'Brown Friday' underway as UPS and Retailers expect to hire thousands of seasonal employees

Published on: 19 Oct, 2018

Ever heard of “Brown Friday”? Yeah me neither, Brown Friday is a term used by the world’s largest package-delivery company, UPS. The company is looking to employ as many as 40,000 seasonal employees during a hiring blitz for the holidays.

On Friday, UPS is hosting job fairs at 170 cities across the country and said they will give candidates jobs on the spot.

“Many of those who come to one of our job fairs this Friday could be signed up for a seasonal role by Monday,” Stefond Harris, UPS’ vice president of human resources, said in a statement.

The available jobs will be full and part time positions for package handlers, drivers and driver assistants.
The Brown Friday events will be open for interested individuals in person but those who are unable to attend, UPS has also allowed online applicants.

The seasonal positions can lead to full time jobs after the holidays are over especially since 1/3 of its employees were once seasonal employees but were promoted due to great work and open positions.

Brown Friday’s goal is to hire 100,000 seasonal employees before of the holiday shopping season, a 5% increase from last year.
According to National Retail Federation, the holiday season could reach a record $1.1 trillion in retail sales this year! Other retail companies such as Target (NYSE:TGT) expects to hire about 120,000 seasonal employees, while FedEx (NYSE:FDX) expects to hire about 55,000 as well to prep for the holiday season.
In total, retailers are expected to hire over 704,000 seasonal workers, the highest number ever recorded.

For most retailers and delivery companies, the holiday season doesn’t end after Christmas… UPS and FedEx will remain busy well into the New Year when customers return and exchange gifts.

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Perry Boon

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