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Prepping for ‘the Shipathon:’ With online holiday shopping amid the pandemic, how busy will shipping get?

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Since the coronavirus pandemic began in March, Americans have largely been staying home — and ordering goods online. The U.S. Post Office and shipping companies like FedEx and UPS have been running at full-tilt ever since.

Now with holiday season approaching, delivery services are preparing for perhaps their busiest seasons ever by expanding services and hiring seasonal employees.

FedEx spokeswoman Jennifer Caccavo Cordeau says the company is preparing for a “The Shipathon,” heading into this unprecedented peak season.

“With the onset of COVID-19, we have been operating at peak levels since March, and there is no sign of slowing down,” Cordeau said.

FedEx has opened over 70,000 positions in key markets. It accelerated its seven-day residential delivery and made more investments in automated facilities.

UPS will hire more than 100,000 seasonal employees. Already, UPS spokesman Matthew O’Connor said, the company has been working at a holiday-peak level.

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