The package-delivery giant is heading into the key holiday season, when it plans to add about 95,000 seasonal workers to handle the crush of orders filled by online shoppers.
Chief financial officer Richard Peretz said the company was "performing according to our expectations" and has taken steps to benefit from record amounts of delivery work during the peak holiday season.
Operating profit was smaller but grew 14 percent in the company's international business, as an increase in packages offset lower revenue per piece.
After four long years, Apple is expected to roll out a new MacBook Pro on Thursday. Following the launch of the iPhone 7 and new Apple Watch models last month, Apple is holding an event at its Cupertino, California headquarters to debut new laptop and desktop computers.
Orders for big-ticket manufactured goods dipped slightly in September as a key category that tracks business investment fell by the largest amount in seven months.
Orders for durable goods edged down 0.1 percent in September after gains of 0.3 percent in August and 3.6 percent in July, the Commerce Department said Thursday.