As the nation enters the holiday season, the coronavirus has accelerated e-commerce to levels the shipping industry has never experienced, and carriers are warning people to send gifts early or risk delivery delays.
“We are preparing for what promises to be an unprecedented peak,” a FedEx spokesperson told the Washington Examiner via email. “Our message to customers throughout the holiday season … is simple: Shop Early, Ship Early!”
Online sales are projected to total more than $189 billion between Nov. 1 and Dec. 31, according to the Adobe Analytics Holiday Forecast 2020. That is 33% above 2019 levels, which was also a record-breaking year.