UPS Expecting Holiday Rush
After several months of record breaking delivery numbers due to the Coronavirus crisis, the world's largest package delivery company, UPS has started preparing itself for the annual end of year holiday season that is expected to be more busier than usual, as people avoid shopping in stores and instead shop from home.
UPS plans have begun with the courier giant announcing it will hire thousands of drivers that it hopes will help it cover demand.
Massive UPS Investments
This rounds off previous improvements announced by UPS which have included:
- $1.4 billion dollars spent into enhancing sorting centers (Harrisburg, Carlisle, Lehigh Valley, Philadelphia - all in PA.)
- Ordering 10,000 electric delivery vehicles.
- An upgrade to it's On-Road Integrated Optimization and Navigation system known as Orion.
- UPS Flight Forward, its new Drone delivery service.
- Expanding UPS Access Locations to over 22,000 locations.
UPS hopes to show investors that it can deliver profits by delivering packages on-time during the peak of the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season and capture market share with the ever-growing rise in e-commerce deliveries to residential customers.
UPS has seen it's quarterly volumes rise by 20% from 2019. Experts predict that this figure may rise to 70% over the holiday season.
RETAILERS ENCOURAGING EARLY ORDERS
In order to ensure that customers aren't disappointed with late orders due to high volumes, retailers are encouraging their customers to book their orders earlier than usual.