MEMPHIS, Tenn. — With so many people staying home due to the pandemic, shipping giant FedEx says they're seeing an influx of packages through their system.
FedEx Ground has seen drastic increases during this time compared to years prior. A spokesperson with FedEx said these are peak levels for their services and it’s being compared to the level of shipping during the holidays.
Multiple sources like Forbes and The Future of Commerce report electronic shopping numbers have skyrocketed over the past 2 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They report online orders in the U.S. are up more than 100%.
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It’s causing companies like FedEx Ground to speed up the expansion process of Sunday home delivery to enhance customer experiences. They say the plan is for it to be available to 95% of the country by September.
A statement from a FedEx spokesperson reads in part: “FedEx is proactively taking steps, similar to what we do during the peak season, to help ensure we continue providing safe and reliable service during these unprecedented times.”
The company said it expects online orders to continue to rise.
To fill the rising demand, they’re adding more drivers to cut routes and fulfill more orders.
FedEx has suspended some signature requirements for U.S. deliveries and put no-contact pickups in place for driver and customer safety.
FedEx said to keep things moving at a steady pace, they’re continuing to hire to meet these needs, and they said it could also be a help to those who have lost their job due to COVID-19.
FedEx also said they’re working with customers to resolve any issues they may face with their deliveries.
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