UPS will hire 95,000 workers for the holidays

Christmas is hardly around the corner, but holiday hiring is already kicking into high gear.

United Parcel Service said Wednesday that it plans to bring roughly 95,000 workers on board to handle and help deliver all the toys, trinkets, and other packages that will start shipping in November and on into the new year.

“We’re ready to kick off our annual holiday hiring process, and need lots of great people for various positions on all shifts across the country,” Myron Gray, president of UPS’s U.S. Operations said in a statement.

Many of the jobs will entail driving or handling packages, and will be both part-time and full-time. While the positions are for the season, UPS officials noted that they could lead to permanent opportunities.

“For many it’s an opportunity to earn some extra cash for the holidays,’’ UPS CEO David Abney said in the statement. “But with many of our holiday hires getting permanent jobs with us, it can also be a gateway to a career." Abney started at the package delivery company, loading trucks part time, when he was a college student.

Some retailers have also announced their plans to bring on extra employees for the holiday rush.

Toys R Us said Wednesday that it is now accepting applications to fill thousands of part-time positions at its stores and distribution facilities. Additionally It will hold two national hiring days at those locations on October 10 and November 11.

And Target said Monday that it plans to hire 70,000 holiday workers for its stores, and 7,500 seasonal workers to help out in its distribution and fulfillment centers. For the first time, Target will also have hiring events at all its stores on Oct. 14 and 15th.


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