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Holiday gift packages flurry into FedEx

Posted December 12, 2011

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— It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at FedEx locations throughout the Triangle as people send off millions of gifts to loved ones around the globe. The company said that Monday was expected to be the biggest shipping day of the year – and maybe even in FedEx history.

Justin Nash, operations manager at a Raleigh distribution center, said that flurries of packages always come in two weeks before Santa arrives. In less than two hours Monday, his staff sorted more than 7,000 boxes and prepared them for overnight delivery.

Company wide, FedEx estimated they shipped 17 million packages – twice the daily average.

Nash said the holiday season is all about volume, but his crew is trained and ready to deliver.

"The employees are excellent. They know it's busy this time of year and everybody is going to put in some extra time," he said.

The last day to ship overnight with FedEx is Dec. 23.

FedEx expects record day for holiday shipping FedEx expects record day for holiday shipping

Things were also gearing up at the competition. Customers were rushing to beat the holiday shipping deadline at the post office. 

Thursday is the last day to send an item by regular mail for arrival by Christmas.

Victor Davis went to the post office Monday to make sure the video games and DVDs he sells online would be wrapped and under someone else's tree by Christmas.

Melissa Martin skipped long holiday lines and opted for the self-service box.

"I finished in five minutes instead of standing in line for 30," she said. "It just asks you what you want to do, (you) put in your credit card and out comes three books of stamps."

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