• FedEx and USPS gear up for record setting shipping day

    December 12, 2011 No comments

    FedEx facilities will be buzzing today as the company reaches what is projected to be the busiest day in its nearly 40 year history. Company forecasters expect FedEx will move approximately 17 million shipments – almost double its daily average volume – through its global networks on that day.

    To handle the surge, FedEx added 20,000 seasonal positions at FedEx Ground, FedEx Home Delivery and FedEx SmartPost. In Indianapolis, 1,000 seasonal positions were opened.

    FedEx is benefiting from an off-the-charts Cyber Monday. Online retailers saw a record start to the holiday shopping season as U.S. shoppers spent almost $6 billion on e-commerce during the week following Thanksgiving – a 15% increase from a year ago, according to comScore.

    Online sales require shipping and the growth in eCommerce has boosted the company’s “busiest day” volumes 75% since Christmas 2005.

    FedEx isn’t the only one hoping to be busy today. Scores of last-minute holiday shoppers will rush to mail gifts the next two weeks – the U.S. Postal Service’s busiest time of the year. The United States Postal Service expects to handle 16.5 billion cards, letters and packages, this holiday.

    The USPS is looking to boost revenue before big changes in 2012. On January 22nd, the Forever Stamp will be $0.45 and all new First-Class Mail commemorative stamps will be Forever stamps. There has been seemingly endless fodder on whether Saturday mail delivery will continue. Also, mail processing centers could start closing in March, meaning delivery will take longer.

    To help you get your packages to their destinations in one piece, the postal service suggests:

    1. Tape your mailing label onto the box.

    2. Include a “from” and “to” address in your package — in case it comes undone during shipping.

    3. And lastly, check your zip code. If its the wrong one… it will go to someone else.

    The Postal Service also recommends that if you don’t know the zip code then you should not put it on the box. No zip code is better than the wrong zip code as the wrong zip code will send your package to the wrong destination.

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