UPS prepares for its busiest week of the year

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UPS says it is about to embark on its busiest week of the year – Monday, Dec. 20, through Friday, Dec. 24. During the busiest day of this five-day logistics project known as Peak Week, UPS will deliver 278 packages every second.

UPS says Wednesday, Dec. 22, marks its single busiest day of the year, when the company will deliver more than 24 million packages worldwide – nearly 60 percent more than normal daily delivery volumes – as gift-givers and online retailers launch into a flurry of last-minute activity.

Dec. 22 will be the highest traffic day for online tracking requests; UPS expects more than 44 million package tracking requests on this day. UPS Airlines, one of the world’s largest, is adding more than 350 additional flights per day during Peak Week.

Globally, UPS will deliver about 430 million packages between Thanksgiving and Christmas. UPS added roughly 50,000 seasonal workers to handle this surge in package deliveries.