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FedEx plans boost in holiday hiring


FedEx Corp. plans to hire 20,000 seasonal workers, 18 percent more than last year, to handle a surge in holiday deliveries, Bloomberg reported.

Shipments in the United States from Thanksgiving through Christmas may increase 12 percent to more than 260 million, led by gains in FedEx’s SmartPost, Ground and Home Delivery businesses, the company said today in a statement.

“Retail inventory such as apparel, personal consumer electronics and luxury goods as well as books and other items from large Internet retailers will account for a large portion of FedEx holiday volumes,” the company said.

FedEx said it expects to move more than 17 million shipments on Dec. 12, which would make the day its busiest ever. That would be a 10 percent gain from FedEx’s busiest day in 2010.

United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS), the world’s largest delivery company, has said it plans to announce peak season hiring early next month.

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