UPS expects to deliver 20 million packages on its peak day today, up 11% over its peak day last year, Dec. 16, when it delivered 18 million packages. The number of deliveries is 50% above its average daily volume of 13.3 million, the company reports. UPS expects to handle 12 million package tracking requests at its web site, a third more than its usual 7.9 million daily requests.
The company expects to deliver 300 million packages between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
UPS’s air express service still has a few days to wait for its peak day when UPS expects to deliver 4 million air express packages next Tuesday, Dec. 23. That’s almost double air express’s usual volume. Last year, its air express volume crested on Christmas Eve with 4.5 million packages.
UPS reports that it has added 50,000 seasonal employees and a dozen jets in addition to its usual 600. In addition, the number of flights during peak delivery week increase 45% over normal.