UPS pivots on approach to holidays

US-based United Parcel Service (UPS) is expected to hire more than 10,000 essential seasonal employees to meet demand from now through to January 2022.

“We’re preparing for another safe, record peak holiday season,” said UPS President US Operations, Nando Cesarone.

“With Covid-19 continuing to impact Americans, our services are more important than ever.

“We plan to hire more than 100,000 people for seasonal jobs, many of whom will have an offer in hand within 30 minutes of applying.

“Our seasonal hires will help us provide the most reliable service in the industry, just like we did last year.”

The company is filling full- and part-time seasonal positions – primarily package handlers, drivers, driver helpers and personal vehicle drivers across multiple shifts in hundreds of locations across the country.

UPS claims it has a track record of turning seasonal jobs into careers. Over the last three years, about one-third of people hired by UPS for seasonal package handler jobs were later hired in a permanent position when the holidays were over, and about 138,000 current UPS employees – nearly a third of the company’s US workforce – started in seasonal positions.

UPS President Asia Pacific, Michelle Ho.

In August, UPS appointed Michelle Ho as its first female President to take the lead in the Asia-Pacific region.

Based in Singapore, Ho will drive UPS’ business and operations in the company’s fastest-growing region that employs more than 130,000 employees in more than 40 countries and territories.

Ho is maintaining UPS’ focus to drive company growth and supporting cross-border connectivity for all businesses.

She brings nearly 30 years of experience having served in multiple leadership roles in Asia. In her previous appointment as President of UPS China, she led the implementation of strategic service and network enhancements across cities large and small. Ho also drove digital transformation efforts that enabled Chinese businesses to adjust to new demands, help optimise their supply chains and accelerate global growth amid pandemic.

“Asia Pacific is on an upward growth trajectory and the pandemic has driven increased demands and opportunities for e-commerce, healthcare and international trade,” said Ho. “As an enabler of global trade, UPS has the capacity to support this demand and allow businesses to plug into one of the world’s largest air networks to get their packages to the right place, at the right time. I’m excited to work with the capabilities and talent of a cross-functional team of logistics experts to deliver faster speed to market and stronger intra-Asia and intercontinental connections.”

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