Christmas Time Preload - Whats it Like?

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by DH7, Aug 29, 2015.

  1. Ive never been at UPS during the peak of Christmas time. Any older UPSers who have been through the system have any tips about preloading feel free to answer.
     
  2. Also, how do I get the chance to be a helper with a driver along with preloading? Do they ask me or do I have to apply?
     
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  3. Cementups

    Cementups Box Monkey

    BUSY!!!
     
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  4. The seventh layer of hell. Enjoy
     
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  5. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

    The same as it is now only you get to wear a Santa hat while you work.
     
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  6. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

    And start time is midnight.
     
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  7. upschuck

    upschuck Avatar bet gone wrong

    They put a bid list up, for those that want to be helpers.
     
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  8. Billy Ray

    Billy Ray God, help us all.....

    What's it Like?

    Lots of Merriment
     
  9. Richard Harrow

    Richard Harrow Deplorable.

    There'll be packages flying and pre-loaders crying and drivers stuck in the snow...
     
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  11. Anthonysg0113

    Anthonysg0113 Active Member

    Be ready to work. And if you help(jump), be ready to listen to what the drivers have to say.
     
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  12. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.


    Run little man run.
     
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  13. Sleeve_meet_Heart

    Sleeve_meet_Heart making the unreadable unreadabler

    For $10/hr, I'd rather be doing something else. That's for sure.

    But peak specifically, it's just more hours and more packages with slightly different sorts, car lineups, and more vehicles.
     
  14. $11 actually :)
     
  15. Sleeve_meet_Heart

    Sleeve_meet_Heart making the unreadable unreadabler

    Tips for preload: load the packages in the right car, or whatever your function and mind your business. Not really much different than outside of peak. :D
     
  16. If you start at midnight instead of four... are trucks leaving earlier or is it that many more packages going into the trucks?
     
  17. Anthonysg0113

    Anthonysg0113 Active Member

    Well, skilled. And to answer your question about start times...., it's that much more.
     
  18. Sleeve_meet_Heart

    Sleeve_meet_Heart making the unreadable unreadabler

    More packages in trucks, far more trucks. The start times for drivers generally remain unchanged, though am time can be pushed up a little if loads are late. Also, on Monday AM last peak, our preload was ending at 6:30-7am some days. Shockingly early, with all of the air already in and being quite overstaffed.
     
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  19. upschuck

    upschuck Avatar bet gone wrong

    Don't know where you are, but our helpers get $15+/hour. Some places, it will be as low as $10.10, I'd imagine.
     
  20. jibbs

    jibbs Long Live the Chief




    it's pretty much hell, just instead of fire and brimstone you've got conveyors and cardboard, and part-time supe's replace the whip-wielding demons. also, we make way more money than we usually do.


    enjoy your time.
     
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