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“Freight Freak” John B: UPS Prepares for 2019 Peak Season

October 15, 2019

Supply Chain - John B - AMS FulfillmentUPS Peak Season kicks off in late October this year, as the e-retailers gear up for the holiday shopping season. UPS had a record-setting 2018 peak season in terms of both on-time delivery performance and operations execution. They expect the 2019 holiday season to be even larger, according to UPS chairman and CEO David Abney.

The company announced that they will not apply additional Peak surcharges for U.S. residential deliveries during the busy 2019 holiday season, unless by contractual exception or for those requiring special handling. With the company expecting to handle a record number of holiday deliveries this season, they are better prepared than ever to handle the volume.

As documented from the UPS Pressroom, during 2018 and 2019, UPS has added 20 additional 747-8 and 767 aircraft, more than 700,000 additional packages per hour of automated sortation capacity in new Super Hubs, and updated processing and delivery terminals. The company continues to upgrade its air and ground capacity as part of a previously announced capital investment plan. More than 75 percent of eligible packages will be processed in the new automated super hub facilities during this holiday season, and the company forecasts attaining 100 percent of eligible volume in 2021.

UPS’s CEO and Chairman David Abney states “We are continuing to build momentum as our transformation matures and we enhance the company’s operating efficiency.” This enables UPS shippers to plan for a great online holiday shopping and shipping season, utilizing UPS’s industry-leading on-time delivery service, with the same cost structure during Peak timeframe.

As I’ve said in my past blogs, there are many very good options available for those shippers and especially with some of the hybrids, however with the new advances and AMS’s newly formed Brown partnership, including deeply discounted incentives, it would be difficult to beat the reliability and service of UPS.

Our team at AMS is here to help you with that analysis and can always provide the pros and cons. We can help drive the right strategy for your business model. For more information please contact John Bevacqua by phone or email at the following: Office 661-775-0611 or [email protected].


About the Freight Freak:

John Bevacqua is the VP of Logistics at AMS Fulfillment. His area of excellence is in creating distribution and fulfillment operations that function as a capable interface between suppliers, retailers, and wholesale distributors. His experience includes developing and leading FedEx/ Kinko’s Distribution Services into the FedEx post acquisition, USA Wireless Technologies, and a top Logistics Management company. He has also worked with third party fulfillment companies, preparing him for his current position with AMS Fulfillment.