Busiest Shipping Day of the Year

Shipping giants up their game, hiring more staff to meet last-minute deadlines.
1:46 | 12/23/14

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Back here at home tonight, and to the economy now. The last minute rush for those Christmas presents. Shoching and shipping. If you're not done, you're not alone. ABC's Mara schiavocampo this evening on the surprising last-minute deals, as we ask, is it really possible to still get your gifts there on time? Reporter: Tonight, looming deadlines for shopping and shipping. Some stores open around the clock, offering deals not seen in years. I just got a pair of shoes for 70% off. Reporter: Online sales up an estimated 13% this year, leading to a whole lot of deliveries. Today, E. Today, ups expecting to deliver more than 34 million packages, 394 per second, their busiest day of the year. After reports of missed Christmas deliveries last year, shipping giants ups and FedEx each hired an additional 10,000 workers. Some of their most crucial employees, teams of meteorologists -- 15 at FedEx, five at ups -- helping route precious cargo flights around unpredictable winter weather. They can really look into the future for us and help us better plan contingencies so we can make sure our customers get their packages every single time. Reporter: Time is running out for those sending last minute gifts. But you can still get them there in time for Christmas, if you send them out tomorrow, using next-day service. Though, at this point, it will cost you. A lot of the free shipping deadlines have passed. So, if you haven't gotten things ordered yet, you might be paying a hefty price. Reporter: That shipping rush doesn't end at Christmas. Ups expects to deliver 4 million gift returns back to retailers in the coming weeks. Ah, yes, Mara, thank you.

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