UPS delivering 26 million parcels Thursday; viral FedEx video

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The brown-suited elves at UPS will be busier Thursday than they have been all year, with nearly 26 million items set to reach their destinations, according to the parcel shipping company.

That’s roughly 300 deliveries a second, up 60% from UPS’ normal daily average. During the rest of the week — the busiest of the year for the company — employees will transport nearly 25 million packages a day.


In the few days before Christmas, the total number of deliveries will reach 120 million this year, up from the 113 million sent this time last year. To make it happen, UPS will add more than 400 extra flights each day and hire nearly 24,000 seasonal employees.

On Tuesday, UPS handled 58 million online tracking requests. On Thursday, workers will process 3 million express shipments through the company’s Louisville Worldport facility.

Workers are also frantic at the U.S. Postal Service and at FedEx. The Postal Service said this week will also be its busiest of the year, with 600 million cards and letters on Tuesday alone. FedEx had its most frantic day ever on Dec. 12, when it dealt with 17 million packages.

At least one of them wasn’t delivered in the most delicate fashion. In a YouTube video that has gone viral this week, a FedEx delivery man is shown hurling a packaged computer monitor over a fence without ringing the doorbell — even though the customer claims he was at home with the door open.


U.S. Postal Service expecting busiest week of the year

FedEx expects 17 million shipments on the busiest day in its history

— Tiffany Hsu