Just last week UPS announced they’ll be hiring around 95,000 seasonal employees to assist with the uptick in holiday shipping needs due to the increase in online shopping. While the company has brought on seasonable help in the past two years, they still maintain a 37% temp-to-perm retention for those associates. Positions include drivers, package handlers and sort facilities staff in most UPS locations.
As e-commerce picks up UPS has struggled to accurately predict the staff it needs for the holidays, with 2013 volumes leaving them woefully understaffed and 2014 volumes dropping off a bit. The over staffing of 2014 led to a stronger dialogue between UPS and retailers to better predict the amount of staff needed to ensure smooth deliveries during the holidays.
“For many it’s an opportunity to earn some extra cash for the holidays,” said Abney, who started loading trucks at night in 1974 while in college. “But with many of our holiday hires getting permanent jobs with us, it can also be a gateway to a career.”
UPS isn’t the only logistics company looking to take on more help this Christmas. Logistics companies added more than 14,000 jobs in August as they prepare for the holidays, many focusing strongly on e-commerce, pick and pack and order fulfillment. Even trucking companies added more than 5,000 jobs combined in July and August though they showed some job losses earlier in the year.
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