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FedEx Gears Up for Busy ‘Green Monday’

Experts expect the delivery service to move 19 million packages.

With the holiday season in full swing, FedEx employees and trucks will be out in full force today, on what is expected to be the busiest shipping day in the company’s history.

Today—Green Monday—FedEx officials expect about 19 million packages to move through the company’s network. FedEx, which earlier predicted Green Monday would be its busiest day, will have 300,000 employees on hand, about 20,000 temporary workers and more than 600 aircraft to handle the shipping increase, officials report.

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… between Thanksgiving and Christmas

“At FedEx, we have been preparing for this busy holiday shipping season for almost a year now,” says T. Michael Glenn, the company’s executive vice president of Market Development. “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.”

Last year, FedEx’s busiest shipping day was Dec. 12, when about 17.2 million shipments were processed.

The increase in online sales has contributed to today’s expected shipping frenzy, FedEx adds.

According to eMarketer, online sales will grow 17 percent this holiday season compared to 2011. That could be a very high total, as last year’s Green Monday sales alone reached $1.1 billion, according to comScore.

The last day to have items delivered before Christmas is Dec. 17 for people using FedEx Ground. Those who use FedEx Express have until Dec. 22 for shipments staying within the continental U.S., FedEx notes.


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