FedEx workers may not drive a sleigh, but they might be as busy as Santa as they work to deliver more packages this holiday season than they did last year.
Company officials say FedEx will ship 260 million packages between Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, a 12 percent increase compared to last year's holiday season. The busiest shipping day is expected to be Dec. 12, when workers are projected to ship 17 million packages—almost twice FedEx's normal daily volume.
Larger online sales are a big factor in the increase. Holiday sales are expected to grow by 2.8 percent to $465.6 billion, the National Retail Federation notes. About half of shoppers will buy items online.
To handle the busy days ahead, FedEx will hire 20,000 seasonal workers, it reports.
"More than 290,000 FedEx team members stand ready to deliver the holiday, and enable commerce around the world," says Frederick W. Smith, FedEx chairman, president and CEO.
The most popular services during this time are expected to be FedEx SmartPost, a residential service for online and catalog sellers, FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery.
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