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UPS Beefs Up Seasonal Employees for Holiday Preparations

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UPS Beefs Up Seasonal Employees for Holiday Preparations

With the holidays quickly approaching, UPS begins preparations for the inevitable increase in demand by recruiting an estimated 100,000 full and parttime seasonal workers. The positions available include package handlers, drivers and driver-helpers offering competitive incentives to qualified seasonal workers. Among benefits highlighted include the company’s Earn and Learn program which offers students up to $1,300 towards college expenses, healthcare, and retirement benefits.

“We expect another record Peak season this year, with daily package deliveries nearly doubling compared to our average of 20 million per day,” said Jim Barber, chief operating officer.  “In order to make that happen, once again we’re recruiting about 100,000 people for some of the country’s best seasonal jobs.”

UPS reports that about 35 percent of their seasonal packaging handler employees were eventually recognized and named permanent staff members. Other seasonal employees, such as Mercy Alvarado, benefit from the UPS-employee relationship years following the initial hire.

“I started my UPS career as a seasonal driver helper in part because the company’s tuition reimbursement program offered an opportunity to continue my education,” Alvarado said. “Since then I’ve not only completed my associate’s and bachelor’s degrees, I’ve been promoted twice and am now a full-time supervisor. UPS is the place where I plan to retire someday, and I’ll always be thankful for this amazing job and opportunity.”

Other seasonal employees hired by UPS support operations at temporary facilities designated specifically for demanding shipping waves reported during the holidays and other peak seasons.

UPS to Invest $2B in Europe, Asia and the Americas

Atlanta, GA – UPS has committed to investing $2 billion over the next five years in an expansion to its global infrastructure in Europe, Asia and the Americas.

The global package delivery giant announced its new investment strategy at a recent investors’ meeting where it disclosed intentions to inject 4.5 to 5 percent of its annual revenue from 2015 to 2019 in building its network in the named regions in a major effort to “improve the profitability of its e-commerce deliveries.”

According to a statement released by the company, UPS intends to grow total revenue by 5-7 percent per year, and operating profit by 8-11 percent per year. It wants to increase its US domestic revenue by 5-6 percent every year through 2019, and operating profit by 8-10 percent annually.

“UPS is a strong company that has proven its ability to adapt,” said UPS CEO David Abney.

Customer needs, he said, “continue to change, and we’re changing with them by offering new and innovative solutions.”

The delivery firm expects online shopping to account for 51 percent of its U.S. domestic volume by 2019, up from 46 percent this year.

UPS says its On-Road Integrated Optimization and Navigation (ORION) system should reduce an average of seven to eight miles traveled from daily driver routes.

The company is attempting to make lightweight e-commerce packages more lucrative, boosting delivery density by using the new ORION route software and by pricing items by dimension as well as weight.

Technology-optimizing routes and improved planning would translate into lower costs per package, UPS said, adding that ORION is already in use by 22,000 UPS drivers and its full deployment should be complete by 2016.