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Inside A FedEx Corp. Shipping Center On Cyber Monday
Photographer: Christopher Dilts/Bloomberg

Just after midnight on a freezing Tennessee night, the sky is filled with a moving constellation of jets making their final approaches to FedEx Corp.’s exclusive runways at the Memphis airport.

Every seat in the control room is filled. The unstoppable sweep of the minute hand around the clock pushes the shipper and its rival United Parcel Service Inc. toward an immovable deadline -- Dec. 25.