How retailers expect to deliver on holiday orders

With just 21 days until Christmas the race is on for retailers to get items to customers in time, with companies estimated to deliver two billion packages this season.
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holiday shipping wars. We're now just 21 days away from Christmas and the race is on to get those precious presents under the tree in time without paying big bucks. Companies are scrambling to deliver an estimated 2 billion packages. Rebecca Jarvis is at a FedEx shipping center with much more on all this. Good morning, Rebecca. Good morning, robin. Oh, my goodness. They are working hard here at one of the hundreds of FedEx shipping locations throughout the country. I asked them this morning on a scale of one to ten how much did things pick up after black Friday? They told me 12. It may be the most wonderful time of the year but for delivery companies, it's a full out sprint to the Christmas finish line. Now thanks to the shorter holiday season, the shipping industry has just 26 days between Thanksgiving and Christmas to get what could be more than 2 billion packages delivered on time. That's 6 fewer days than usual. Add on the estimated $155 billion in e-commerce sales expected this year and you've got a momentous task that may need a Christmas miracle to achieve. We haven't seen this short of a holiday season since 2013 when e-commerce sales at that time was probably less than half of what they are today. But major shippers say they've been gearing up for this all year long. FedEx working closely with major retailers to forecast surges and shipments. U.P.S. Expanded its footprint with six new hubs to rapidly sort packages. Amazon staffing up its fulfillment centers with more than 300,000 fullnd part-time associates. The U.S. Postal service says it expects to deliver 800 million packages this holiday season with 28 million per day the week before Christmas. They say they've added seasonal workers and enhanced their technology to get the job dong. Customers that are shopping either online or in stores for that matter should probably do it as soon as possible to ensure they get the packages on time. Reporter: There are a few dates to keep in mind if you want that present to be under the tree in time. For ground delivery, the cutoff is December 13th for U.P.S. The 14th for usps and the 16th for FedEx. Beyond that you could be hit with expedited shipping fees. Now, the packages here, they just keep on coming. If you are boxing it and sending it yourself make sure there's no tape hanging off the box. Also always a good idea to put a second copy of the address inside the box in case something gets damaged. That way whoever is sending it off can look and they know where it goes and finally, if you are going to send it yourself, the final cutoff for FedEx is December 23rd but you'll pay overnight shipping fees. Robin, that will be very, very expensive. I'm sure it will be. All right, so what is your number one tip, number one tip for online shoppers this holiday season? If you're shopping online and seeing this at websites everywhere in order to get it there by Christmas, you have to shop early. The last-minute shoppers are going to be dealing with things potentially like snowstorms. Shop early, robin. Then rest assured. All right, Rebecca, thank you very much. I love how they're in the spirit with the little Santa hats on.

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