UPS Packs on Flower Power for 2015 Valentine’s Day Season
110 Million Flowers Flow through UPS Global Logistics Network
Business is blooming leading up to Valentine’s Day. To get flowers, steaks, sweets and gifts to businesses and consumers by February 14th it takes a global logistics network helping Cupid.
UPS (NYSE: UPS) is shipping more than 110 million flowers, which equals 10 million pounds, to love birds around the United States. Many of the blossoms come from Latin American countries, primarily Colombia and Ecuador. More than 90 percent of the imported flowers will travel through the Miami International Airport where UPS is the largest air cargo carrier.
According to the National Retail Federation, consumers are expected to spend $142 on Valentine’s gifts, of that, $41 will be used to buy flowers. U.S. consumers are projected to spend almost $19 billion on Valentine’s gifts.
UPS will add 40 additional flights to and from Latin America. “Meeting our customers’ needs is at the heart of what we do,” said Jose Acosta, UPS Americas Region president of Latin American Operations and Public Affairs. “This year we’re transporting more than 200,000 boxes of flowers in temperature-controlled aircraft.” Blooms will stay fresh in a 27,000 square-foot refrigerated warehouse at the UPS air cargo facility in Miami where the flowers are inspected and sorted for travel to their final destination.
And for many, Valentine’s Day would not be complete without a romantic dinner and some elegant sweets. UPS will also move temperature-sensitive dinners from companies such as Omaha Steaks, and sweet treats from small businesses like Fairytale Brownies. Earlier this year, an Omaha Steaks survey revealed nearly 90% of Americans would enjoy a romantic dinner at home. Share what you would cook for your Valentine’s Day on our social channels using #lovedelivered.
Those waiting until the last minute can ship as late as Friday, February 13th using UPS Next Day Air service to have gifts arrive on Valentine’s Day. Click here for the UPS Valentine’s Day Shipping CalendarAbout UPS
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