CHICAGO (WTVM) - Federal Express, The United Parcel Service and The United States Postal Service are gearing up for what is known as the busiest shipping day of the year.
With the uptick of sales from online retailers and great Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals, the big three shipping carries are making adjustments to prepare for the shipping storm.
FedEx expects Monday, Dec. 15, to be their biggest shipping day in history, predicting that more than 22 million packages will be sent across the world.
To get ready for the busy season of shipping, the company has hired 50,000 seasonal positions at processing centers to deal the heavy volume.
Want to have your package arrive before Christmas? The last day to ship a package in the U.S. via FedEx Ground will be on Dec. 17, after that, customers will have to pay more for an express option to get their packages to their destination before Christmas.
After receiving criticism last year for failing to deliver thousands of packages last year before Christmas, UPS spent $1 billion in upgrades for its facilities and vehicles in hopes of not repeating last year's delivery mistakes. They have also hired around 95,000 seasonal employees.
UPS is expecting that it will process 585 million packages today and will deliver 34 million worldwide next Monday.
''I know we cannot change the weather, but through all of the increases and dollars spent on additional buildings, technology, and additional employees, we have done this with the mindset of making sure we have capacity for our customers,'' said Operations Manager Glenn Garvin.
The United States Postal Service is expecting to process 640 million cards, letters and packages today, up from 607 million last year.
USPS has hired 50,000 seasonal employees to deal with the heavy volume. They have announced that the post office will be open to deliver seven days this week in select cities.
Dec. 20 is the last day to send a package via USPS Priority Mail to get a package delivered by Christmas.