The men and women charged with making sure Christmas cards and packages get to their final destinations say that today will be the biggest shipping day of the year. The U.S. Postal Service says it expects to handle 640 million cards, letters, magazines and packages on Monday, up from 607 million on 2013's busiest day. And Federal Express is taking it a step further, forecasting that today may be its biggest shipping day in history.
The Postal Service previously announced that Saturday, Dec. 20, would be the deadline to send cards and packages to ensure Christmas delivery.
But FedEx, whose stock and trade is to move things overnight, says it hopes to ship nearly 23 million packages today, in large part because of a 16 percent jump in Internet-based shopping. FedEx says it increased its workforce to 50,000 seasonal jobs this year.
But with so many more packages being left on doorsteps, law enforcement is alerting consumers to have a plan to thwart would-be thieves. For example, they encourage us to consider sending the package to a workplace or family member who might be home during the day. FedEx and UPS allow customers to have packages delivered to nearby company-owned retail locations and held for several days at no extra cost. Most importantly, they say, is to track your packages to confirm time of delivery.