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FedEx CEO Says Company Can Meet Holiday Demand Amid Supply Chain Issues

The shipping industry is also facing staffing shortages

With the holiday season approaching, delays in the U.S. supply chain have raised the question of whether shipping companies will be able to meet the holiday demand.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo told "Face the Nation" that consumers should "call FedEx" if they wanted to ensure that their packages would arrive in time for Christmas. In response, FedEx CEO Fred Smith said Sunday that his company will be able to make holiday deliveries on time if it can hire enough employees to do so.

"We're ready, assuming that we can get the employees," Smith said in an interview with "Face the Nation." "The lack of employees, particularly since last spring and into the summer, partially because of the Delta variant and partially because of the stimulus which hit right before the Delta variant took hold of a lot of the country, created a lot of employment issues."

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