UPS recently announced that it will start offering Saturday ground delivery and pickup services, a move that will create thousands of new jobs, MLive reported. The new services will be in operation by late 2018.
The company says that these services will add 6,000 new jobs across the country. Last year, UPS began running a test program for Saturday delivery in Philadelphia, Atlanta and Los Angeles, the source noted. As part of the expansion, the test program will grow to include Indianapolis, San Francisco, Cleveland, New York, St. Louis, Seattle, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Buffalo, Denver, Chicago, Knoxville and Milwaukee. Eventually, the service will be provided in more than 5,800 cities and towns in 2018, according to a press release from the company.
"Shippers across multiple industries ranging from automotive to healthcare stand to benefit from this additional operating day," the press release stated. "It enables them to add a sixth day to ship and receive providing an opportunity to turn inventory faster, utilize space more efficiently and increase productivity."
According to RetailDive, UPS has conducted research that shows that 46 percent of customers fill their online shopping carts but then fail to actually purchase them for reasons that include lengthy shipping time. The company hopes the new program will boost sales completion for online retailers.