Fed Ex predicts busiest day of the year

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - With all those online purchases, it's going to be a busy day for Fed Ex workers. The company's work load will double. Some of its from people who are making those last minute online purchases before Christmas.

Officials with Fed Ex say they expect roughly 17 million packages to go out Monday. They are staffed with seasonal employees and they're ready to meet demand.

Fed Ex employees will move almost double their average daily volume. The surge of online purchases sends workers out on the road all day, keeping them booked with deliveries.

"I'm an online business so I've seen a lot of increased traffic," said Lori Eggleston, who owns her own business.

She says she's noticed a swell in online shopping over the years. That's one reason Fed Ex predicts its numbers to go up this year. In 2005, when Green Monday started, the company was sending out almost 10 million shipments. That number quickly grew roughly a million each year. This year, that figure may even jump by two million.

"It's just so convenient," Eggleston added. "People can do it any time of day but that creates more of a shipping need for myself."

It's a shipping need that has even caused Fed Ex to hire about 20,000 seasonal employees to meet holiday demand. James Collins says shopping online makes it easier to be a family man and a business man at the same time.

It's a lot easier online especially on your phone," said Collins. "In between meetings, I get on my phone and see what's out there. Anything you can find online with free shipping is great."

Fed Ex employees say online shopping is one of the biggest reasons they're packing so many boxes. All that demand adds to the company's revenue of $40 billion dollars a year.

Fed ex employees say December 23rd is the last day people can ship items before Christmas.

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