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Mild Weather Eases UPS, FedEx Strain in Record Holiday Rush

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  • Forecast provides relief in final days of Christmas shipping
  • Coordination with online retailers also seen as a boost

United Parcel Service Inc. and FedEx Corp. may get some help from the weather and better coordination with online retailers as they move into the final days of a record Christmas shipping season.

The busiest day for UPS comes Tuesday, when the world’s largest package-delivery company projects volume of 36 million pieces, or double its normal daily average. By Christmas Eve, UPS and FedEx project they will have handled almost 1 billion shipments for the holiday crush that began on Black Friday.