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New York - FedEx Says Monday Busiest Day In Its History

Published on: December 13, 2010 05:09 PM
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FedEx workers unload packages from a truck for delivery in New York December 13, 2010. FedEx Corp expects to handle 16 million packages on Monday, its busiest day in FedEx history. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid FedEx workers unload packages from a truck for delivery in New York December 13, 2010. FedEx Corp expects to handle 16 million packages on Monday, its busiest day in FedEx history. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

New York - Monday is expected to be the busiest day in FedEx history, with nearly 16 million packages moving on its conveyer belts, trucks and planes. That’s up 13 percent from 14.2 million on the busiest day last year, and double what the company handles on a normal day.

About half of the increase is from the company’s SmartPost partnership with the U.S. Postal Service. SmartPost moves lighter, cheaper packages through FedEx that are then delivered by a postal worker. A growing number of online and catalog purchases is driving growth in that unit and across the company.

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The jump in shipping bodes well for the nation’s retailers, online stores and larger rival UPS, which has its single busiest day next week. Economists track FedEx and UPS for signs of consumer spending trends and the health of the broader economy.



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 Dec 13, 2010 at 05:27 PM JustThinking Says:

Just another proof that USPS can not blame the ecomony for their troubles. Customer service is everything. If they were competitive, they would make a nice profit too. too bad our gov can't run anything right

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 Dec 14, 2010 at 09:32 AM Aron1 Says:

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JustThinking Says:

Just another proof that USPS can not blame the ecomony for their troubles. Customer service is everything. If they were competitive, they would make a nice profit too. too bad our gov can't run anything right

While I agree with you that the USPS customer service needs improvement, their pricing for shipping books ("Media Mail") is much cheaper than FedEx or UPS. Also, their prices for Parcel Post and Priority Mail for low weight packages (under 10 lbs.) is very competitive, especially if you are shipping to a residential address or remote rural area (especially especially if you're shipping to a residential address in a remote rural area!). They also don't rip you off with "Weekend Delivery" and "Address Correction" fees (which prompted me to switch 90% of my shipping to the USPS).

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 Dec 14, 2010 at 11:08 AM Anonymous Says:

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Aron1 Says:

While I agree with you that the USPS customer service needs improvement, their pricing for shipping books ("Media Mail") is much cheaper than FedEx or UPS. Also, their prices for Parcel Post and Priority Mail for low weight packages (under 10 lbs.) is very competitive, especially if you are shipping to a residential address or remote rural area (especially especially if you're shipping to a residential address in a remote rural area!). They also don't rip you off with "Weekend Delivery" and "Address Correction" fees (which prompted me to switch 90% of my shipping to the USPS).

They do have competitive pricing for media mail, but priority mail over 2 lbs is usually not worth it. In addition their tracking system is really bad.

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 Dec 14, 2010 at 01:47 PM JustThinking Says:

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Aron1 Says:

While I agree with you that the USPS customer service needs improvement, their pricing for shipping books ("Media Mail") is much cheaper than FedEx or UPS. Also, their prices for Parcel Post and Priority Mail for low weight packages (under 10 lbs.) is very competitive, especially if you are shipping to a residential address or remote rural area (especially especially if you're shipping to a residential address in a remote rural area!). They also don't rip you off with "Weekend Delivery" and "Address Correction" fees (which prompted me to switch 90% of my shipping to the USPS).

a short list of USPS defaults. there insurabce is bunk. They almost never pay up, unless you spend 2 hours on the phone. Their reps are nasty. very nasty.
I ahve waited 2 hours to speak to a rep, with Fedex it's usually within seconds. They missed my pickups more then once, and there is nobody they have to answer to.
If you have a large account like I do, Fedex and UPS will give you up to

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