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UPS to Deliver Record Holiday Shipments

ATLANTA, Oct. 27, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

  • UPS forecasts holiday delivery of more than 630 million packages
  • Black Friday-to-New Year’s Eve deliveries up more than 10 percent from 2014
  • Scheduled peak delivery day of about 36 million on Tuesday, Dec. 22, doubling typical daily delivery volume

UPS (NYSE:UPS) expects to deliver more than 630 million packages between Black Friday and New Year’s Eve, an increase of more than 10 percent over holiday deliveries last year. This UPS peak holiday shipping period includes an additional shipping day before Christmas versus 2014.

The company plans to deliver about 36 million packages on Tuesday, Dec. 22, up from 35 million last year, and double the normal daily average of 18 million deliveries. Consumers’ preference for ecommerce, coupled with the industry’s most often selected delivery solutions have driven UPS’s peak volume to all-time highs. The company tallied about 17 million deliveries on its peak delivery day just 10 years ago.

Since Christmas falls on Friday this year UPS plans for high daily residential delivery volume throughout the week. The company expects to make a record number of deliveries to residential addresses during the holiday period, up to 60 percent of all package deliveries, versus an average of 45 percent on a full-year basis.

“Consumer preference for online commerce is driving tremendous growth opportunities for UPS,” said Alan Gershenhorn, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. “Our integrated air and ground delivery network, extensive status and visibility systems and a broad portfolio of shipping solutions position UPS to best manage increasing demand driven by online commerce.

“Beyond new processing facilities, automation and routing technology to increase capacity, we’ve implemented easy-to-use mobile and web-based technology that helps consumers to track progress and customize their delivery so they can plan when and where they receive packages,” he continued.

When the peak shipping season is in full swing, the company expects 20 million consumers to have registered for the UPS My Choice® service. UPS My Choice allows members to receive text or email alerts about their deliveries. The service can reduce not-at-home delivery attempts since preferences can be set to re-direct the package to a nearby UPS Access Point® location.

Consumers are rapidly adopting the UPS Access Point service. UPS My Choice households have redirected hundreds of thousands of deliveries to these alternate locations. About 90 percent of existing UPS Access Point locations have processed a UPS My Choice package redirected from the consumer’s original delivery address. The UPS Access Point network is expanding to more than 100 cities throughout the United States. By December, UPS expects to have 8,000 U.S. locations at The UPS Store or other neighborhood businesses, including local dry cleaners, drug stores and coffee shops.

UPS Access Point locations have desirable evening and weekend hours to accommodate package pickup according to a consumer’s busy schedule. They provide a secure location for consumers to retrieve their delivery if they are unable to receive their package at home, or if they live in a multi-tenant building that does not provide package collection as part of concierge services. Consumers can also drop off their returns at UPS Access Point locations.

“We are providing consumers with industry leading choice, control and convenience by expanding the UPS My Choice and UPS Access Point networks – and UPS will have 22,000 locations Access Point locations worldwide by year-end,” said Gershenhorn.

Updated technology continues to drive efficiency and automated sorting capacity to handle the holiday increase. UPS will have deployed ORION, the company’s sophisticated route optimization system to more than 70 percent of U.S. routes for peak 2015, up from 45 percent a year ago.

UPS, in August 2015, acquired Coyote Logistics to establish a leading position in the truckload transportation market. Coyote enables UPS to further leverage industry-leading technology to arrange contract transportation and increase back haul utilization during the busy peak season.

“UPS has dedicated people around the world that are ready to ensure ecommerce, multichannel and traditional shoppers are served on time during the holidays,” Gershenhorn added. “We are ready to help our customers take full advantage of the holiday season.”

UPS will add up to 95,000 temporary workers during the holiday season. Candidates can apply on UPSjobs.com to sort, load or be a delivery helper on route. This seasonal work is often an entry point for future permanent jobs and career advancement.

UPS 2015 Holiday Facts

Peak delivery dayTuesday, Dec. 22, 2015
Peak day delivery volume36+ million packages
Thanksgiving-December forecast630+ million packages
Forecast percentage increaseMore than 10%
Busiest tracking day Dec. 15, more than 128 million tracking requests
Hiring90,000-95,000 drivers, handlers and helpers
UPS My Choice members20 million by year-end
Access Point locations8,000 U.S. / 22,000 Globally
The UPS Store® locations4,880

About UPS

UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. The company can be found on the Web at ups.com® and its corporate blog can be found at Longitudes.ups.com. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS.

Susan Rosenberg srosenberg@ups.com 404-828-6130

Source: UPS