Will UPS Blow It Again This Christmas?

Discussion in 'The Latest UPS Headlines' started by cheryl, Oct 11, 2014.

  1. cheryl

    cheryl I started this. Staff Member

    Will UPS Blow It Again This Christmas? - Motley Fool

    Shoppers and part-time workers received a boost recently on news that United Parcel Service plans to hire 90,000 to 95,000 seasonal workers for the holidays. The hiring is in line with its plans to better deal with the anticipated surge in holiday demand coming from e-commerce.

    One thing's for sure: The company can't afford a repeat of last Christmas, when delayed deliveries from both UPS and FedEx disappointed shoppers who then focused their ire toward online retailers.

    It's imperative that UPS gets it right this Christmas, and signs suggest it will. UPS' management has taken note of the lessons of unexpected peak demand, and has invested accordingly in a series of initiatives to manage peak demand and improve operational efficiencies.
     
  2. UPS4Life

    UPS4Life Active Member

    Forget where I read it but I think ups is urging business's to stagger their promotions and to not offer last minute guarantee's on the 23rd or that we are putting a cap on the amount that they can promise. Either way I can only hope for a better Christmas we don't need more bad media this year.


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  3. Shifting Contents

    Shifting Contents Most Help Needed

    Sent drivers to MDST to help train seasonals, more routes than EVER before. Hundreds of helpers and golf carts.

    If this doesn't work then the problems aren't ours.

    Amazon over promised last year hopefully we'll be able to deliver their promisies this year.
     
  4. upschuck

    upschuck Avatar bet gone wrong

    We will have two days to process last weekend shipping instead of one, so I predict that it will be rough, but not as bad as last year. I don't think that working Black Friday will have much of an impact.
     
  5. They will still cut routes. They rather give the customer a refund,than hire another driver.
     
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  6. oldngray

    oldngray nowhere special

    UPS math is most customers won't ask for a refund so its cheaper to pay for the ones that ask than to add enough routes to make service on everything.
     
  7. Jim Casey Is turning over in his gave,like a rotisserie chicken.
     
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  8. bleedinbrown58

    bleedinbrown58 ahhh....the mouth breathers

    One of the problems is the buildings that are already running over capacity. They can add routes and hire seasonals to cover them...but there is no room on the belts to load these extra routes...we're gonna end up carting packages and loading the extras outside in the yard. I remember 5 or 6 years ago...before the amazon blowup...we'd shut down one of the belts after peak during the slow period in January becaise so many routes were cut....not anymore.
     
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  9. cosmo1

    cosmo1 Just another internet hooligan.

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  10. jumpman23

    jumpman23 Oh Yeah

    We are in the process of running our center and we have another center that is a warehouse that is about a mile away for peak. Running 2 centers at peak, wow never thought id see it.
     
  11. jumpman23

    jumpman23 Oh Yeah

    Im wishfully thinking that UPS realizes that they have to start investing in the infrastructure of these centers that are too small and are over capacitated. Have to start building some new centers or make them larger.
     
  12. rod

    rod retired and happy

    A good share of the public ALWAYS waits until the last minute and now with all the on line shopping sites that only adds to the problem. Unless someone can change the consumers last minute shopping habits I predict there will always be an end of peak cluster f--k. 90,000 temps who for the most part aren't trained as good as they should be just means that UPS has 90,000 more people stumbling over each other.
     
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  13. rod

    rod retired and happy

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  14. bleedinbrown58

    bleedinbrown58 ahhh....the mouth breathers

    But.....that would make them spend money! lol
     
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  15. jumpman23

    jumpman23 Oh Yeah

    The money their spending this peek would make you believe that their realizing the big problem but who the heck knows ya know.
     
  16. Packmule

    Packmule Well-Known Member

    Either we set limits or we charge exorbitant rates the last few days so online shippers start urging shoppers to order early.
     
  17. 10 point

    10 point Well-Known Member

    Quantity is not quality.
     
  18. upsbeernut

    upsbeernut Sometimes I feel like a nut, sometimes i dont.

    So their basically gamblers and can count cards very well. They are going to get everything out the door everyday with the same unorganized unfixed dol and it will be too much to handle. You think no delivery help during this summer was bad , wait no one is coming to bail you out this peak. Pack a lunch and dinner. Good luck drivers Thank You for the day after thanksgiving off , Oh wait a minute i forgot business as usual with money as our incentive.
     
  19. Whatbrownwontdoforyou

    Whatbrownwontdoforyou Well-Known Member

    The center I am in now can't handle the volume now.....work doesn't fit in the trucks,less drivers than last year and everyone is already working 10+ hours a day


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  20. upsbeernut

    upsbeernut Sometimes I feel like a nut, sometimes i dont.

    We must be in the same center , same building. Our building has 6 different centers overcrowded all year long and with peak coming one of the centers is already outside like last year. Helpers will be the magic bullet to get us thru or more like a bullet to the head.