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Holiday season brings flurry of package delivery

September 9, 2018

Holiday package delivery is reaching record-breaking numbers, with online shopping forcing companies to meet the demand by hiring more and more drivers to get packages delivered on time.

According to a SupplyChainDive.com article from November 2017, many warehouse, logistics, and delivery sources begin securing holiday hiring in August. In 2017, XPO hired 6,000-plus new workers, and UPS hired 95,000.

The demand for staff is real as the quantity of packages continues to grow. The article also stated that in 2017, FedEx expected that December’s three Mondays would drive total delivery numbers up to 380-400 million packages. UPS also estimated it would deliver 750 million packages between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. With such demand comes flexible hours, pay and possible future job opportunities.

Dan McMackin, United Parcel Service’s spokesperson, said with the peak holiday season coming soon, drivers will be needed to deliver massive quantities of packages a day.

The starting process for peak season hiring is from mid to late September.

McMackin said as far as the holiday season goes, seasonal hires at UPS include part-time package handlers, full-time driver helpers, and full-time delivery and tractor trailer drivers.

Seasonal workers can find wages ranging from about $10.10 an hour to about $30 according to McMackin. Hours for part-timers are about five hours per shift. Full timers get at least eight hours. Both groups are paid overtime (time and a half) and do receive some overtime throughout the season.

“About 35 percent of seasonal hires come back and are hired on permanently in January. The skills needed are punctuality, a strong work ethic and a desire to serve our customers,” he said.

FedEx Delivery Driver Salary for local routes typically earn approximately $17 per hour, according to www.truckdriverssalary.com/fedex-driver-salary.

It also reported that local drivers earn an average pay of about $36,000 per year with cash bonuses, as well as stock bonuses when working as a delivery driver.

The driver’s salary depends on the specific position of the driver such as a local route or traditional OTR long-haul driver.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics stated the median annual wage for light truck or delivery service drivers to be $31,450 in May 2017. Projected growth is 4 percent from 2016 to 2026 for delivery truck drivers and driver/sales workers. Job applicants with experience and a clean driving record, or who work for a company in another occupation, should have the best job prospects.

To locate possible driving opportunities with Amazon, go to https://flex.amazon.com. Amazon Flex offers the chance to set your own schedule for delivering packages.

For positions at FedEx Careers, go to https://careers.fedex.com/ground.

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