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HOLIDAY SHIPPING: Busy Delivering Holiday Cheer

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A record number of holiday gifts are on the move Monday.  FedEx says it is sorting and shipping 200 boxes and bags per second.  The sheer volume is enough to make your head spin.  In one day alone, FedEx is processing a record 19 million packages.

The company is scrambling by air and by ground to drop off your holiday gifts.

“It's not dire that it gets there early, but I want it to be on time,” says Michelle Hilsabeck. 

Hilsabeck stopped by PostNet in West Des Moines to mail Christmas gifts to her nieces in Arizona. .

“I like the first week a lot better than the second week because the first week is more the holiday spirit.  The last week is everybody panicking and they're not in such a great mood,” says PostNet owner Jason Davis.

Pat Robbins is one of his customers in a good mood.  She shipped a care package to her granddaughter at school in Indiana. 

“FedEx because I want it to get there fast,” she says.

Monday’s record shipping is due to an increase in online shopping this year.  The deadline for ground shipping is December 17th.  Last minute gift givers can wait until December 22nd, but it will cost more.  After that, there's no guarantee of Christmas delivery.

The busiest day for UPS will be next Thursday.  A week from Monday, the US Postal Service plans to move around 650-million cards and letters.