Shipping companies see a boost on busy shipping day

Shipping companies see a boost on the busiest shipping day of the year

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Monday  is predicted to be the busiest shipping day of the year. Monday is predicted to be the busiest shipping day of the year.
"I just want it out of the house and not to worry about it," said customer B.E. Colway. "I just want it out of the house and not to worry about it," said customer B.E. Colway.
FedEx alone will be moving nearly 280 million packages this year. FedEx alone will be moving nearly 280 million packages this year.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Shipping and delivery companies around the country are expected to be slammed with customers Monday for what is predicted to be the busiest shipping day of the year.

From the skies to the roads, FedEx will be moving nearly 280 million packages.

B.E. Colway is one of those customers braving the crowds. This year she's shipping a half dozen presents to six different cities.

"Three sisters, two kids and a close friend in Arizona," said Colway.

This may be the busiest day of the year for FedEx, but Colway says she'll take on the crowds to assure her presents arrive on time.

"I just want it out of the house and not to worry about it," said Colway. "If weather delays or any of that happens, we still have time for that to occur."

This year FedEx is predicting a record with sales expected to be 10 percent above where they were in 2011. District Manager Cindy Catlin attributes the increase to more people shopping online, but also more people becoming comfortable with shipping those special gifts.

"I think customers have really gotten use to the fact that they can come to us and we'll pack it professionally and have a packing guarantee for them that it will get there safely and on time," said Catlin.

FedEx says to make sure those packages arrive by Christmas Eve, packages sent via ground shipping need to be dropped off by December 17. For Express Shipping, you have until December 22.

For an even better guarantee and a little peace of mind, you can follow Colway's lead and avoid that last-minute rush altogether.

"It's just great to have it done and just sit back and enjoy the rest of the holidays, baking cookies, going to parties and things like that," said Colway.

She plans to do just that after her last package goes out Tuesday morning.

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