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The Silent Heroes That Keep Christmas on Track
By: Cindy Wendland
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There are belated birthday cards for us to send when we forget and want to send wishes after the fact. But unless you celebrate the holidays early or late because of schedules, Christmas falls on December 25, and those gifts must be there on time. To make those deadlines, shippers use herculean efforts to get those packages delivered and deserve some extra kudos.

AP Airlines Writer Scott Mayerowitz provided details about this holiday shipping frenzy and how amazing the shippers are this time of year. There are 947 million packages for Fedex and UPS to ship between Black Friday and Christmas Eve. Every 60 seconds, a plane lands at the sorting facility to deliver its goods. Between 1.6 and 4 million packages can pass through this facility in a single night. It only takes 13 minutes for a package to travel the web of belts and chutes in the facility. 96% of packages are expected to be delivered in time for Christmas. This is all very impressive.

In a retail situation, when a customer is assured that their order will arrive in time for Christmas, the store means it. But once the order is entered into the system, it is out of their hands and in the responsible hands of the shipper. The retailer’s reputation is affected by the timeliness of this shipment.

Mayerowitz also noted that Fedex and UPS spent heavily last year to ensure better performance on shipping dates. They are working hard to help keep Christmas on track and deserve some thanks. Thank you to all the shippers who will help make Christmas.

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About the Author
Cindy Wendland has a background in marketing and finance. She is the creative director for an online men's health magazine, BrainBrawnBody.com, and she gets to write their leisure/travel blog. She is also a web designer helping her clients with online community engagement, websitesbywendland.com. Prior to her web years, she worked in pharmacy consulting.
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