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•  Bloomberg reports that "FedEx Corp. and United Parcel Service Inc. are girding for their biggest test yet in the ecommerce era, with 'Christmas Creep' pushing the holiday shopping season ever earlier and stretching the limits of shipping networks already strained by the COVID-19 pandemic."

The stress test is seen as beginning this week, as Amazon, Walmart and Target - as well as myriad smaller competitors - launched major online promotions that inevitably would lead to strains on their various distribution mechanisms.  In addition, "With legions of consumers staying away from stores this year, the parcel carriers are already handling record deliveries and bumping against capacity constraints."