Busiest shipping day of the year is Monday December 16, 2013

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla - Monday is expected to be the busiest shipping day of the year according to the U.S. Postal Service and UPS.

UPS says it will pick up 34 million packages around the world Monday, which is double its normal volume.  It's a 9.6% increase over 2012.   About 85% of those will be delivered the next day. 

U.S.P.S. Expects to deliver 545 million packages this holidays season. It will deliver to 152 million addresses this year. The deadline for First-Class mail at the U.S. Postal Service is  Friday, Dec. 20.  The cutoff date for Priority Mail is  Saturday, Dec. 21 .

The workload means that UPS adds an additional 55,000 seasonal employees to get the work done.  In Florida, 3,000 people are added during the season to help with truck deliveries alone.  They sit in the "jump seat," of the truck and make the process efficient and fast, according to a communications supervisor. 

Customer Glenda Gaines walked into UPS in Riviera Beach with a large smile across her face Monday morning.

"I come here to ship to save me money from having to travel up and down the street to take my grands' toys to Jacksonville.  So I'm here today trying to save a few bucks so I don't have to travel and drive," she said.

Gaines said she noticed the number of customers were starting to increase first thing in the morning.

"I plan ahead, always in the early part of the year, so I get to a certain date, which is by the 16th or the 17th so everything makes it there on time," she said.

Following the busiest pick-up day, UPS says Tuesday is its busiest delivery day.  More than 29 million packages will hit the doorsteps of the company's customers around the world.  During the span of 24 hours, an average of 335 packages will be delivered every second by UPS.

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