LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- United Parcel Service doesn't plan to boost the work force at its main air hub to handle the holiday shipping season because of its new $1.1 billion automated sorting operation.
In past years, UPS has hired up to 1,700 temporary workers to handle the holiday work load. The new sorting operation, named WorldPort, allows the company to sort more packages with no additional employees.
"The technology behind WorldPort helps a lot," UPS spokesman Travis Spalding said. "You are able to reassign people to new positions in the new hub ... so we're able to remain flexible and adapt to the volume changes" of the company's peak shipping season.
For UPS, the Christmas shipping season usually brings the year's heaviest volume. The company averages 13.6 million deliveries a day, air and ground. On the peak day -- usually about a week before Christmas -- UPS will make an additional 4 million to 5 million deliveries, Spalding said.
Like other cities, UPS ground operations in Louisville will hire temporary workers to assist delivery drivers.
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