When it comes to the holidays, an online shopper has just purchased a prime gift for their recipient and expectations are high regarding on-time delivery, especially when it’s Christmas. Yet, it can all go wrong if the carrier that is supposed to deliver the online item prior to the holiday, actually delivers it two days after it’s gone. Better yet, if it even arrives are the correct address at all.
These are the types of errors and more that leading carrier UPS is pursuing to correct for recent years. USA Today has reported that UPS is set to hire 95,000 temporary employees to position itself for a higher rate of on-time deliveries. The impact of staffing will make a difference in how packages are prepared, sorted and shipped. One of UPS’s objective is to not only hire more staff, but also to assure that the seasonal help is the highest possible quality. It’s no benefit to have thousands of workers without the effectiveness to match for the optimal goal of speed, yet coupled with accuracy.
“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,” stated Myron Gray, president of UPS’s U.S. Operations in a statement. UPS has its’ sights on ramping up the initiative and beginning holiday season delivers in November, all the way into the new year. Seasonal employees will help delivery all types of toys, electronics and more to thousands of locations nationwide. These jobs will consist of full-time and part-time positions, will the possibly of them leading to permanent opportunities.
UPS CEO David Abney also commented in the article relative to the new employment opportunities available. They will offer people an avenue to make additional income for their holiday shopping. He stated, “For many it’s an opportunity to earn some extra cash for the holidays, but with many of our holiday hires getting permanent jobs with us, it can also be a gateway to a career.”
Online retail has steadily increased in recent years and is forecasted to reach $500 billion by 2018. This means that there will be an increase in shipping packages that will come along with that growth as well. Big carriers like UPS and FedEx have to manage being able to meet the demand of retailers, especially when that retailer is just as big as they are. Amazon shows no signs of slowing down, as its’ Prime membership increases and it continues to offer two-day delivery free. The e-retail giant has also implemented free Same-Day Delivery to Prime members as well, solidifying the trendy service within 27 major city markets nationwide.
Only time will tell whether UPS will have better on-time delivery during the holidays this year. However, this will more than likely effect companies development quicker ways to ship. A Same-Day Courier likeAQuickDelivery has a vast network and can not only deliver in Georgia, but also throughout the US. The Atlanta Courier has the courier expertise and technology to spearhead efficient same-day solutions to fulfill online orders with short radius, or long distances also.
Reference: 9.15.16, USA today, Charisse Jones, Need some holiday cash? Here’s where to look