On Monday about 17 million FedEx shipments are expected to go through its system. That is almost double their daily average volume. Local FedEx centers are also making adjustments to prepare for the increase in customers. Newschannel 6 caught up with residents Monday who are getting a head start on their holiday shipping.
Daria Close learned her lesson last year. She says procrastinating on holiday shipping can be stressful and expensive. Close comments, "It was really difficult to get presents. The lines were long and we were hoping we could get them out, so I've learned from that. We tend to shop earlier and then send them out early December so they can get there for Christmas."
FedEx corporate says Close is among thousands of customers getting a head start on their holiday shipping this year. Despite the rough economy, FedEx says customers are still spending, making December 12th their busiest day of the year.
Sonya Thorpe, PR Manger with FedEx says, "Today is a very busy day for us. All of our hubs and retail locations will be buzzing with packages coming in and being prepared." FedEx says a combination of weekend holiday shopping and retail sales has customers flocking to FedEx centers to ship. The Wichita Falls center has adjusted their staffing to handle the busy day. "We have in some cases adjusted our scheduling for our team members to ensure that we have coverage for today and other days leading up to Christmas."
Shopper Kim Miller is also making changes this year to avoid the busy rush of holiday shippers.
Miller comments, "I got all of my shopping done early so that I could ship quickly. I spent so much money on shipping last year that this year I wanted to get ahead of it."
FedEx wants to remind all customers planning to ship Christmas presents that December 16th is the deadline to ship FedEx Ground, the most cost affective of shipping options. The very last day to ship to ensure packages are received by Christmas is December 23rd.