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• The Los Angeles Times reports that "edEx projections pegged the number of packages flowing through its system Monday at 22.6 million, up from 22 million parcels on the busiest day in December 2013. The record-breaking day came on the heels of FedEx's busiest week of the year, Dec. 7 to 13, which saw about 83 million packages moving through the company's global network.

"And FedEx wasn't alone; both United Parcel Service Inc. and the U.S. Postal Service braced themselves for a whirlwind of mail before the holidays, partly the result of the unrelenting growth in online shopping. Nearly 127 million shoppers browsed online for bargains on Cyber Monday alone, the National Retail Federation said, signaling that Web sales were once again a driving force during the holiday season.

"The Postal Service's peak mailing day coincides with FedEx's, with more than 640 million cards, letters and packages processed, compared with 607 million on last year's peak day. From Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve, the Postal Service expects to deliver 12.7 billion letters, cards and packages."
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