Busiest Shipping Day

Monday, December 13, 2010 - 7:54am

With more shoppers doing their holiday shopping online, Fed-Ex anticipates today will be their busiest shipping day ever.

This season of giving has been a great one for retailers so far, despite the sluggish economy.

Holiday spending is up significantly this year.

More people are spending more money in retail shops or pointing and clicking to find the perfect present on-line.

With shopping up, so is shipping.

Fed-Ex expects today to be the busiest 24-hours in company history.

As many as 16-million packages are being processed through their system, which is double the volume of a normal day and an increase of almost 13-percent over the busiest day last year.

Fed-Ex expects to deliver more than 220-million parcels this holiday season.

Big brown is seeing green, too.

UPS will work through about 430-million packages this holiday season.

Many of those shipments are driven by offers of free shipping.

This year, 85-percent of on-line retailers will offer free shipping at some point during the season.

For the first time, many are allowing customers to set it all up and track those packages from their smart phones.

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