground and Air services in 2012.

In September, FedEx said it would raise rates beginning in January for its FedEx Express service by a net average of 3.9 percent, and 6.75% for FedEx Freight services.