UPS hires 100,000 seasonal employees for prolonged trip purchasing

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – United Parcel Service Inc (N 🙂 announced on Wednesday that it is hiring more than 100,000 employees for the winter holidays, which retailers are expanding to avoid overloading a delivery network that is already taxed by pandemic-induced online purchases.

The world's largest parcel delivery company plans to hire about the same number of seasonal holiday helpers as last year. This year's peak season is expected to run from October through January – a month longer than last year as retailers prepare for their earliest start.

target (N :), Best buy (O 🙂 and Kohl & # 39; s (N 🙂 postponed the winter holiday campaigns back in October. Together with rival Walmart (N :), they announced the closure of stores on Thanksgiving and planned to bypass the midnight sales of Black Friday door openers, which traditionally mark the start of the holiday shopping season but are now at risk of COVID-19 infections to stir up.

UPS, FedEx Corp (N :), DHL (DE :), and rising rival Inc (O 🙂 have been inundated by demand for package delivery since March as virus-conscious shoppers shift their grocery purchases to furniture online.

During the second quarter, the average daily volume for the domestic package unit at UPS was 21.1 million, more than 91% of the value during the fourth quarter vacation peak. This volume was 17.2 million in the second quarter of 2019.

The Atlanta-based company responded to the surge by hiring approximately 39,000 permanent US workers last quarter. It also invests in automation.

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