LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Keith Kaiser goes inside Worldport as UPS gears up for its peak shipping season.
Millions of packages are expected to be sorted and shipped in the next week to arrive on time for Christmas.
UPS Peak Season is in full swing, and today kicks off the final week of getting holiday packages to their final destination.
UPS will deliver more than half a billion packages around the world this holiday season, an all-time record for the global logistics giant.
The World's Largest Delivery Company expects to deliver more than 132 million packages over the next week, and employees at Worldport in Louisville will sort more than 3 million packages per day in the week leading up to the Christmas holiday.
UPS Peak Season 2013 at a Glance
26 shopping days and 17 shipping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the shortest holiday shopping season on record
2002 was the last time this happened
Last year (2012) there were 32 shopping days and 21 shipping days
55,000 temporary seasonal workers nationwide, approximately 1,300 at Worldport
Highest global pickup volume day is Monday Dec. 16: 34 million (9.6% increase)
Highest delivery day is Tuesday Dec. 17: 29 million (5.5% increase)
300 every second
78 million online pkg tracking requests
Added aircraft: 23, supplementing UPS's fleet of 237 aircraft
2,388 daily flights (465 more than normal day in Nov.)
Busiest air delivery day: 7.75 million air packages Dec. 23
Busiest days for Worldport are Thursday, Dec. 19 and Monday, Dec. 23
Highest international delivery day, Wednesday Dec. 18: 3.6 million (2.9% increase)
Last delivery days:
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 expects to deliver more than 132 million packages during the week before Christmas
With the rise of e-commerce and online shopping, the peak shipping season has become much shorter.
Previously, the holiday peak season spanned Thanksgiving to Christmas; now it's compressed to the last two weeks before Christmas
2013 is UPS's 107th Peak Season