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UPS sees record-breaking holiday shipping season

Staff Writer |
UPS plans to deliver more than 750 million packages globally in the 25 days between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve.

The record-breaking seasonal global delivery volume is approximately 5 percent above last year’s holiday peak shipping season volume.

Of the 21 holiday delivery days before December 25, 17 are expected to exceed 30 million delivered packages.

With the launch of UPS Saturday ground pickup and delivery service, customers in nearly 4,700 cities and towns across the country will benefit from five additional ground pickup and delivery days between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

According to the National Retail Federation, retail sales in November and December are forecast to increase 3.6 to 4 percent, reaching between $679 billion and $682 billion, surpassing the five-year average of 3.5 percent.

During the busy holiday shipping season, UPS flexes its global delivery network to process nearly double the regular daily volume of about 19 million packages and documents.