Latest expansion raises nationwide coverage by 78 percent to reach more than 200 cities UPS® (NYSE: UPS), a global leader in logistics, today announced its latest expansion plan in Brazil to increase territorial coverage, improve time in transit and quality in the solutions it offers its customers. The expansion in the state of Sao Paulo includes the opening of nine new operating facilities, which will increase the company's country-wide network by 78 percent to reach more than 200 cities. The nine operating locations will be strategically situated in the cities of Sao Carlos, Ribeirao Preto, Franca, Bauru, Sao Jose dos Campos, Sao Jose do Rio Preto, Botucatu, Aracatuba and Presidente Prudente, and are set to be completed by May 2015. The company will also increase the size of its ground fleet to 115 vehicles, adding routes to Santos, Sao Jose dos Campos, Sorocaba, Marilia and Campinas, allowing UPS to extend its services by two additional hours to place and pick up orders. In addition to benefitting from faster time in-transit options, UPS customers will also be able to track their shipments in real-time by accessing www.ups.com. "Growing market trends, such as a rise in the middle class, growth of e-commerce and the development of small and medium enterprises (SMEs), provide UPS multiple avenues for opportunities in Brazil," said Nadir M, president of UPS Brazil. "The expansion of UPS's services and the enhancement of our network in Brazil is part of a long-term strategy to meet the demands of our customers. With more flexible pick-up times and faster time in-transit options, we can better provide high-quality logistics solutions in the largest market in Latin America." UPS's expansion in the state of Sao Paulo will increase the size of its operations to almost 216,000 sq. feet, which will include a total of 21 operating facilities, serving more than 110 municipalities and reaching more than 200 cities nationwide. The in-country growth will employ more than 3,000 employees, creating an estimated 100 new jobs and add more than 800 third-party staff positions. "Enhanced reliability and faster service will allow our customers to raise their inventory and provide high quality products that will help lead to increased profits," added M. "UPS is creating end-to-end benefits and maintaining a competitive advantage by offering tailored services and solutions for our customers." Beyond expanding the capacity of its operations, and as a continuous effort to offer logistics solutions to all industries in Brazil, UPS announced in April 2014 the opening of an 80,000 sq. foot facility dedicated to the healthcare sector. UPS also included an additional 86,500 sq. feet of dedicated space for high-tech capabilities, bringing the total to 166,500 sq. feet of dedicated multi-client operations in Cajamar, Sao Paulo.