Companies are once again seeking help for their warehouse and transportation operations during the peak holiday shipping season, although some have less ambitious hiring goals in 2023 than last year.
Amazon and DHL eCommerce are ramping up hiring this year. Meanwhile, other warehouse employers like the U.S. Postal Service and fulfillment provider Radial are hiring fewer temporary workers than 2022 with shipping demand cooling off from its pandemic-fueled heights.
Despite some companies pulling back, competition for labor could still be fierce this peak season as firms attempt to keep up with wage increases at UPS and FedEx.
Here's a roundup of peak season hiring plans as companies look to support shippers' anticipated holiday volume increases.
Amazon is looking to hire 250,000 people for the holidays, with full-time, part-time, and seasonal fulfillment center and transportation jobs available throughout the U.S. That marks an increase from 2022's goal of 150,000 peak season hires.
The e-commerce giant said it is investing $1.3 billion in pay increases for fulfillment and transportation employees, bumping the average hourly pay for those roles to around $20.50.
The full-time and part-time positions UPS has available for peak are primarily seasonal delivery drivers, CDL drivers and package handlers. Permanent positions are available in some locations for people who apply early, according to UPS.
UPS noted that over the past two years, nearly 50,000 seasonal employees have received permanent positions with the company.
FedEx didn't disclose its holiday hiring goals in an emailed statement to Supply Chain Dive, the same approach it took last year. The company said its existing employees "are ready to deliver for this year's peak season."
FedEx still has job openings available in various locations, including for delivery drivers and package handlers.
U.S. Postal Service
The agency said this drop is due to it retaining workers for the long term, with more than 150,000 hires moving into "career positions" since October 2020.
Target plans to add nearly 100,000 seasonal employees, which includes warehouse operations roles within its more than 50 supply chain facilities.
"A role in supply chain means being on the frontlines of getting products to our guests and stores as quickly as possible, creating greater ease for guests and fellow team members," the retailer said.
DHL eCommerce aims to hire around 2,600 workers for the peak season throughout the U.S., spokesperson Andrea Scarpulla said in an email. Last year, the DHL division looked to hire more than 2,000 seasonal workers.
Radial plans to hire more than 9,500 seasonal employees for its U.S. and Canada fulfillment centers, the e-commerce fulfillment provider said in a news release. Last year, it aimed to bring on more than 15,000 seasonal workers at these facilities.
Seasonal employees at Radial's 25-plus fulfillment centers focus on picking, packing and shipping customer orders.
Logistics provider Geodis is looking to hire nearly 3,000 seasonal workers for its U.S. and Canada operations. Last year, the logistics provider planned to recruit about 5,000 workers for the peak season.
Open positions include material handlers and equipment operators.
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