FedEx take on busiest day in company history

By Freddie Pierce
Today is forecasted to be FedExs busiest shipment day in the companys history, with a projected 19 million packages expected to move through the FedEx...

Today is forecasted to be FedEx’s busiest shipment day in the company’s history, with a projected 19 million packages expected to move through the FedEx networks.

FedEx have been preparing for almost a year for the busy holiday season, when approximately 20,000 seasonal personnel will have their hands full on “Busiest Day,” supporting systems that will process more than 200 packages per second.

T. Michael Glenn, executive vice president of Market Development at FedEx said: “The spirit and drive of our team members, backed by the efficiency of our networks, will help us deliver what we expect will be a record-breaking 280 million packages through our global networks between Thanksgiving and Christmas, up 13 percent from 2011.”

Majority of Volume Surge from Online Shipping

Increased e-commerce spending is directly contributing to record holiday FedEx volumes and a 10 percent year-over-year increase in volume from 2011.  The majority of these shipments will enter the FedEx Ground and FedEx SmartPost networks.  FedEx SmartPost works with online retailers and cataloguers—businesses that traditionally see increased sales during the holiday season—to ship high volumes of lighter shipments to residential customers.

Monday, December 10, will also serve as “Green Monday,” a term coined by eBay to describe the best sales day in December and traditional kick-off to the heaviest online shopping week of the year. In 2012, online holiday sales are forecasted to climb 17 percent compared to last year, according to eMarketer.  

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