FedEx expects the holiday season to be record breaking this year. The FedEx facility in Springfield usually ships out 8,000 packages per day but during the holiday season, the number increased to 15,000 packages each day.
Online sales during Black Friday increased 26 percent compared to last year. Cyber Monday sales broke records at $1.6 billion. It became the busiest online shopping day in history. E-commerce spending during this year’s holiday season went up 10 percent year-over-year in volume.
According to FedEx Independent Service Provider Brian Birmingham, the company will set records. It is expecting to deliver 19 million packages Monday. That would be two million more packages than last year.
Birmingham added that FedEx added 25 percent more employees for the season. In some locations, the amount is higher than that. Online holiday sales are expected to grow around 17 percent this year compared to last year to $54.5 billion.
The company prides itself for delivering Christmas presents across the globe. It helps the employees get through the long days leading towards Christmas. They try to be more careful when handling gifts. They said that some boxes are special.
During the holiday season, the days could be long. On a normal day, it would be 10 hours a day. But during the holiday season, a day could be up to 12. FedEx estimates that more than 280 million shipments will pass through FedEx global networks.
Monday is called Green Monday by eBay to describe the best sales day in December. It would also mean the start of the heaviest online shopping week of the year. In 2011, consumers in the United States spent $1.1 billion on Green Monday.
Last minute shoppers who look for gifts for their loved ones have to do so before December 17, which is the deadline for pre-Christmas delivery via FedEx Ground. United Parcel Service estimated that its holiday shipping to increase by 10 percent to 527 million packages.