Monday, Dec. 10 marks the busiest shipping day of the year for FedEx (FDX). The couriers and drivers who deliver packages to individuals and businesses around the country will be responsible for 19 million packages on Monday — nearly an 11% increase from 2011. The company's central processing plant in Memphis, Tenn., will pump 200 packages per second on 42 miles of conveyer belt.
The Daily Ticker visited FedEx's 48th Street shipping hub in midtown Manhattan to get a firsthand look at how millions of online orders arrive at customers' doorsteps.
FedEx couriers in this New York facility start loading up their trucks as early as 7 a.m. after their daily stretch and exercise routine. Packages of all shapes and sizes tumble down the conveyer belt for over an hour and are quickly sorted by neighborhood and street address. The men and women who drive the trucks will not return to the hub until every one of their packages has been signed for and delivered. John Scott, a 15-year veteran of theRead More »from FedEx Preps For Its Busiest Shipping Day Ever