UPS forecasts 430 million holiday packages, 24 million on Dec. 22

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UPS said Tuesday, Nov. 16, that from Thanksgiving to Christmas, the company expects to deliver about 430 million packages around the world. And on the busiest day of the year for UPS – Wednesday, Dec. 22 – the company anticipates delivering 24 million packages worldwide, a nearly 60 percent increase over UPS’s normal daily delivery volume of 15.1 million packages and documents. To handle this surge in volume, the company plans to hire roughly 50,000 seasonal workers.

“UPS is at the heart of holiday logistics for millions of businesses and consumers,” says Alan Gershenhorn, UPS senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing. “With movements to and from warehouses to boats, planes, trains and delivery vehicles and then to customers’ doorsteps around the world, UPS’s global logistics capabilities really deliver the holidays.”

The company says it expects more than 44 million online package tracking requests on Dec. 22, the busiest tracking day of the season. While UPS ground packages reach their destinations in three business days or less, last-minute shoppers and shippers can rely on UPS air services to ship as late as Thursday, Dec. 23, for delivery on Friday, Dec. 24. To ensure ontime delivery during the holiday rush, UPS Airlines will fly more than 350 additional flights per day during the five days leading up to Saturday, Dec. 25.