EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 2919 - October 23, 2012     4 of 6

FedEx Expects 13 Percent Volume Increase this Holiday Season

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FedEx is projecting a 13% year-over-year increase in shipments moving through its worldwide shipping networks between Thanksgiving and Christmas. That would translate to over 280 million shipments during the holiday season compared to 247 million shipments in 2011.

FedEx expects to have its busiest day in history on Monday, Dec. 10 when it moves a projected 19 million shipments through its global ground, express and freight networks.

The 10%, year-over-year, busiest day increase will once again be driven by ecommerce feeding the FedEx Ground and FedEx SmartPost networks on "Green Monday," which falls on the second Monday of December. In 2011, U.S. consumers spent $1.1 billion on Green Monday alone, according to comScore.

Green Monday also traditionally kicks off the heaviest online shopping week of the year.

Holiday volumes are retail-driven, with goods such as personal electronics, apparel, luxury goods and items from large internet retailers accounting for holiday shipping volumes.

FedEx History of Highest Volume Days

Busiest Day of the Year Number of Shipments
Dec. 12, 2005 9.8 million shipments
Dec. 18, 2006 10.6 million shipments
Dec. 17, 2007 11.5 million shipments
Dec. 15, 2008 12 million shipments
Dec. 14, 2009 14.2 million shipments
Dec. 13, 2010 15.6 million shipments
Dec. 12, 2011 17.2 million shipments
Dec. 10, 2012 - Projected 19 million shipments
Source: FedEx

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