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FedEx, Memphis workers featured on NBC's "Rock Center"

Nearly 150 aircraft landed in Memphis the night NBC anchor Brian Williams visited FedEx in Memphis, an average of 1 every 90 seconds. Nearly 150 aircraft landed in Memphis the night NBC anchor Brian Williams visited FedEx in Memphis, an average of 1 every 90 seconds.

(NBC) - It's become so routine, getting something the day after you order it from a long distance away. But that was once an unbelievable idea until FedEx made it a reality and it takes an army to make it happen and then all 300,000 employees have to make it happen every night.

To see how it all works, FedEx let NBC anchor Brian Williams hitch a ride on one of the company's giant cargo planes from Newark, NJ, to its headquarters in Memphis, TN.

Nearly 150 aircraft land the night Williams visited, an average of 1 every 90 seconds. Then the operation goes inside where the ballet of white boxes begins.

About 10 million pounds of cargo has to be unloaded and sorted and then put back on planes - all of it in less than 5 hours.

Sally Hammer, a 17-year veteran, faces a relentless deluge of white cardboard.

"It never stops," she said. "It's always going."

Like almost all of the night-time employees there, Sally works part time. She does it for the money, but also because FedEx gives its part-timers benefits.

"I work - I actually work another job," she said. "This is my second job."

Sally is just one of 10,000 workers on duty here every night, racing to make sure every package gets to the right city, the right state.

And that's how it's supposed to work.

You can see Brian Williams' full report on FedEx tonight on "Rock Center." It airs on WMC-TV at 8 p.m.

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