If the latest shipping and mailing figures from the three shipping leaders are any indication, this year’s holiday retail sales may indeed be better than expected. All are reporting surges above previous estimates.
FedEx reported Monday was the busiest day in its history for its staff of 285,000. Drivers picked up nearly 16 million shipments around the word—an increase of nearly 13% from last year and about double the volume of its average day.
Driving Shipments? Apparel, Accessories, Luxurygoods
The Memphis-based FedEx expects to move more than 223 million shipments in its global networks between Thanksgiving and Christmas—a year-over-year increase of 11%. During this week along, FedEx said it expects 63 million shipments compared to last year’s busiest week of 57.5 million shipments. Among the items driving holiday sales are books from online retailers and retail inventory such as apparel, personal consumer electronics and luxurygoods.
Meanwhile, Atlanta-based UPS predicted its Thanksgiving to Christmas total volume will be about 430 million packages, up 7.5% from last year. The company hired about 50,000 seasonal workers who will be on hand for its peak volume day Wednesday, Dec. 22, when an expected 24 million packages delivered, up from an average daily volume of 15.1 million packages.
USPS: 15.8 Billion Shipments for Holiday
For the U.S. Postal Service, the busiest day is expected to be Monday, Dec. 20, when 801 million cards and letters will be processed, nearly double the average rate. The busiest delivery day will be Wednesday, Dec. 22. The Washington-based postal service predicts its carriers will deliver 15.8 billion letters, packages and cards between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
During the week of December 13, also the busiest week of the year for FedEx, the company expects to move more than 63 million shipments compared to last year’s busiest week of 57.5 million shipments. Items such as books from large internet retailers and retail inventory such as apparel, personal consumer electronics and luxury goods will drive FedEx holiday volumes.