UPS prepares for busiest day of the year

November 16, 2009 7:17:42 PM PST
UPS Inc., the world's largest shipping carrier, expects to deliver roughly 22 million small packages on its busiest day this year -- projected to be Dec. 21.

UPS, based in Atlanta, said Monday that's about a 40 percent increase over normal daily delivery volumes.

It says that for the entire holiday season -- from Thanksgiving to Christmas -- it expects to deliver about 400 million packages around the world, up slightly compared to the 2008 holiday season.

Peak projections from UPS and rival FedEx Corp. are closely watched because they are an indicator of how well the economy is doing, especially in the retail sector.

UPS did not make a peak projection last year, nor did it say how many packages it delivered on its busiest day.