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UPS expects 5pc more business from Thanksgiving to New Year's


Atlanta's United Parcel Service (UPS) expects five per cent more business this year between November 23 American Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve, the traditional US Christmas shopping season.
The expected seasonal global delivery volume is estimated at 750 million packages, reported the American Journal of Transportation.
Of the 21 holiday delivery days before Christmas, 17 are expected to exceed 30 million delivered packages. With the launch of UPSR Saturday ground pickup and delivery service, customers in nearly 4,700 cities and towns across the US will benefit from five additional ground pickup and delivery days between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Said UPS sales chief Kate Gutmann: "Retail industry sales forecasts indicate another strong holiday season. Online and mobile commerce has transformed the retail industry, and UPS is ideally positioned to serve even during the busiest times."
According to the National Retail Federation, retail sales in November and December are forecast to increase 3.6 to four per cent, reaching between US$679 billion and $682 billion, surpassing the five-year average of 3.5 per cent.
During the busy holiday shipping season, UPS flexes its global delivery network to process nearly double the regular daily volume of about 19 million packages and documents.
Said Ms Gutmann: "UPS continues to invest in the operational and consumer technologies and facility improvements that enable the company to deliver the holidays."
Each year, UPS closely collaborates with its largest holiday shippers to develop early seasonal shipping forecasts and volume planning. To continue to meet the demand, the company is also building new, and enhancing existing, facilities.
UPS completed four new and expanded facility projects to create about one million square feet of additional automated operations space in 2017. Both package sorting and delivery capacity is increasing by about six per cent over last year.
This peak season, UPS plans to employ 95,000 temporary seasonal workers, including drivers, delivery helpers who ride with drivers, package sorters, and loaders.
"Almost 35 per cent of those hired seasonally over the last three years now have permanent jobs with the company," said the company.

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