VIDEO from FedEx Corporation available on Last Day to Ship for Christmas via FedEx Ground on Friday, December 17, 2010

Dec 15, 2010, 12:26 ET from

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During the FedEx busy season, 285,000 team members serve as Santa's helpers, delivering millions of packages filled with holiday cheer. The last day to ship your gift via ground with guaranteed delivery before Christmas is on Friday, December 17. As online and in-store shoppers check off their lists, FedEx expects to see more than 223.3 million shipments pass through its global network during the holiday season – an 11 percent jump from last year.

The importance of free holiday shipping offers among online retailers continues to grow as sales competition stiffens. The National Retail Federation reported that 85% of online merchants planned to offer free shipping at some point this holiday season, up from 79% in 2009; another 36% of online retailers reported their budget for free shipping is higher than last holiday season. But procrastinating shoppers and shippers be warned! Because many free online shipping offers rely on ground-based shipping services like FedEx Ground, these pre-Christmas shipping deals will also be disappearing at the end of the week when the holiday cut-off arrives! For more information, visit

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