Holiday Express: FedEx Moves Record 9.8M Packages Monday

FedEx is reported to have handled a record 9.8 million packages moving through the FedEx Express and FedEx Ground networks on Monday, Dec 18,  its busiest day in history, as shoppers sought to get their Christmas presents delivered on time. 

The number of packages shipped Monday was 63% more than FedEx handles on a normal day (The average volume throughout the year is more than 6 million packages daily) and was up 10% from the 8.9 million packages on its busiest day last year, Dec. 19, 2005.(USA Today reports

Other shippers also are busy delivering the gift packages in time for the holidays:

  • The U.S. Postal Service estimated it handled 900 million pieces of mail Monday, 34% more than it typically handles on an average day, 

  • UPS expects to make 21 million deliveries today, its busiest day of the year.

The rise from last year is in part because of an increase in online shopping: 

  • Some 43% of shoppers said they planned to buy online this holiday season, compared with 36% last year, according to a survey by consulting and market research firm Retail Forward. 

  • More planned to use catalogs, too: 16% vs. 13% last year.

FedEx expects between 6 million and 7 million tracking requests online this week, more than twice the usual volume, as customers check to make sure packages make it to their destinations.

FedEx employs a dedicated staff of 15 meteorologists to help monitor the winter weather and adjust the routes as necessary.

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