MAUMEE, Ohio (13abc Action News) - We are less than two weeks away from Thanksgiving and a lot of you are already in the holiday spirit. For many of you that means buying presents online and in catalogues. Getting all those gifts delivered adds up to more jobs at the local UPS hub.
The Toledo UPS hub is one of the busiest in this part of the country, and the holidays are the busiest time of the year. Sherrie Chaney is a Health and Safety Supervisor in the Human Resources Department at the Toledo hub,"It starts earlier each year. I feel like people are shopping already for the Christmas season. We're seeing an increase in volume which means an increase in hiring."
When it comes to volume, millions of packages come through the local hub during a regular week. About half a million packages move through the UPS Toledo hub on a regular day, but during the busy season that number ramps up considerably. During the holidays more than one million packages move through here every single day
Chaney says it takes hundreds of extra people to help get all those holiday packages sorted and delivered, "We hire about 800 seasonal employees. We've already hired about 450 holiday workers, so we still need about 350 more to get through the season."
The number of trucks making deliveries goes up for the holidays too, "On any given day we have about 95 trucks on the road and we increase to about 115-120 during our peak season in the next few weeks."
There have been a lot of changes in the company's more than 100 year history. One of the biggest shifts is technology that allows you to track your packages from start to finish. Chaney says there's new technology for drivers too, "This year you will see some drivers and driver's helpers scanning packages off their smart phones as part of the delivery system."
While most of us are familiar with the company's brown trucks, it all started with bicycles. UPS is going back to its roots, "In 1907 Jim Casey had $100 in his pocket, and started his business from the back of a bike in Seattle, Washington and we've grown ever since.But we are taking a page from our early history and bringing bikes back in some places. We find that in the downtown area of bigger cities the bikes are what works best." No bikes here yet.
While it's round-the-clock work at the Toledo hub during the holidays, workers like to have a little fun, "You see people dressed up as elves or wearing a Santa hat while they are working anything to make it a fun and enjoyable season. And to a lot of people, our workers are Santa Claus when they get their packages."
UPS is hiring drivers, driver's helpers and package sorters. If you're interested in applying for a job, log on to UPSjobs.com.