UPS ready to handle holiday rush

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UPS says it is in the middle of its busiest week of the year and is prepared to help retailers and shoppers by delivering more than 120 million packages worldwide over the next six days.

Thursday, Dec. 22, will be the busiest day of the year for UPS when almost 26 million packages will be delivered, or almost 300 every second. The company expects to deliver almost 25 million packages on several other days during Peak Week: Monday, Dec. 19, through Saturday, Dec. 24.

UPS Airlines will add more than 400 additional flights per day and on its busiest day process 3 million express shipments in a 24-hour period through its Louisville Worldport facility. Procrastinators can ship as late as Friday, Dec. 23, using UPS Next Day Air with Saturday delivery and have gifts arrive on Christmas Eve.

UPS says it also will manage more than 58 million online requests during the busiest tracking day of the year, Tuesday, Dec. 20.