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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - With only 26 shopping days and17 shipping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, this is one of the shortest holiday shopping seasons on record. Officials at UPS say the last time a similar shopping season happened was back in 2002.
In 2012, consumers had 32 shopping days and 21 shipping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
UPS has hired 55,000 temporary seasonal workers nationwide; approximately 1,300 of those workers are at Worldport in Louisville.
UPS says the highest global pickup volume day is Monday Dec. 16 with 34 million packages. The highest delivery day of the year is Tues. Dec. 17 with 29 million packages.
UPS reports that there have been 23 added aircrafts to supplement UPS' current fleet of 237 aircrafts. There are currently 2,388 daily flights. That's an increase of 465 over a normal November day.
The busiest air delivery day is expected to be Dec. 23 with 7.75 million air packages. The busiest days for Worldport are expected to be Thursday, Dec. 19 and Monday, Dec. 23.
UPS' highest international delivery day is expected to be Wed. Dec. 18 with 3.6 million packages delivered.
The last delivery days for the 2013 holiday season are as follows:
UPS 3 Day Select– ship by Thursday, Dec. 19
UPS 2nd Day Air – ship by Friday, Dec. 20
UPS Next Day Air – ship by Monday, Dec. 23
UPS says it expects to deliver more than 132 million packages during the week before Christmas.