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FedEx to hire 70,000 workers for 'holiday shipping season'

US EXPRESS delivery giant FedEx expects to hire 70,000 seasonal workers, up 27 per cent year on year, to cope with an anticipated Christmas shipping demand, reports Fox News

09 September 2020 - 19:00

US EXPRESS delivery giant FedEx expects to hire 70,000 seasonal workers, up 27 per cent year on year, to cope with an anticipated Christmas shipping demand, reports Fox News.

FedEx Ground would provide seven-day week delivery to households, according to chief operating officer Raj Subramaniam.



Consumers cooped up at home due to the coronavirus pandemic have stepped up online shopping, which was already on the upswing. Retailers including Walmart said online sales rose 97 per cent in the second quarter, while Target and Dick's Sporting Goods both reported jumps of 195 per cent and 194 per cent respectively.



The announcement comes just after the number of laid-off Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell again last week. The drop in claims indicated that the job market may be improving after six months of an onslaught of coronavirus-fueled layoffs plagued droves of industries.



As of the week ending on August 29, 881,000 workers sought aid last week, pushing the total number since the shutdown began to more than 59 million.


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