The Clock Is Ticking For Holiday Shipping

The clock is ticking to get those gifts shipped off in time for the holidays.

Newschannel 6 Lindsey Rogers learned more items are expected to be sent through parcel post this year than ever before.

She's looking into the preparations leading up to crunch time and the absolute deadline to make sure your presents make it under the tree.

"We have a lot of customers who purchase online or out of town and we ship to their family whatever gift, t-shirt, cap or whatever their holiday needs are," Pat Lindsley said.

He owns Imprints 1 in Wichita Falls.

This time of year is extremely busy for him.  He sends customer shipments three to four times a week.

"It goes both directions. We get merchandise in daily and get merchandise going out daily," Lindsley said.

Next week is the busiest week of the year for FedEx. The company will move more than 63 million shipments.

So, why the high holiday volume this year, one reason, more people are ordering online.

"Especially in a military town where their family lives all over the U.S. it's not uncommon to have an order and have two or three different shipping addresses on the same order," Lindsley said.

The FedEx office store on Kemp said things are starting to pick up.

They're prepared for a rush of drop offs this weekend after Texomans get another chance to hit the stores.

Monday, is expected to be the busiest day of the year, with an increase of nearly two million packages compared to last year.

"The last ten days are pretty hectic and not only the deadline of getting to them, but factor in delivery time," Lindsley said.

He said they try to make one week before Christmas their deadline for getting orders out.

"We've been pleasantly surprised we've never had an incidence where it didn't make it on time, but, it's always a concern," Lindsley said.

It usually takes three to five days for FedEx ground, but, they drop their guarantee right before Christmas.

FedEx and the Postal Service's deadline for priority shipping is Wednesday the 22nd.

The deadline for UPS is the 23rd.

Lindsey Rogers, Newschannel  6