As a home delivery driver peak was a mixed bag this year. It was easier than expected, but the numbers weren't there as they thought. We were supposed to hit a record of 18,000 packages in home delivery, but the highest was 16,400. That only happened one day, the rest of the days were far lower, averaging 13,000 or so. Only had to work in the dark once and that was the 3rd day of peak. I think I figured out what FedEx did so as to not end up in the news again this year. Remember that when extra effort and man power is needed to deliver all packages on time, this will be done without costing Freddie a dime. The numbers were deliberately inflated causing contractors to panic and hire more help incurring all cost to themselves. I have contractors telling me that not only have they not made good money this peak, but some are going in the hole after paying for more help than they needed, rental vans and so on. Keep in mind contractors are paid about 3 times the normal rate for stops during peak and they are still losing money. Time after time we would be told that the numbers for tomorrow would be 13,500 only to come in the next morning and see the number drop to 10,600 or so. I find it hard to believe this is an honest mistake, they know how many trucks are coming in overnight and how many pieces are on each truck. The only time a mistake would be made is if we ended up with more than expected, sometimes a hub gets a trailer loaded they didn't know at the time they could. I have to give management credit, we got out before 8.00 every day and at the end at 7.15 or so. Last year it was 9.30 or closer to 10.00 before we got out some days. I did notice some regular customers not getting anything delivered during peak maybe UPS got it or they went shopping instead. Anyway I'm glad it's over and am looking forward to two days off again.