Busiest Shipping Day of the Year for FedEx

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

HARRISONBURG, Va -- Monday was expected to be the busiest shipping day of the year and possibly in history for FedEx.

For Loan Nguyen, this was the time of the year to give back.

"I'm sending cookies to my friend because it's finals week at U.Va., so she's stressed out. I'm stressed out," said Nguyen.

For Karim Altaii, it was the last resort before leaving the country.

"We're leaving in two days so the only way to do it is to ship it through FedEx," said Altaii.

For FedEx, it is the season for shipping, but Monday was their busiest day ever. About 19 million packages would move through FedEx. That's 10 percent more than in 2011.

This record holiday shipping comes from places like Duo that have a local store but also an online option.

FedEx representatives said their increase in volumes comes mostly from online shopping. According to E-Marketer, online sales are supposed to be 17 percent higher than last year.

Samantha Miller, a Duo Boutique manager sent packages every other day.

"Everyone is all about convenience now and everyone taking advantage of online stores having online sales and free shipping," said Miller.

She said they just opened their online store in October, but have already seen customers from all throughout the country.

"Actually a lot of people that are not from in-state that would've never heard, known of Duo otherwise, they're taking advantage of the free shipping."

At FedEx, workers have been very busy, shipping almost 200 packages per second.

“I know it's exciting to get things in the mail, especially something homemade you know,” said Nguyen.

People sending a package by ground should do it before Dec 17th to get to its destination by Christmas Day. You can send packages up to Dec. 22 by plane.

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