ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- The United Parcel Service is bracing for another hectic holiday. The company expects to deliver 29 million packages before Christmas Day.
That is a 5% increase from 2012. To help sort the parcels that come through Rockford, UPS is currently hiring at a pace of 90 people a week. Those are seasonal temporary workers and UPS will hire 600 in all to help with the extra holiday volume. The peak delivery day for UPS is December 17. The company expects a 10% increase in packages because of more people taking advantage of Cyber Monday deals. Bad news for procrastinators, there's 6 fewer shopping days between Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day in 2013.
“Holiday peak is part of the UPS culture, part of the business, something everyone is trained for,” says Christine Hand, communications supervisor of the central region at UPS. “We are prepared to deal with it and we have planners working on it. It’s part of the routine and in some ways people actually look forward to it because we feel like we're bringing the holidays to folks."
The busiest day this season at the Rockford hub will be December 23. Workers will handle 200,000 parcels that day.
To apply for a seasonal position: upsjobs.com