Shipping giants rush to deliver holiday packages

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Associated Press

Posted on December 20, 2009 at 9:31 PM

UNDATED (AP) — The holiday shipping crunch is expected to peak Monday for UPS.

The world's largest shipping carrier projects it will deliver about 22 million small packages.

For the entire holiday season, UPS plans to deliver roughly 400 million packages worldwide, up slightly from last year.

The Atlanta-based shipper hired about 50,000 seasonal workers to keep pace with the extra volume this holiday season.

Rival FedEx shipped more than 14 million packages on Dec. 14. That beat the company's projection for its peak day of the year by more than a million and was the busiest day in FedEx history by more than 2 million.

Peak projections from UPS and FedEx are closely watched because they tend to indicate how the broader economy is doing.

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: In this Dec. 15, 2009 photo, Mellany Sorrell, 29, adjusts the conveyor from inside a shipping container belt as she looks for help to lift a large package at the UPS Worldport air hub facility in Louisville, Ky. The holiday shipping rush is expected to peak for UPS on Monday, Dec. 21, when the world's largest shipping carrier projects it will deliver about 22 million small packages.

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: In this Dec. 15, 2009 photo, UPS package handler Kelsey Davidson, 20, loads parcels into a container at the UPS Worldport air hub facility in Louisville, Ky. The holiday shipping rush is expected to peak for UPS on Monday, Dec. 21, when the world's largest shipping carrier projects it will deliver about 22 million small packages.

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