UPS Airlines has added more than 400 flights this week to handle the pre-Christmas rush.
The company expects to deliver 28 million packages on Thursday, the integrator's busiest day of the year. By the end of this week, the company estimates that it will have delivered more than 135 million boxes worldwide.
According to a company press release, 3 million express shipments will be processed through its hub in Louisville within 24 hours. Today, UPS expects a crush of 69 million tracking requests on its Website.
The first week of January will also be quite busy for UPS, as consumers will be returning gifts. The company expects to handle more than 2 million packages during that week, a number that has risen in recent years. UPS has dubbed Jan. 3 as national returns day.
"We've seen a 15 percent increase in retail returns over last year," UPS' David Sisco said in a statement. "UPS research shows that 63 percent of online shoppers review a retailer's returns policy before making a purchase."
The U.S. Postal Service experienced its biggest processing day of the year Monday, handling an anticipated 658 million pieces of mail. The company's corresponding busiest delivery day of the year is Wednesday.
According to FedEx, it has broken records this holiday season. The company was estimated to move 19 million packages on Dec. 10, a result that contributed to a 13-percent holiday shipping increase over 2011.
“We’re very proud of the people across the entire FedEx network making
the holidays happen. Their commitment and efforts are ensuring we
seamlessly deliver Christmas during our busiest season ever,” FedEx Ground Chief Executive Officer Dave
Rebholz said in a statement. “We are especially proud of
our team members in the New York area who have shown tremendous resolve
in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and we are pleased that many of
them could be a part of today’s bell-ringing.” - Jon Ross