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You shop, they ship: holiday deliveries increase

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Carmie Spillers Carmie Spillers
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By Teri Okita – bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - With less than two weeks until Christmas, FedEx says this is its busiest shipping day ever.

The company expects 16 million packages to go out Monday.

We're talking the most cargo in FedEx history being handled Monday and all this shipping comes from shoppers doing a little pointing and clicking.

FedEx Express Hawaii usually ships around 7,000 packages a day. On Monday, it's up to 10,000.

"Today was extremely, extremely heavy so both on our inbound side and our outbound side, as you can see, we got a lot of packages going out today," FedEx Express senior manager Carmie Spillers said.

In all this holiday season, FedEx expects to ship more than 230 million packages. UPS says it's going to deliver 430 million worldwide between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Why the record numbers? It's all about the Internet. Cyber-selling and buying has jumped, leading to a big increase for delivery services.

"Between 14-15 percent, and it's due to the online buying and the e-commerce," FedEx senior manager Dane Worley said.

If you're not shopping online, here are the absolute deadlines for mailing gifts domestically:

  • FedEx Ground shipping, Friday, Dec. 17.
  • FedEx Overnight shipping, Dec. 23.
  • UPS 2nd Day Air shipping, Dec. 22
  • UPS Next Day Air, Dec. 23.
  • USPS First Class Mail, Dec. 20
  • USPS Priority, Dec. 21
  • USPS Express, Dec. 22.

And remember: Friday, Dec. 17 is the third annual "Free Shipping Day."

More than 1,000 retailers, like Macy's, Dell and Disney are participating.

You can find more information at http://www.freeshippingday.com.

It may be a little late to avoid the rush at places like FedEx at this point, so patience and good holiday cheer are a must!

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