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UPS Plans Less Peak Hiring to Avoid Mistakes of Christmases Past

United Parcel Service Inc. is applying a twist on the Goldilocks principle as it tries to find a balance in hiring this holiday season and avoid the mistakes of the past two years: Not too much, not too little.

UPS will scale back hiring of temporary drivers and sorters at the mobile villages it built in 2014 as the world’s largest package-delivery company tries to squeeze more efficiency out of existing assets, executives said Tuesday.