FedEx prepares for holiday rush

(Photo: WKRN)

Santa's helpers are already hard at work at FedEx's sorting facility in Nashville.

Some 280 million packages are expected to roll off the conveyer belt at the facility located in Metro Center this holiday season.

“Obviously the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is our busiest time of the year, it's one we really get excited about because this is what we do, it's what we specialize in,” Senior Manager Susan Shurling told Nashville's News 2.

FedEx is one of Tennessee's largest employers and to help with the holiday shipping surge, some 20,000 seasonal employees are brought in across the globe

Shurling continued, “We expect to ship 19 million packages on Monday, which will be a new record for FedEx.”

The record number of packages is thanks largely to online shoppers.

For those who haven't started shopping yet, procrastinators still have time to make sure their gifts arrive under the tree.

“For Express you can ship as late as [December 22] and we will get it delivered by Monday the 24th, in time for Christmas,” Shurling said.

This year, FedEx expects a 13% increase in volume over 2011.

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