If you're loaded down with holiday packages that need to get somewhere before Christmas, you better act now. " A lot of people sending holiday gifts, they'll come in and need them packaged and shipped to reach their destinations by Christmas", said Chico UPS General Manager Melissa Costello.
Shipping companies like UPS and FedEx are expecting Monday to be one of the busiest shipping days of the year. As much as one billion dollars could be spent online for what is known as Green Monday by internet retailers, many of which are offering low prices and free shipping. " We are actually seeing an increase of returns already because sometimes people will order more than they will need and ship back what they don't want", said Costello.
FedEx is expecting to move 17-million packages for Green Monday, more than double its daily average. And expects to deliver more than 260-million packages overall this holiday season. Both it and UPS have hired more employees and pumped up operations to handle the holiday rush. " We kind of have an all hands on deck type of staffing right now", explained Costello.
And many are hustling to ensure their packages get delivered on time. " I'm trying to beat the rush, as being a teacher you know you get your things in on time or there are consequences", said Chico resident Amelia Loftus. Amanda Wood, also of Chico adds, " I usually try to get it ahead of time and this is the latest I've done so I was really excited about getting it shipped off today".
UPS also expects December 22nd to be a record day for deliveries. It's the last day you can ship a package through the U.S. Mail using domestic express, and still have your package arrive by the 25th.