How This Holiday Season Will Be A Blessing For UPS - Seeking ALPHA The upcoming holiday season will be five days shorter than last year due to a late Thanksgiving. This will prompt more last minute shopping and more shipments. UPS expects to pick up 32 million packages on December 2, 2013, which is the first Monday after Thanksgiving and known as Cyber Monday, this will be more packages than 10% last year. On Cyber Monday, online retailers provide steep discounts for holiday shoppers. To handle this increased workload in the holiday season, UPS will hire 55,000 seasonal employees across the U.S.