United Parcel Service will hire 55,000 seasonal employees to handle what they say will be a compressed holiday season this year.
“There are 26 shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas, six fewer than last year making it the most compressed holiday season since 2002,” said a statement on the UPS website.
The company expects daily volume to increase by 8% during the holiday season this year.
UPS expects to see highest package activity during peak online shopping times, which include Cyber Monday (December 2), as well as their forecast peak pick-up day Monday, December 16 and their forecast peak delivery day on Tuesday, December 17.
UPS also expects to surpass its 2012 peak day on five different delivery days during the 2013 holiday season.
“To handle the increase in volume, UPS will hire 55,000 seasonal employees across the U.S. to work as drivers, helpers, package sorters, loaders or unloaders,” the UPS website said.