As the holiday shopping frenzy descends upon us, a new season of gift giving is in full swing. According to the stats, traditional holiday sales in North America are expected to increase 2.8 percent this year, with nearly half of shoppers buying online. This means that as online and in-store shoppers begin checking off their lists, FedEx estimates that more than 260 million shipments will pass through its global network between the end of November and Christmas – a 12 percent jump from last year.
A significant portion of the increase will likely be driven by online retailers and cataloguers who ship items such as books, apparel, personal consumer electronics and luxury goods.
The shipping giant anticipated their busiest day would be December 12th, and they were right. On that Monday, more than 17 million shipments were made around the world and goes down as the busiest day in the company’s history, beating last year’s record by 10 percent.
And though it pales in comparison to the estimated two billion presents delivered overnight by Santa and his trusty reindeer, it’s a remarkable feat of logistical planning.