Online shopping surge drives holiday hiring for shippers, could lead to delivery delays

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A FedEx worker stacks packages on a cart on December 02, 2019 in San Francisco, California. Cyber Monday shoppers are on track to spend a record $9.4 billion on online purchases, a nearly 19 percent jump from one year ago, following strong Black Friday sales purchases of $7.2 billion. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) — Retailers and carriers are preparing for an online holiday shopping surge that could tax shipping networks and lead to delivery delays.

FedEx and UPS are ramping up their holiday hiring, while expanding their weekend operations and asking retailers to use their shipping network  when there is more slack.  

Stores are pushing their customers to buy early to smooth out the shipping peaks in the weeks leading up to Christmas. And they’re further expanding services like curbside pickup to minimize online shipping.

Retailers, many of which were already using their physical stores as shipping hubs, are now designating some of their locations to handle even higher volumes.

In Memphis, FedEx Express is having a drive-through job fair for positions starting at $18 an hour. The event is set for Nov. 17 from 1-3 p.m. at 4240 Hickory Hill Road.

You must provide a 10-year residential and work history and be able to pass a drug test and criminal background check. Apply online at fedexishiring.com.

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