A Century Of Playing Santa



    
    UPS Soars Into 100th Holiday Season, Expecting More Than 22 Million
    Deliveries on Busiest Day

    Quick Facts:

    -   On UPS's Peak Day, Wednesday, Dec. 19, the company will deliver more
        than 250 packages every second
    -   UPS expects deliveries on its busiest day to rise 40 per cent to more
        than 22 million packages
    -   UPS's ground fleet of 94,542 package cars, vans and tractors will
        expand by approximately 7,000 vehicles during the holiday season, and
        UPS Airlines will add 423 more flights per day during Peak Week
        (Dec. 17-21)
    -   You can ship within Canada and to the United States as late as
        Friday, Dec. 21, using UPS's express air services and still have
        packages arrive in time for Christmas
    

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, Nov. 27 /CNW/ - After 99 trips down and up the chimney,
UPS is about to show - for the 100th time - that the true colour of Santa's
suit is brown. UPS is dusting off its Santa hat for its 100th holiday season
and expects deliveries on its busiest day to rise 40 per cent to more than
22 million packages.
    On UPS's Peak Day, Wednesday, Dec. 19, the company will deliver more than
250 packages every second through its worldwide air and ground network. Just
two days later on Friday, Dec. 21, UPS will handle its largest volume of air
express packages, delivering some 5.6 million air parcels, nearly
two-and-a-half times its normal air volume.
    "We are fully equipped to handle the holiday rush," said Mike Tierney,
president of UPS Canada. "UPS's logistics network, advanced technology and
dedicated employees ensure we can reliably handle the surge in package volume.
Because of our personalized and convenient service, UPS is trusted by more
people to deliver their holiday packages than any other company."
    To accommodate the intense holiday rush, UPS Canada will add more than
10 per cent to its workforce in the form of seasonal employees.
    Plan to ship your holiday packages as early as possible. The UPS network
is designed to handle the needs of all shippers, including procrastinators.
You can ship within Canada and to the United States as late as Friday,
Dec. 21, using UPS's express air services and still have packages arrive in
time for Christmas. For those sending gifts to friends and families overseas,
packages can be shipped using UPS's international express air services as late
as Dec. 18 or 19, depending on the destination country.
    UPS recommends shippers check UPS.com(R) to verify time-in-transit for
their particular shipping destination. Shippers with questions about shipping
options and proper packing techniques can also rely on the experts at their
neighbourhood The UPS Store(R) locations.
    More than 300 The UPS Store locations in Canada offer access to specially
trained and certified packing experts who can make gift-giving easier and more
efficient. To find store locations, information on products and services,
hours of operation, directions and maps, visit www.TheUPSStore.ca.
    UPS is able to accommodate the annual surge in holiday volume because its
worldwide package delivery network can expand quickly. At the same time, the
company's robust technologies make it possible for customers to keep tabs on
their packages while en route. Here's a closer look at some of the numbers
that describe the expansiveness of the UPS Peak Season:

    
    -   UPS expects more than 32 million online package tracking requests on
        Peak Day (Wednesday, Dec. 19), more than double a normal day's
        tracking activity. Meanwhile, the company expects more than
        150 million tracking requests during that entire week (Dec. 17-21).
    -   UPS's ground fleet of 94,542 package cars, vans and tractors will
        expand by approximately 7,000 vehicles during the holiday season.
    -   UPS Airlines, already the ninth largest in the world, will add
        423 more flights per day during Peak Week (Dec. 17-21) compared to an
        average day.
    

    For 100 years, UPS has been delivering holiday cheer from around the
corner to more than 200 countries and territories across the globe. To find
the nearest UPS location or additional holiday packing and shipping
information, visit www.UPS.com or call 1-800-PICK-UPS.

    Editor's Note: The UPS Canada Public Relations team is ready to help with
your holiday coverage. For the latest holiday facts and figures, packing and
shipping tips or any other information needed to complete your stories,
contact UPS Canada Public Relations at (905) 676-1708.





For further information:

For further information: Shannon Morton, APEX Public Relations, (416)
924-4442 ext. 253, smorton@apexpr.com; Tara Smith, UPS Canada, (905) 676-1708,
mediarelations@ups.com


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