December 20, 2006
Close to ten million packages are expected to be delivered by fed ex this holiday season. Up from last years eight million and with only two days left, employees say they feel a lot like Santa.
“We're very busy at this time with it being Christmas,” said Gary Hux, Operations Manager at the Charlottesville FedEx.
You won't see them deliver by sleigh, but six hundred and seventy aircrafts will deliver to two hundred and twenty different countries. Plus seventy thousand trucks will be on the ground finding their way to your home.
“We'll be delivering right up to December 23rd. We want to try to give everybody any possible opportunity to ship with FedEx they possibly need,” Hux said.
They credit the increase to a change in the way people are shopping this season.
“People are starting to do more and more internet. It’s worked really well it hasn't hindered us in any way,” added Hux.
The increase of shipments has not taken its toll on security measures either.
“Federal Express prides itself on its security. We look for things like any one else; the smell of a package, the sound of a package or anything out of the ordinary. Packages aren't supposed to do but certain things,” said Hux.
The company works closely with police departments all over the world and they even employee their own specialists to look for suspicious packages.
“We put every safety precaution we possible can, because we're not only taking care of packages, but want to make sure we take care of our people also,” Hux said.
Right now there isn't a shortage of employees on the clock either. Over fifty thousand plan to work up to the last minute.
FedEx has a fleet of airplanes second only in size to American Airlines.