In the largest expansion of its international shipping portfolio in more than a decade, UPS said it would begin offering customers three, rather than two, daily time-definite delivery options to and from the world’s most active trading markets.
The changes, which take effect on Jan. 1, 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, Atlanta-based UPS now will offer 9 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 will sharpen and expand those options on lanes between the U.S. and Asia, Europe and the Americas, giving businesses three time-of-day delivery options in 30 of the world’s most active trading markets.
The first 30 markets in which three delivery options will be offered include Australia, Austria, Belgium, Britain, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand and Vatican City.
These 30 markets and the U.S. account for 83.5 percent of global GDP.
As a result, expanded options in the UPS international delivery portfolio will apply to:
- UPS Worldwide Express Plus (guaranteed delivery by 8:30 a.m. or 9 a.m., depending on destination)
- UPS Worldwide Express (guaranteed delivery by 10:30 a.m. or 12 noon, depending on destination)
- UPS Worldwide Saver SM (guaranteed delivery end-of-day)
Each of the UPS Worldwide Express services will be supported by Quantum View visibility technology, which provides customers status of their shipments anywhere in the world. Quantum View also sends customers 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 WorldShip software called UPS CampusShip and UPS Internet Shipping.