In October, Great Lakes freighters transported 11.3 million tons of cargo, which signifies a 20 percent increase over the long-term October average.
Last year's holiday shipping delays proved problematic for both consumers and businesses, so this year retailers are working extra hard to streamline their shipping services and guarantee accurate delivery.
UPS predicts that its busiest shipping day of the year will be December 22, which is less than two months away.
The National Retail Federation recently reported that businesses are in the midst of finalizing their shipping and logistics plans to avoid any delays or customer service errors during the coming holiday season.
Cyber Monday emerges as the biggest e-commerce day of the year.