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E-commerce growth keeps UPS busy this holiday season


UPS expects to pick up more than 34 million packages Monday, Dec. 16, and expects to deliver 29 million packages globally Tuesday, Dec. 17, driven by e-commerce growth. The surge in volume during peak week — the final full week before Christmas, Dec. 16–20 — is a record for a single day at the package delivery company.

“The entire team at UPS has planned all year to handle the annual increased shipping volume during the holidays,” said Alan Gershenhorn, chief sales, marketing and strategy officer. “As consumers change the way they shop for holiday gifts and shipping needs shift, customers rely even more on UPS for trusted and convenient solutions around the globe.”

Nearly 100,000 package cars, vans, tractors, motorcycles and alternative fuel vehicles will be deployed to meet customer needs. Meanwhile, more than 2,388 UPS cargo flights will take off daily around the world during UPS’s seasonal peak week — 465 more flights than a typical day in November. The company expects to deliver 300 packages per second Dec. 17.

Customers who want packages to arrive to their destinations by Tuesday, Dec. 24 can use the following options:

  • UPS 3 Day Select, ship by Thursday, Dec. 19 for delivery Tuesday, Dec. 24

  • UPS 2nd Day Air, ship by Friday, Dec. 20 for delivery Tuesday, Dec. 24 (or you can ship on Saturday at a retail location such as the UPS Store)

  • UPS Next Day Air, ship by Monday, Dec. 23 for delivery Tuesday, Dec. 24

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