METRO DETROIT (CBS Detroit) Predicting a record seasonal global delivery volume — more than 14 percent above the peak delivery period last year — UPS has added two additional delivery days for 2016.

And there’s more good news: UPS plans to add more than 95,000 temporary seasonal workers, including delivery helpers who ride with drivers, and package sorters, loaders and drivers.

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According to glassdoor.com, The typical hourly pay for a UPS part time package handler ranges from $8-$18, with an average hourly pay of $11.

Candidates for seasonal jobs can apply on UPSjobs.com.

“This holiday work often is an entry point for future permanent jobs and career advancement. Thirty-seven percent of 2014-15 seasonal hires stayed on as UPS employees,” the company said in a press release.

The hiring blitz comes as the company expects to surpass 700 million packages delivered globally in 25 days between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve.

Based on current information, the company anticipates a record 13 of the 21 delivery days before Christmas to exceed 30 million packages a day. UPS delivers approximately 18 million packages daily during typical non-peak shipping periods.

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“Online and mobile commerce is simultaneously creating new opportunities and challenges for the retail industry, yet a constant remains: the holiday season is the most important time of the year for retailers,” said Kate Gutmann, senior vice president UPS Sales and Solutions. “We are committed to helping make this year’s peak season a success for our shippers in all industries.”

Since Christmas falls on Sunday, UPS is developing operating plans that smooth volume throughout the busy weeks, advancing pickups and processing through the weekend prior to its peak delivery day – currently scheduled for Monday, Dec. 19th – to ensure customers enjoy timely deliveries.

A similar approach from Black Friday through Cyber Weekend (Nov. 25-27) will advance delivery processing and smooth volume flow across the following week as merchants fulfill orders from distribution centers and through store inventory earlier in the season.

To make it easier for customers, UPS has been preparing for its busiest shipping season with the opening of 15 new or expanded hub facilities across the U.S. The company also is installing mobile delivery villages and adding thousands of delivery car positions to support its expanded ground delivery fleet during the period.

“In addition to investing in temporary seasonal processing facilities, UPS is implementing new technology and automation systems to increase capacity, efficiency and flexibility within the operations. We have completed the full U.S. deployment for our sophisticated route navigation system, ORION, to reduce miles traveled even with more delivery stops and volume carried,” Gutmann added.

 

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