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FedEx Predicts Busy ‘Green Monday’

Delivery service estimates it will ship 19 million items on Dec. 10.

FedEx employees will be as busy as Santa’s elves on Green Monday, the projected busiest day for the delivery service.

Company officials say that on Green Monday—which falls on Dec. 10 this year—FedEx crews will move an estimated 19 million shipments through their global ground, express and freight services. That’s a 10-percent year-over-year increase on one of the busiest shopping days of the holiday season.

Green Monday is the second Monday of December, and is typically the day on which online sales peak, according to comScore. On Green Monday last year, shoppers spent $1.1 billion, the research firm reports.

But Dec. 10 won’t be the only hectic day for FedEx. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, officials expect employees to move more than 280 million shipments around the world—a 13-percent increase compared to last year, when FedEx processed 247 million shipments.

Ready for the surge

Patrick Smith, chairman, president and CEO of FedEx Corp., says his team is ready for the Green Monday and holiday surge.

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Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, FedEx expects to move more than 280 million shipments—13 percent more than last year

“FedEx team members from around the globe—300,000 strong—are prepared to help drive commerce during the busy holiday season and beyond,” he adds.

eBay sellers might contribute to the busy time for FedEx employees, as eBay reports merchants will soon be able to print FedEx shipping labels from their My eBay pages.

Currently access to these labels is limited to a small group of sellers. However, it will become available to all eBay sellers during next year’s first quarter. eBay adds sellers will be able to print labels for several FedEx services from their eBay accounts, including FedEx Priority Overnight, FedEx 2 Day and FedEx Ground.

When sellers print a label, tracking information will be uploaded automatically, and they’ll have access to volume discounts of up to 37 percent, eBay officials note.

FedEx plans to hire 20,000 temporary workers to keep up with holiday demand, it reports. Holiday season sales are expected to reach $586.1 billion this year, according to the National Retail Federation.

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Olga Munoz
Olga Munoz is editor of TheOnlineSeller.com. In addition to writing news and feature articles about e-commerce, selling trends, online marketing and other topics of interest to online sellers, Olga manages the site's social media efforts. A journalism graduate of Chico State, Olga says her favorite part of being a journalist is learning interesting facts that help put stories into perspective, attending industry events and meeting interesting people "that leave you smiling, even in tough situations." Opinions expressed here may not be shared by The Online Seller and/or its principals.



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