INDIANAPOLIS - Monday is expected to be the busiest shipping day of the year according to the U.S. Postal Service and UPS.
UPS says it will pick up 34 million packages around the world Monday, which is double its normal volume. It's a 9.6 percent increase over 2012. Roughly 85 percent of those will be delivered the next day.
USPS expects to deliver 545 million packages this holiday season. It will deliver to 152 million addresses this year. The deadline for first-class mail at the U.S. Postal Service is Friday. The cutoff date for priority mail is Saturday.
The workload means that UPS adds an additional 55,000 seasonal employees to get the work done.
Following the busiest pick-up day, UPS says Tuesday is its busiest delivery day. More than 29 million packages will hit the doorsteps of the company's customers around the world. During the span of 24 hours, an average of 335 packages will be delivered every second by UPS.