FedEx Corp. said it expected to move 19 million packages through its network on Monday, Dec. 10, or 200 packages per second, making this the busiest day in the company’s history.
“We have been preparing for this busy holiday shipping season for almost a year now,” said T. Michael Glenn, executive VP of market development. FedEx believes it will handle a total of 280 million packages between Thanksgiving and Christmas, a 13 percent increase over 2011.
Increased online spending is partly responsible for the holiday season surge, as high volumes of lighter shipments are dispatched to residential customers. Traffic levels on the busiest day have doubled in seven years, with just 9.8 million shipments handled on Dec. 12, 2005.
Online retailer eBay has now designated Dec. 10 as “Green Monday” by, marking the best sales day in December and the traditional start of the heaviest online shopping week of the year. According to digital business analyst comScore, in 2011 U.S. consumers spent $1.1 billion on Green Monday alone.