UPS Raises the Bar for International Delivery
ATLANTA, Nov. 7, 2006 - In the largest expansion of its international shipping portfolio in more than a decade, UPS (NYSE: UPS) today announced it will begin offering customers three, rather than two, daily time-definite delivery options to and from the world’s most active trading markets.
The changes expand the number of morning and afternoon commit times UPS offers for urgent deliveries to and from cities throughout the world. In addition to expanded end-of-day options, UPS now will offer 9:00 a.m. delivery guarantees from U.S. origins to more cities in Asia and other global destinations than any other carrier.
While early morning, morning and end-of-day delivery times have become the standard for deliveries within the United States, importers and exporters have long had only one or two time-of-day delivery options for international air shipments. The new UPS services, to take effect on Jan. 1, 2007, will sharpen and expand those options on lanes between the United States and Asia, Europe and the Americas, giving businesses three time-of-day delivery options in 30 of the world’s most active trading markets. These 30 markets and the United States account for 83.5 percent of global GDP.
The expanded options will make UPS’s international delivery portfolio the most expansive in the industry and will include:
* UPS Worldwide Express PlusSM (guaranteed delivery by 8:30 a.m. or 9:00 a.m., depending on destination)
* UPS Worldwide ExpressSM (guaranteed delivery by 10:30 a.m. or 12 noon, depending on destination)
* UPS Worldwide SaverSM (guaranteed delivery end-of-day)
“This latest expansion of UPS service options redefines industry standards for delivery between the U.S. and other leading economic centers around the world,” said Kurt Kuehn, UPS senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing. “This change to UPS’s international portfolio, combined with our industry-leading technology, gives U.S. importers and exporters more flexibility and greater precision to help them manage today’s just-in-time supply chain models.”
Each of the UPS Worldwide Express services will be supported by Quantum ViewSM visibility technology, which provides customers status of their shipments anywhere in the world and also sends them proactive alerts if shipments do not arrive by their committed delivery deadline due to customs holds, weather delays or for any other reason. The services also will be integrated into the newest version of UPS WorldShipTM software, UPS CampusShipTM and UPS Internet Shipping.
The first 30 markets in which three delivery options will be offered include: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom and Vatican City.
UPS is the world’s largest package delivery company and a global leader in supply chain services, offering an extensive range of options for synchronizing the movement of goods, information and funds. Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., UPS serves more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. UPS’s stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange (UPS) and the company can be found on the Web at UPS.com. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS.
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