FedEx works to pump out packages during online holiday shopping influx

Updated: Dec. 9, 2019 at 5:51 AM CST
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Mondays can be busy for everyone. For those at FedEx, Mondays during the holiday shopping season are twice as busy. Every package heading out for delivery in Memphis and other areas of West Tennessee will head through the FedEx Cordova Facility.

“It comes down the belt,” Station Operations Manager Chris Bishop said. “It gets a scan on it to tell us its route. It goes into the trucks. Then the couriers know these are my packages, I'm going to order them and stack them the way I deliver them.”

FedEx is expecting to sort through double the number of average packages this Monday and next Monday. That's because a lot of online shoppers get busy during the weekends leading up to Christmas.

“Now we know Friday you'll get 2-day shipping so Monday will be heavy,” Bishop said.

FedEx usually sorts through 15 million packages on an average Monday. So, now that’s up to 30 million. Even more packages, 33 million, passed through FedEx after Cyber Monday -- where $9 billion were spent online shopping.

With so many people buying online, that means there will be a lot of returns. FedEx expects 62 percent of online shoppers will return something. So, those packages are going to go back the same way they came in.

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