My terminal has only been open about 3 years and we are already undergoing a major expansion. Right now between HD and Ground we can sort about 15000 packages per hour, once construction is finished that number jumps to 45000 per hour. But it's not going to make a bit of difference, we are already shorthanded 4 or 5 package handlers a day on the HD side, supervisors have been promoted to the hub side with no one to replace them and get this, I asked one of the remaining supervisors if they were going to hire more temps than they did last year, which was way understaffed, and they said we aren't going to hire any. What ! yea that's right we found out it was cheaper to turn the supplemental routes into actual routes and now its up to the contractor to hire any additional help they may need. Cheaper for FedEx means the customer loses again. So they finally gave a core charge for most all routes, but whatever the contractor gained in route money he will lose paying for another driver. I know they make about 3 times as much during peak but still, paying drivers, fuel and rentals will null any money they might have made. Contractors will try to get by with the least amount of help which means your package will either go for a ride or sit at the terminal and help bring in the new year. Merry Christmas from Fred.