FedEx Planning for 'Surge Volume' Event September 21-24, Coinciding with Rumored iPhone 5 Launch Date

MacRumors has received word that FedEx is making preparations for a "surge volume" event during the period of September 21-24, coinciding with rumors of an iPhone launch in the United States and several other countries on Friday, September 21. While neither Apple nor the iPhone 5 has been specifically mentioned as the source of the surge for FedEx, the iPhone 5 is expected to be introduced at next Wednesday's media event, and a launch nine days later would be in line with several past product debuts.

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As revealed in the notice, FedEx seems to be limiting employee travel and training around this period, making sure as many workers as possible are on hand to deal with the surge of shipments. The carrier is generally Apple's primary shipping partner for U.S. orders, although Apple will sometimes use other carriers such as UPS during times of heavy demand.

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steviec Avatar
153 months ago
This surge is actually due to me. I'm Christmas shopping a little earlier than usually -
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Matthew Yohe Avatar
153 months ago
lol...we're even down to the shipping carrier now?

You haven't been watching these releases that closely then. The folks in this forums should be tracking cargo planes any moment now...
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
daneoni Avatar
153 months ago
lol...we're even down to the shipping carrier now?
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CausticPuppy Avatar
153 months ago
WOW! It sounds like there might be a new iPhone launched later this month! :eek::eek::eek:


Next up.... "STARBUCKS prepared for surge in late-night coffee drinkers waiting in line overnight for new iPhone"
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
troop231 Avatar
153 months ago
My iPhone 3 has basically melted.

That's a feature built by Apple to kill off their outdated phones :D
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ECUpirate44 Avatar
153 months ago
Is this really front page news?

It's iPhone season. Yes, it is.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)