UPS forecasts it will handle a record 585 million packages this December amid the peak of the year-end shopping season, up 11 percent from last year.
Those packages would circle the earth nearly 4.5 times if they were lined up side by side and averaged 1 cubic foot each, according to the Sandy Springs, Ga.-based shipping giant.
The forecast comes as UPS prepares for improvements aimed at avoiding the delays that plagued its year-end deliveries last year and led to some dissatisfied customers.
The peak day for UPS this year will be Monday, Dec. 22, when the company expects to deliver more than 34 million packages. On a typical day, UPS delivers 17 million packages.