FedEx to hire 3,800 sea­sonal jobs in Mem­phis

The Commercial Appeal - - Business - De­siree Sten­nett Mem­phis Com­mer­cial Ap­peal USA TO­DAY NET­WORK - TEN­NESSEE

For Cheryl Ford, work­ing at FedEx is a fam­ily af­fair. Both her par­ents worked there un­til they re­tired. Her brother, her daugh­ter and daugh­ter-in-law and her niece and nephew are all cur­rent em­ploy­ees.

Af­ter four years as a pack­age han­dler, Ford was pro­moted to ramp agent in Septem­ber. Now she helps to load and un­load planes, she moves freight cars full of pack­ages, and she makes sure the planes and trucks mov­ing the 4 mil­lion pack­ages a day run on time.

And she’s on a tight sched­ule. The smaller planes take 38 min­utes to un­load, and the largest ones take 1 hour and 7 min­utes, she said.

Soon thou­sands more peo­ple will join her at the FedEx Ex­press World Hub in Mem­phis. FedEx is hir­ing 3,800 sea­sonal em­ploy­ees in Mem­phis to help get hol­i­day pack­ages shipped this hol­i­day sea­son. An­other 4,300 em­ploy­ees will be hired in Nashville. Na­tion­wide, FedEx is cre­at­ing about 55,000 hol­i­day jobs.

Ford has some ad­vice for any­one con­sid­er­ing putting in an ap­pli­ca­tion: “Do it.”

“You think you will come for the hol­i­days but nine times out of 10, you’re go­ing to stay,” she said. “You have good ben­e­fits. You have good peo­ple to work for. You’re go­ing to want to stay.”

And ac­cord­ing to Shan­non Brown, se­nior vice presi-

dent and chief di­ver­sity of­fi­cer at FedEx Ex­press, there is op­por­tu­nity for the sea­sonal work­ers who do well to gain per­ma­nent po­si­tions.

“With the growth of e-com­merce in the mar­ket­place and on­line de­liv­er­ies, more of those em­ploy­ees could stay if they’d like to,” he said. “It’s a sig­nif­i­cant op­por­tu­nity for them to con­tinue to work in this or­ga­ni­za­tion ... We just need you to have some en­ergy, be en­thu­si­as­tic and come out here ready to work for a great com­pany and help de­liver joy for the hol­i­day sea­son.”

Brown said the open po­si­tions are mostly en­try level pack­age han­dling jobs that pay $13 per hour.

No­tably, Ama­zon re­cently an­nounced it was rais­ing its min­i­mum wage to $15 per hour, but Brown said the rest of the ben­e­fits pack­age at FedEx out­weighs the dif­fer­ence in pay.

FedEx em­ploy­ees get ac­cess to health­care ben­e­fits that in­clude med­i­cal, vi­sion and den­tal cov­er­age as well as a 401(k) match and tu­ition re­im­burse­ment for those seek­ing a bach­e­lor’s de­gree.

Brown, who started out as a pack­age han­dler 40 years ago and worked his way up to his se­nior po­si­tion, also said FedEx be­lieves in pro­mot­ing from within, so these en­try-level po­si­tions are just start­ing points for peo­ple who plan to build a ca­reer at FedEx.

Mike Grant, who works on the qual­ity load team and helps to train new hires, said the peo­ple who do the best in the pack­age han­dling po­si­tion are phys­i­cally fit and able to lift pack­ages that weigh up to 75 pounds, day in and day out.

“There is a lot of hard work,” said Ford. He said he is glad to see the in­flux of peo­ple each hol­i­day sea­son. “There’s al­ways more pack­ages than there are peo­ple.”

Brown said the hir­ing wave is a sign of a good econ­omy and grow­ing on­line shop­ping habits.

“You all are go­ing out and shop­ping on­line,” he said.

“Some­body has to de­liver those pack­ages. E-com­merce is grow­ing ev­ery year. You need more pack­ages, I need more peo­ple.”

OFedEx Se­nior V.P. and Chief Di­ver­sity Of­fi­cer Shan­non Brown ad­dresses the me­dia dur­ing a news con­fer­ence Fri­day, Oct. 12, at the Mem­phis hub. FedEx ex­pects to add more than 55,000 po­si­tions through­out its net­work to help the hol­i­days ar­rive this year, with 3,800 po­si­tions in Mem­phis. FedEx Ex­press is hir­ing for 1,000 po­si­tions, and FedEx Ground is hir­ing for 2,800 po­si­tions. These lo­cal open­ings in­clude per­ma­nent, part-time, sea­sonal pack­age han­dlers and other sup­port po­si­tions. STAN CAR­ROLL / THE COM­MER­CIAL AP­PEAL

FedEx ma­te­rial han­dlers off­load con­tain­ers at the Mem­phis hub on Fri­day, Oct. 12. FedEx ex­pects to add more than 55,000 po­si­tions through­out its net­work to help the hol­i­days ar­rive this year, with 3,800 po­si­tions in Mem­phis. FedEx Ex­press is hir­ing for 1,000 po­si­tions, and FedEx Ground is hir­ing for 2,800 po­si­tions. These in­clude per­ma­nent, part-time, sea­sonal pack­age han­dlers and other sup­port po­si­tions. STAN CAR­ROLL / THE COM­MER­CIAL AP­PEAL

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