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Cyber Shopping to Drive Shipping this Holiday Season

October 27, 2013

By Steve Bennish, Dayton Daily News, Ohio

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The coming holiday mailing season could be the biggest on record with two of the nation's largest shippers -- United Parcel Service and Federal Express Corp. -- predicting a strong jump in online shopping that will boost the number of packages they will deliver.

The season is expected to be so strong that UPS announced it will hire 55,000 seasonal employees nationwide to work as drivers, helpers, package sorters, loaders or unloaders. That includes jobs in the Dayton area, said Tracy Spahr, spokeswoman for the UPS Store. Applications can be filed at

Ten area UPS Stores hire seasonal employees during peak season. The UPS Stores, all locally owned and operated, hire on a store-by-store basis, so job applicants should visit a UPS Store location to check on openings, Spahr said.

UPS said Friday that it expects to pick-up more than 34 million packages globally on its peak day, Dec. 16.

With 26 shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas -- six fewer than last year -- UPS called this season "the most compressed holiday season since 2002." The company said peak season daily volume should increase by 8 percent this year.

UPS cited the National Retail Federation's most recent holiday shopping survey, in which the group said the average consumer plans to do 40 percent of his holiday shopping online. More online shopping means more packages will be shipped.

"We have seen year-over-year how e-commerce and the growing trend of mobile commerce continues to shape how consumers shop," Alan Gershenhorn, UPS chief sales and marketing officer, said.

UPS said there will be five delivery days in the 2013 peak season where UPS will surpass peak day 2012.

Meanwhile, FedEx Corp. said it expects its busiest day in company history when it moves more than 22 million shipments around the world on Cyber Monday, Dec. 2. It said an 11 percent year-over-year increase will be driven by "online retailers" feeding the FedEx service networks.

During its busiest week of the year, Dec. 1-7, FedEx said it expects more than 85 million shipments to move through its global networks, a 13 percent increase compared to last year's busiest week. Driving the holiday shipments will be personal consumer electronics, apparel and luxury goods, FedEx said.

The U.S. Postal Service said it expects 13.1 billion cards, letters and packages will be delivered between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. On average, the Postal Service said, it processes 528 million pieces of mail every day and that volume increases to 545 million pieces of mail daily during the holidays.

UPS, FedEx and the U.S. Postal Service all have distribution centers in southwest Ohio.

-- Key peak season UPS dates include:

-- Cyber Monday, Dec. 2 -- Pick-up volume will eclipse 32 million, an increase of 10 percent.

-- Monday, Dec. 16 -- Peak pick-up day with more than 34 million packages.

-- Tuesday, Dec. 17 -- Peak delivery day with more than 29 million packages.

Source: UPS

Domestic U.S. Mail deadlines for delivery by Christmas

First Class Mail: Dec. 20.

Priority Mail: Dec. 21.

Priority Mail Express: Dec. 23.

Standard Post: Dec. 14.

U.S. Postal Service busiest mailing/delivery days.

-- Busiest mailing day for cards, letters, packages: Monday, Dec. 16.

-- Busiest delivery day for cards, letters: Wednesday, Dec. 18.

-- Busiest delivery day packages: Thursday, Dec. 19.

Source: U.S. Postal Service


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Original headline: Cyber Shopping to Drive Shipping this Season

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