UPS expects to deliver 5% more packages during the holidays than last year’s holiday shopping season, and it issued an announcement to say it’s well prepared for the surge.
“During the 2019 peak holiday season, running November 29 through December 30, UPS expects to deliver an average of 32 million packages and documents per day,” it wrote. “That’s a 60% increase over the amount of packages it usually delivers on an average, non-peak day.”
UPS said it serves over 90% of major retailers, and it noted that in addition to meeting their consumer holiday shipping requirements, it also serves B2B customers who account for about 50% of UPS’s annual package delivery volume.
Some other key takeaways from its announcement include the following:
- UPS is well on its way to hiring 100,000 seasonal employees to help meet customer commitments during the holiday season. Earlier this month, the company held a one-day seasonal hiring blitz called UPS Brown Friday, with a goal of bringing 50,000 candidates through the company’s doors in one day. In fact, turnout was more than double that target.
- In 2019, UPS added about five million square feet of highly automated facilities, including nearly 400,000 pieces per hour of sortation capacity. The company has opened six new automated super-hubs around the U.S. in the last two years.
- Many businesses also can take advantage of the UPS EASY holiday promotion, which provides 20% off domestic U.S. ground shipping and a 40% discount on Domestic and International Air, plus UPS Standard to Mexico and Canada
You can find the full announcement on the UPS website.