FedEx and UPS Hiring More Workers to Avoid Holiday Delays

As reported by ABC News, FedEx and United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS) are hiring more workers to avoid the delays that plagued last year’s holiday season.

FedEx plans to hire 50,000 seasonal workers, up from 40,000 last year, while UPS will add up to 95,000 people, up from 85,000. Last year, both companies scrambled to hire more seasonal employees than they had planned.

FedEx also expects to invest $1.2 billion in its ground-shipping network in its current fiscal year, with most of that going to increase capacity and automation. The company said that the improvements have sped up ground delivery by a day or more in more than two-thirds of the U.S. UPS has also invested to boost shipping capacity during the holidays.

Last December, the delivery giants were caught off-guard by bad weather and a surge in last-minute online shopping, leading to an estimated 2 million packages arriving late for the holidays.

About 1.3 million express packages handled by UPS and 618,000 carried by FedEx failed to get delivered on time last Christmas Eve, with UPS and FedEx at fault roughly 30 percent of the time, according to ShipMatrix Inc. In most cases, retailers promised guaranteed express delivery, but didn’t pay the delivery companies for that speedier service.

The retail federation’s online division, Shop.org, predicts that online sales in November and December will rise 8 to 11 percent over last year.

Cyber Monday Online Shopping Extends Four Days After the Big Day

More than 130 million Americans participated in Cyber Monday this year. Cyber Monday sales reached a record $2 billion, a 20 percent increase since last year. Although Cyber Monday focuses on one day, the other four days this week continue to be peak online shopping days. Check out the infographic below, presented by Blue Fountain Media, for more information. [Read more...]

New Online Source for Wooden Toys, Games, Furniture Launches

A new e-commerce website selling handcrafted wooden toys, games, and furniture has launched at www.ToysAndGamesChest.com.

The new online store is owned and operated by Texas-based Internet company Mort’s Mart LLC. Toys and games include rocking horses, building blocks, jigsaw puzzles, wagons, and more.

All of the furniture pieces found at ToysAndGamesChest.com have an innovative design and sturdy wooden construction. Select pieces can accommodate adults as well.

All products at ToysAndGamesChest.com contain extensive descriptions including dimensions, colors, weight limitations, and age limitations to ensure the customer is selecting the appropriate gift or product for their home.

For more information on this new online children’s store, visit www.ToysAndGamesChest.com.

The Toy Book’s Toy Report 01/05/10

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Catch up on last week’s news! Read The Toy Book Toy Report for 01/05/10.

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Mattel Launches New Online Shopping Website

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Mattel has premiered a new website that allows shoppers to buy its products directly. MattelShop.com features over 40 of the company’s brands including Matchbox, Polly Pocket, and High School Musical. Visitors to the website can shop by age, gender, brand, category, and play pattern to find a desirable product. The website also has links to social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace, allowing customers to invite friends and family to the website in order to shop together or to share their findings.  The website also allows visitors to “watch others shop” by displaying the most viewed products, which update every 15 seconds.  Check out the new website here.