Company Set To Begin Busiest Week Of The Year; 24 Million Deliveries
Projected for Wednesday, Dec. 22
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Dec. 15 /CNW/ - UPS (NYSE: UPS) is about to embark on
its busiest week of the year - Monday, Dec. 20, through Friday, Dec.
24. During the busiest day of this five-day logistics miracle, known
as Peak Week, UPS will deliver 278 packages every second.
Wednesday, Dec. 22, marks the single busiest day of the year for UPS.
That's when the company's brown-suited Santas will deliver more than 24
million packages worldwide as gift-givers and online retailers launch
into a flurry of last-minute activity.
To put that in perspective, the 9 million extra packages that UPS will
deliver on Dec. 22 represents more business than its largest competitor
handles on an average day.
As it has for the past 103 years, UPS will efficiently handle the
logistics for this surge in holiday package volume. Consider these
facts and figures:
The more than 24 million packages UPS expects to deliver worldwide on
Wednesday, Dec. 22, is nearly 60 per cent more than normal daily
UPS's ground fleet of more than 100,000 package cars, vans, motorcycles
and tractors will assist Santa's sleigh in delivering the holidays this
season. Operating the largest private fleet of alternative fuel
vehicles in the package sector, the company's more than 1,940
alternative fuel vehicles will help keep the holidays green for years
And that's not the only reason UPS is the "greener" way to ship. Last
year UPS became the first small package carrier in the U.S. to unveil a
carbon neutral program, offering shippers the option of offsetting the
carbon emissions associated with their shipments through a small fee.
And last week, UPS earned the top score in the consumer shipping sector
-- for the second year in a row - on the prestigious "Climate Counts"
Dec. 22 will be the highest traffic day for ups.com online tracking requests. UPS expects more than 44 million package
tracking requests on this day.
Globally, UPS will deliver approximately 430 million packages in the
month before Christmas.
UPS Airlines, one of the world's largest, is adding more than 350
additional flights per day during Peak Week.
One of the holiday season's top employers of choice, UPS added roughly
50,000 seasonal workers to handle this surge in package deliveries.
Procrastinators can rely on UPS air services to ship as late as, Dec.
23, to be delivered on Friday, Dec. 24. Last-minute holiday shoppers
and shippers also can visit the nearly 350 The UPS Store® and Mail Boxes Etc.® locations in Canada to help with packing and shipping.
Do-it-yourselfers can visit UPS.com to print a packing label and prepare
a shipment. Packages then can be placed in one of 404 UPS drop boxes in Canada or dropped off at a UPS Customer Centre, The UPS Store, Mail Boxes Etc. or other authorized shipping outlets.
For more information on the holiday shipping calendar and to watch and
download videos about the holiday surge, visit these online venues:
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 blog.ups.com. To get UPS news
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SOURCE UPS Canada Ltd.
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