United Parcel Service plans to hire more than 100,000 extra workers to help handle an increase in packages during the holiday season.
UPS said Wednesday that it expects a record peak season. Online shopping has been growing for years, and the pandemic has given it an extra boost as some shoppers avoid going to stores. Holiday-season volumes usually start rising in October and remain high into January.
The company will have full-time and part-time seasonal jobs, mostly package handlers, drivers and driver helpers. Over the last three years, about 35% of people for seasonal package-handling jobs wound up in permanent positions.
FedEx said last week it plans to hire up to 70,000 seasonal workers, a big jump from 55,000 last year.