Internet, calendar expected to create intense holiday shipping seasonThe Associated Press | October 27,2013AP Photo
A United Parcel Service driver unloads packages from a truck and arranges them for delivery in New YorkCity. UPS will hire 55,000 U.S. seasonal workers to help with an expected increase in volume over the 2013 holiday shopping season.ATLANTA — United Parcel Service expects this holiday season to be busier than last, thanks to the growing popularity of online shopping. And more intense, thanks to the calendar.
The world’s biggest package delivery company said it foresees peak season daily volume rising 8 percent this year.
UPS, based in Atlanta, predicts that it will pick up more than 34 million packages on the busiest day, Monday, Dec. 16. UPS predicts deliveries will peak at 29 million the next day.
The company plans to hire 55,000 U.S. seasonal employees to work as drivers, helpers, package sorters, loaders and unloaders. That’s the same number as last year, but this year’s group may feel a lot busier.
Besides the increased volume, there are just 26 shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas, six fewer than last year, making it the most compressed holiday shopping season since 2002.
UPS expects that Cyber Monday on Dec. 2 will see a 10 percent increase in pickup volume, surpassing 32 million packages.
UPS’ smaller rival, FedEx, said it expects Dec. 2 to be its busiest day of the holiday season. FedEx expects to carry more than 22 million shipments that day. FedEx expects to hire slightly more than the 20,000 seasonal workers that it added last year.
The National Retail Federation predicts that retail sales in November and December will rise 3.9 percent over last year to $602 million — $738 per shopper. It expects online sales to rise by 13 percent to 15 percent.MORE IN National / World BusinessMUMBAI, India — India could put a landmark World Trade Organization deal in jeopardy at hectic... Full StoryWEST BRIDGEWATER, Mass. — It’s been called a David vs. Full StoryMOSCOW — Having for months dismissed Western sanctions on Russia as toothless, business leaders... Full Story
- Most Popular
- Most Emailed
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1932, President Hoover orders the Army to evict bonus marchers from Anacostia Flats; author Malcolm Lowry born this day, as is Jackie Kennedy and Mike Bloomfield; Stephen Crane on consuming one's own heart.
- TODAY'S WEATHER MINUTE: Rutland Herald content editor Rich Alcott shares local weather information and easily digestible news tidbits: Earth barely avoids being blasted by immense solar flare in 2012, astrophysicists say next time might not be so lucky.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1898, Nelson Miles leads American troops into Puerto Rico during Spanish-American War, Bob Dylan electrifies Newport Folk Festival in 1965, author and longshoreman Eric Hoffer born this day in 1902.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: No charges to be filed inconnection with crash of city police cruiser, farmers group turn to Internet to raise money for solar project, Street Talk polls passersby about legal marijuana.
- TODAY'S WEATHER MINUTE: Rutland Herald content editor Rich Alcott shares local weather information for Friday, July 25, and easily digestible news tidbits: Mysterious enormous hole in the Siberian tundra baffles scientists.
- TODAY'S WEATHER MINUTE: Rutland Herald content editor Rich Alcott shares local weather information and easily digestible news tidbits: Ever wonder why the otherwise straight-lined Appalachian chain's got a big crimp in it in Pennsylvania and and New York?