COPY-FedEx prepares for busiest day in company history

(WMC-TV) - FedEx team members are preparing for a record-breaking day at FedEx on Monday, Dec. 10 when 19 million packages are expected to move through the FedEx networks on what is projected to be the busiest day in company history. 

The 300,000 FedEx team members and approximately 20,000 seasonal personnel will have their hands full on "Busiest Day," supporting systems that will process more than 200 packages per second.

"At FedEx, we have been preparing for this busy holiday shipping season for almost a year now," said FedEx executive vice president of Market Development T. Michael Glenn in a press release.  

Increased e-commerce spending is directly contributing to record holiday FedEx volumes and a 10 percent year-over-year increase in volume from 2011.  

The majority of these shipments will enter the FedEx Ground and FedEx SmartPost networks.  

FedEx SmartPost works with online retailers and cataloguers—businesses that traditionally see increased sales during the holiday season—to ship high volumes of lighter shipments to residential customers.

"The spirit and drive of our team members, backed by the efficiency of our networks, will help us deliver what we expect will be a record-breaking 280 million packages through our global networks between Thanksgiving and Christmas, up 13 percent from 2011," said Glenn. 

According to eMarketer, online holiday sales are forecasted to climb 17 percent compared to last year.

The Memphis World Hub, when working at peak capacity, sorts 500,000 packages per hour across 42 miles of conveyor belt. 

Tomorrow morning, Action News 5 is going to take you behind the scenes with officials at FedEx as they manage the massive mountains of packages.

The live reports with Amy Speropoulos will begin on Action News 5 at 4:30 a.m. tomorrow.

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