Wednesday, December 21, 2016

UPS, FedEx fight to stay ahead of gift package deluge

UPS is anticipating it will deliver more than 30 million packages a day  this week, almost twice the 16 million deliveries made during a more typical 24-hour-period, says company spokeswoman Susan Rosenberg. Meanwhile FedEx, which has projected deliveries to be roughly 10% higher during the peak holiday shipping season than those weeks in 2015, expects the four Mondays between Thanksgiving and Christmas to be "among the busiest days in the history of the company,'' says spokesman Patrick Fitzgerald.

FedEx, preparing to report its second quarter earnings on Tuesday, would not say how many packages it was handling on Monday. But Fitzgerald said last week that the company was experiencing "multiple days'' where the volume was roughly twice the amount seen on an average day. And, so far, "our service levels are . . . as good as any holiday-shipping season we've ever had.''. . . more

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