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UPS looking to hire 49 people for seasonal bike delivery

Posted by on November 1st, 2011 at 3:25 pm

An ad from UPS for bike delivery personnel.

Shipping giant United Parcel Service is once again looking to save money on fleet vehicle costs by hiring bicycle delivery staffers during the busy holiday season.

Tomorrow in North Portland, Worksource Portland Central will host a hiring event for as many as 49 “Bicycle Delivery Helper” positions.

This isn’t the first time UPS has supplemented their holiday delivery staff with bike-mounted employees. When we first reported on this in 2008, UPS spokesman Jeff Grant told us it’s a matter of dollars and cents. “For every three bikes we use for deliveries, we save an average of 17 gallons of fuel per day (compared to one truck),” said Grant, “That’s about $50 in savings.”

Across the entire Oregon and Washington region, Grant said for every three bikes used during the holiday season, UPS will save $38,000 in vehicle operation and upkeep costs.

If you’re looking for a way to make a few extra bucks while pedaling packages around town, show up to WorkSource’s office tomorrow. More details below…

    Hiring Event #829135, Bicycle Delivery Helper
    Wednesday November 2nd, 1:00 to 5:00 pm
    Orientations at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00
    WorkSource Portland Central (30 N. Webster St)
    To Qualify: Register in iMatchSkills

And if you’re curious what the job entails, check out this great little video by Paul Lopez

UPS Delivery By Bike! Salem, Oregon from nwduffer on Vimeo.

— Thanks to the Community Cycling Center for the heads up!

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dwainedibbly
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dwainedibbly

I like what UPS is doing, but they really ought to re-think their choice of bicycle type when it comes time to expand the program.

beck
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beck

I’m totally fascinated by this. Thats AWESOME!

Chris
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I think the US Postal Service could learn something from this. I sometime wonder if their vehicles could not be replaced by a cargo bike.

Greg
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Greg

What a great solution by UPS. Well done.

Mike
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Mike

Very well done UPS. That’s a very unique solution for a busy time of year. I wonder why, if it works so well during the holidays, that UPS doesn’t expand the program and make it full time especially in urban areas? I think that other delivery companies (Fed-Ex and USPS come to mind) should take a look at doing the same.

Bill
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Bill

I like what UPS is doing, but they are only paying $8.50 an hour for this position! lame…..
they save money, get free press and offer a lousy paying job with no benefits.

amckimmey
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The hiring event is probably only for Portland. Does anyone know if UPS is going to be hiring people in Eugene. or if there is a number to offer my services. I would do this.

Spiffy
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Spiffy

now I’m leery of shipping something to the PNW because it might be soaked with rain during bicycle delivery…

peoples republic
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peoples republic

Cool! Go brown santa.

Bill
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Bill

Regular UPS drivers do quite well hourly.
I guess since I have people left and right that want to work for me, I should offer $8.50 an hour. because I can… I care about people and I feel that what you put in to someone, you quite often get out