Holiday Shipping is a larger industry than you may think. According to the University of Illinois, there are more than 15,000 Christmas tree farms in the United States, growing approximately 350 Million Christmas trees at any time. Approximately 100,000 people are employed full or part-time in the Christmas tree industry. 24.5 million farm-grown Christmas trees are purchased annually in the United States, with a real market value of $1.01 billion. But not enough credit is given to the trucking industry that hauls all of these trees to the retail locations where they are sold. With that average truckload carries 400 trees, a staggering 61,250 truckloads of Christmas trees are hauled each year.
While the holiday season is filled with excitement and cheer, it is important to stay alert and vigilant while working during the holiday season. According to Fleet Owner, holiday weekends are notorious for presenting increased cargo theft risks for transportation companies, shippers, and manufacturers. Organized theft rings are always active and recognize holiday weekends can cause shipments to be unattended for prolonged periods of time. So make sure to remain attentive while working during the holiday season.
UPS, FedEx, the USPS, and other shippers will ship more than eight hundred million packages from Thanksgiving to Christmas. The period between November 24th and January 3rd shipping accounts for the largest hiring bubble in any professional industry. Along with the amazing growth in the industry, holidays are the most challenging time for shipping providers of all sizes.
TCI recognizes that when we see a truck during the holidays, we should wave and smile to remind the driver that we understand they are working hard, missing their families and doing their best to deliver the packages on-time. Holiday shipping is not only one of the most challenging industries to work in, but it is one of the most critically judged. If you are shipping, do all you can to get your promises delivered, but also enjoy the season and relax. Your package will arrive precisely when it does. The holidays are a time to relax, not rage.
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