With online shopping growing, FedEx is bracing for a record volumes this holiday season.
The delivery company predicted Monday that shipments from Black Friday through Christmas Eve will rise 12.4 percent over last year to 317 million pieces.
FedEx says the busiest shipping days will be the Monday after Thanksgiving and the first two Mondays in December.
The company says that to handle the crush, it’s hiring more than 55,000 seasonal workers and investing in automation and expansion.
Free-shipping promotions aren’t likely to disappear: Nearly half of shoppers surveyed by the retail federation said free shipping is an important factor in their buying.
The first big test for the delivery companies will come on Monday, Nov. 30, so-called Cyber Monday, when FedEx expects to handle at least 20 million packages or double the daily average during the holiday season.