FedEx, UPS Rely on Technology to Keep Lid on Seasonal Hiring

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  1. cheryl

    cheryl I started this. Staff Member

    FedEx, UPS Rely on Technology to Keep Lid on Seasonal Hiring - NASDAQ

    Holiday hiring is expected to be flat at package-delivery giants FedEx Corp. and United Parcel Service Inc., but that masks efforts behind the scenes to prepare for the coming wave of e-commerce orders.

    FedEx is opening four new hubs and "dozens" of small, satellite facilities to receive, sort and ship an expected surge in packages between Thanksgiving and Christmas, executives said this week. UPS is expanding a network of temporary sorting hubs and is increasing its use of software to help sort packages faster, a spokeswoman said.

    Both companies have also invested in automation so they can process more packages over the holidays while keeping staffing levels relatively steady. If their projections hold, FedEx and UPS will have kept the number of seasonal workers steady for two years running, at over 50,000 and 95,000 workers respectively, after sharply ramping up holiday hiring earlier in the decade.
     
  2. Operational needs

    Operational needs Well-Known Member

    This is funny. What good does it do to be able to sort more packages faster, if there isn't enough manpower and equipment to deliver everything?
     
  3. DieHardUPSER

    DieHardUPSER New Member

    Two things: First straight from the OP, "Both companies have also invested in automation so they can process more packages over the holidays while keeping staffing levels relatively steady." Second from personal experience they are opening additional temporary sorts in existing facilities and using employees from other shifts as the bulk of the staffing. I am sure there are other things in place but those two are the big ones.
     
  4. olroadbeech

    olroadbeech Happy Verified UPSer

    This actually means package drivers , as usual, will have to pick it up and deliver more boxes and work more hours.
     
  5. YeeYee

    YeeYee New Member

    Sounds to me like there will be a lot more holding of packages at hubs going on.