FedEx's Busiest Day Ever
PALM DESERT--If you're gathering gifts and getting them out to friends and relatives, you're not alone this holiday season. FedEx says Monday will be the busiest shipping day of the year.
FedEx facilities are in constant motion right now. Moving 19-million packages at a rate of 200 per second.
"We've been preparing for this day, since the day after christmas last year, literally, planning for this day since then," said Paul Tronsor, FedEx Global Operations Control.
Nineteen-million packages - that's ten million more than an average day.
"Peak just means, longer hours, more packages to deliver." said John Dunavant, FedEx VP Memphis World Hub.
Here in Palm Desert people are shipping everything from tires to guitars. Each item packed with precision.
"That's a large number. I'm really impressed with that." said FedEx customer, Robert Goldstine.
Once they leave the desert packages make their way to a FedEx hub. Deliveries move on the ground and through the air.
FedEx has 660 jets. The fifth largest fleet in the world now on holiday over drive.
At FedEx locations across the nation they're ready for the rush, hiring 20,000 seasonal employees to make sure everything runs smoothly.
"It's amazing that they're going to hire that many people and have that many people working to move it. it seems unreal." FedEx customer Clinton Walker said.
They even have a global operations team monitoring the weather, altering routes on the road and in the air. Allocating resources to deal with any problem that may come up.
"Mind-boggling to me. it's just beyond comprehension." FedEx customer Carmal Fast said.
"We develop a plan, a strategy if you will, to mitigate those problems, whether it be weather or traffic or hurricane, or typhoon, we work around those things to make sure those packages get there." said Paul Tronsor, FedEx Global Operations Control.
Making sure that they make it in time for families to celebrate the holiday season.
The shipping giant expects to move 280 million packages between Thanksgiving and Christmas. That would be a 13 percent increase over last year.
The shipping deadline to get your packages to their destination by Christmas is December 17th for FedEx Ground and December 22 for FedEx Express.