To ensure that the shipping process runs smoothly throughout the coming months, Amazon has announced that it plans to hire 80,000 new seasonal employees, representing a 14 percent increase from last season.
On Monday, Google announced that it would expand its same-day shipping service to include Washington D.C., Chicago and Boston.
The Defense Department's new shipping contractor, International Auto Logistics (IAL), reported last week that holdups at customs were to blame for the delay in the delivery of service members' vehicles.
On Tuesday, FedEx announced that it would raise its shipping rates by 4.9 percent, effective on January 5, 2015.
UPS continues to suffer setbacks as more retailers have begun offering free shipping and the delivery atmosphere has become more competitive.