(NEWS 8/AP) - United Parcel Service Inc. said it plans to hire 100,000 people for the holidays, when the rising volume of online shopping hits its peak.

That's up about 5,000 from last year, when the Atlanta company scrambled after underestimating holiday shipments and wound up spending an extra $125 million to fix delays.

The jobs are designed to help with the holiday shipping season that starts in November and runs until January.

The job listings primarily ask for package handlers, drivers and driver helpers.

Some seasonal workers could get a permanent position.

Rival FedEx Corp. plans to hire 55,000 temporary workers, a slight increase over last year, for what it expects to be a record-breaking Christmas season. The Memphis, Tennessee-based company is expanding U.S. ground-delivery operations to six days a week year-round because of the boom in online shopping. FedEx already runs six or seven days a week during the holiday season.

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