Company to Hire 55,000 Seasonal Workers; Five Days Each Approaching 25 Million or More Deliveries
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Nov. 9, 2011 /CNW/ - UPS's (NYSE: UPS) holiday logistical miracle will be bigger and better than
ever this year.
UPS expects to deliver more than 120 million packages this year in just
the last week before Christmas, up more than 6 per cent compared to the
113 million delivered during last year's "peak week." That growth
demonstrates the recent trend of people delaying online shopping until
just before Christmas. Since the explosion of e-commerce, the holiday
peak season has been compressed to the last two weeks before Christmas.
This year, in a dramatic underscoring of the trend, UPS is projecting it
will see five different days on which its deliveries will approach or
exceed 25 million - all within the last 10 days before Christmas. Last
year, there were four days on which deliveries topped 24 million
packages and only one day on which it surpassed 25 million.
A delivery volume of 25 million packages represents a 60 per cent
increase compared to UPS's normal daily volume of 15.6 million and
amounts to the delivery of 289 packages every second of the day.
The 2011 shipping season will reach its apex Dec. 22, UPS's peak
shipping day, when the company projects its delivery volume worldwide
will approach 26 million.
To handle all those packages, UPS will be hiring 55,000 seasonal
employees across the globe, an increase from last year's 50,000
seasonal hires. UPS Canada will be adding close to 10% to its small
package work force. The seasonal workers will act as walkers in
high-density areas to handle additional volume without increasing fuel
emissions. Globally, seasonal workers will work either as driver
helpers or package sorters, loaders and unloaders.
"Early indications point to a solid holiday shopping and shipping
season," said Alan Gershenhorn, UPS chief sales and marketing officer.
"To handle the holiday rush and maintain the reliability that's needed
when shopping close to Christmas, we're flexing every part of our
global integrated small package network."
Shipping Tips for Consumers
Consumers can help ensure their packages reach their destination on time
by knowing a few key shipping deadlines. Most UPS ground packages will
reach their destinations in one-to-three days. Last-minute shoppers who
ship their packages Friday, Dec. 23, can rely on UPS air services to
deliver packages by Dec. 24. UPS will fly more than 400 additional
flights per day during peak week, the week leading up to Sunday, Dec.
25. Here is a full downloadable list of holiday shipping deadlines.
UPS projects its peak air day this year will be Friday, Dec. 23, with
more than six million deliveries of air packages on that day compared
to a normal air volume of three million. In fact, UPS expects more
than 58 million online package tracking requests on Dec. 20, the
busiest tracking day of the season.
To deliver a hassle-free holiday, UPS provides customers a variety of
options for their holiday shipping:
Let The UPS Store Do the Packing: With over 340 The UPS Store locations in Canada, consumers can learn more about holiday packing.
Participating locations will also offer The UPS Store Pack & Ship Promise. With every shipment packed by the certified packing experts at The
UPS Store, and shipped with UPS, customers have the option of
purchasing Shipment Protection. In doing so, The UPS Store promise is
that the package will be so well packaged, that should unforeseen
circumstances occur, The UPS Store will offer a full 100% refund on the
declared value of the package which can include the merchandise, the
retail price paid for shipping and the retail price paid for packing
materials and labour.
Bypass Lines at ups.com: Customers can visit ups.com for do-it-yourself holiday shipping solutions and purchase and print
shipping labels. Packages can be picked up by a UPS driver, placed in
one of 415 UPS drop boxes or dropped off at a UPS Customer Centre, The
UPS Store or other authorized shipping outlets.
Go Green with Carbon Neutral Shipping: For environmentally-conscious
gift givers, UPS offers carbon neutral shipping. UPS works with globally recognized environmental projects to purchase
offsets for the mitigation of carbon emissions. For as little as five
cents, customers who choose to offset their shipping impact can select
UPS's carbon neutral option at the end of the online shipping process.
UPS is matching the offset purchases up to $1 million.
For holiday shipping information, tips and solutions:
UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range
of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the
facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced
technology to more efficiently manage the world of business.
Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and
territories worldwide. The company can be found on the web at UPS.com and its corporate blog can be found at blog.ups.com. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS.
About The UPS Store
With more than 340 stores nation-wide, The UPS Store is Canada's largest
franchised chain of business services centres, offering such services
as digital printing, document finishing, photocopies, mailbox rentals,
worldwide shipping and much more. Visit theupsstore.ca to find a location near you.
SOURCE UPS Canada Ltd.
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