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UPS slashes ground delivery transit times – Freight Waves

Fastest Ground Ever project takes one business day off millions of nationwide deliveries

UPS Inc. has reduced transit times by one business day on millions of parcels moving under its core U.S. ground delivery business, one of the most consequential service improvements the transport and logistics giant has implemented in years.

The initiative, Fastest Ground Ever, was launched during the first week of November. All lengths of haul are affected by the change. However, 63% of its ZIP code-to ZIP code lane improvements have been in what the company characterizes as “one- to three-day transit lanes,” according to a UPS spokesman. For millions of commercial and residential shipments, that means an original three-business-day transit time will be compressed to two, and two business days down to one. UPS moved 16.8 million packages each day through its ground network during the third quarter, according to company data.

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FedEx, UPS Can’t Get Enough Vans to Keep Up With Delivery Rush – MSN

FedEx Corp. and United Parcel Service Inc. are running into a shortage of delivery vans during a record surge in package volumes.

Urged by the couriers to purchase any vans they can scrounge up, leasing companies are dipping into the used market. Added demand in the rental market “is creating shortages,” a UPS spokesman said by email. FedEx is even paying a stipend to its contractors to offset the extra cost of renting.

“If there’s a cargo van out there, we’re trying to buy it,” said Brendan Keegan, chief executive officer of Merchants Fleet, which provides vehicles to package delivery companies. It expects to have 15,000 vans out for lease at year-end, up from 6,000 a year earlier.

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UPS air hub in Louisville to play key role in vaccine delivery – WDRB

Millions of doses of one or more forthcoming coronavirus vaccines are likely to be stored in Louisville, the home of UPS’ global air hub, before being shipped all over the world.

But it’s still too soon to say whether Louisville-area healthcare providers will have a logistical leg up in obtaining the vaccine because of proximity to the shipping giant’s hub.

“That would be great if we could get it faster because UPS is here,” said Dr. Sarah Moyer, director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, on Tuesday. “I think the details on logistics are still being worked out as we don’t even have (a vaccine) that is FDA-(emergency use authorization) approved yet.”

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Retailers already fear U.S. holiday ‘shipageddon’; now here come vaccines – Reuters

Deliveries of holiday gifts purchased online at major retailers could get delayed by something far more critical – COVID-19 vaccines.

Pharmaceutical companies including Pfizer and Moderna as early as mid-December could begin sending inoculations to U.S. healthcare workers and nursing home residents.

FedEx and United Parcel Service could make space for those shipments on cargo planes by bumping off packages from Amazon.com, Walmart, Target and other retailers.

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How a UPS Driver Gets Through the Holiday Rush: Lysol and Puppy Treats – Morningstar

More puppies and more husbands.

Those are among the telltale signs that this holiday season is unlike any other for Jenny Rosado in the three decades since she became a driver for United Parcel Service Inc.

 “All of a sudden, there are all these new men in the homes,” said the 53-year-old Ms. Rosado, who delivers packages out of the Stratford, Conn., hub. The animal lover also sees more dogs, and she greets them with treats, adding: “I made a lot of new puppy friends.”