UPS Plans To Hire 95,000 Workers To Help Keep Holiday Deliveries On Time This Year

It’s hard to believe that the 2014 holiday season is less than 100 days away. That might seem like plenty of time before you need to start purchasing gifts and sending them to your loved ones, but for the United Parcel Service, nothing seems too early when you’re trying to save face after a disastrous 2013 shipping season.

According to Fortune, UPS, looking to avoid being overwhelmed by package deliveries, plans to nearly double the number of holiday workers it hires this year.

For the upcoming holiday season UPS estimates it will hire between 90,000 and 95,000 additional workers; that’s about 40,000 more than it hired last year. The part-time seasonal employees will work between October and January.

In addition to a bulked up workforce, UPS recently implemented the use of industry-wide delivery volume forecasts and will increase its processing capacity by opening new buildings and expanding others, along with installation of temporary mobile storing and delivery centers.

Joining the new workers is a slew of new or leased delivery vehicles, trailers, aircraft and portable loading aids, Fortune reports.

Consumers can also expect to receive more up-to-date tracking information this season. UPS says they plan to deploy additional web and movie upgrades to make it simpler for people to keep track of where their packages are in the delivery process.

With eye on its Christmas 2013 debacle, UPS is nearly doubling holiday hiring [Fortune]