In the first half of 2019 said it has made a raft of investments in Asia Pacific as part of its strategy to bolster economic development in the region – which is projected to account for 63 per cent of global GDP growth in 2019.
These include upgrades to Shenzhen Asia Pacific Air Hub to increase the hub’s processing capacity by nearly 50 per cent in preparation for volume gains in the coming three years.
The hub serves as a transfer point for shipments moving within the region, and UPS said enhancements improve both “reliability and quality of service” provided to UPS customers in Asia and it operates 86 weekly flights in and out from the hub.
UPS has also added greater capacity for shipments between South Korea and Europe, with the deployment of a Boeing 747-400F that replaces an existing MD-11, and increases aircraft capacity by more than 20 per cent.
The integrator also revealed a series of service enhancements that it said impact almost 1.4 million postal codes in 41 countries and territories across the Asia Pacific region, enabling worldwide connectivity for over 22 million businesses.
“At the root of the investments in our Smart Logistics Network is a simple desire to make global commerce easier for Asian businesses – because when they grow, we grow too,” said Ross McCullough, president, UPS Asia Pacific Region.
“More UPS customers in the region will now be able to have their shipments sent and received in less time; they’ll be able to find us easily in more cities and towns, and they’ll be able to send shipments later in the day than before – all of which will open new opportunities for businesses in the region to trade more efficiently with the rest of the world.”
UPS said it has also improved the geographic reach of UPS Worldwide Express services, offering international shipping with time-definite deliveries in Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, and South Korea.
“Despite the challenging economic and geopolitical climate, we still see lots of opportunities for growth. The recent service enhancements carried out across Korea including extended cut-off times and time-definite delivery cover key cities such as Gyeonggi Province, a major economic centre of Korea.
“To better support growing inbound and outbound volumes, UPS continues to invest in our capabilities and deepen our presence across Korea. We’re committed to providing customers with greater speed and operational efficiencies as they expand their global footprint; all while maintaining timely deliveries,” said Harrison Park, managing director of UPS Korea.