Logistics giant XPO Logistics reported it would hire more than 6,000 seasonal workers for its U.S. contract operations during the holiday season.
That’s a 20% jump from the number XPO hired last year for the period that traditionally runs from the last week in November to early January.
XPO will be competing with FedEx Corp. and UPS Inc. to hire the employees to sort and move packages. Combined, FedEx and UPS have said they are looking to hire nearly 150,000 workers for the season.
But XPO has an added burden of finding workers with the muscle to lift durable goods such as refrigerators, ovens and wide screen TVs — goods that other package firms don’t always handle.
Greenwich, Conn.-based XPO Logistics ranks No. 1 on the Transport Topics list of the Top 50 logistics companies in North America. It reported net revenues of $4.7 billion last year as it managed contract logistics for more than $85 billion in goods shipped worldwide.
The challenge is there, but the payoff looks big, too. Deloitte Consulting projects sales of more than $1.04 trillion during the 2017 holidays and estimates a 20% rise in e-commerce sales. Last year, e-commerce holiday sales totaled about $94 billion.