Shipping employees working overtime during holiday rush

To meet the demand of the Christmas week rush of shipping, FedEx will be paying all 285,000 of its employees to work overtime, the Dickinson Press Reports. With more than 16 million packages ready for delivery on Monday alone, FedEx employees will be working around the clock from coast to coast to ensure deliveries are completed ahead of the long holiday weekend.

The Monday total is up nearly 13 percent from the same day in 2009 and the rush will only get tighter as the week goes on. The sharp increase is also due to a partnership with the United States Postal Service, which teams up with FedEx to deliver lighter, cheaper packages, the paper reports.

"This is kind of our Super Bowl," said Connie Carter, managing director for FedEx's Alaska operations. "We get ready for this day and the next two weeks all year long."

The increase in holiday shoppers, Free Shipping Friday and large jumps in online shopping have combined for the dramatic increases in shipping and overtime pay. FedEx plans to deliver 223.3 million packages during the holiday season, while UPS estimates it will handle nearly 430 million.

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