"We expect another record peak season this year, with daily package deliveries nearly doubling compared to our average of 20 million per day," UPS Chief Operating Officer Jim Barber said in a statement.
The Atlanta company said the positions will include mostly package handlers, drivers and driver-helpers, while promoting the posts as entry points for people seeking permanent employment with the company.
"Many senior UPS executives, including Chairman and CEO David Abney and other members of the company's senior leadership team, started their UPS careers as part-time employees," the company stated.
The announcement comes as Amazon.com (AMZN) - Get Report is set to host its Career Day on Sept. 17. The Seattle e-commerce giant said it's looking to hire at least 30,000 people at what it's calling the country's largest job fair in six cities: Arlington, Virginia; Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Nashville and Seattle.
Amazon.com also said that in the coming weeks it's hiring for "tens of thousands of seasonal roles" for its operations network to meet increased demand for the holiday season.
UPS shares were up 1.3% to $121.66 on Monday, while Amazon.com shares eased 2.2% to $1,831.35.