Who Ships Those 300 Million Holiday Packages, VisualizedS

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Or least, if you're in the parcel delivery business. But who exactly is doing the brunt of the shipping this holiday season? Here's how it breaks down.

Volume is actually a boon to the Big Three mailers in the US: UPS, FedEx, and the Postal Service all rake in millions through mid-December. FedEx leads the charge, moving 16 million packages on its busiest day, UPS hires an additional 37,500 workers for the holiday crush, according to the WSJ. As for the USPS, on December 20th they sort through a whopping 800 million pieces of mail on December 20th alone. Many of which, hopefully, contain gift cards addressed to me. [ZenDesk via Laughing Squid]