UPS enhances European network

United Parcel Service (UPS) has made a series of enhancement to its network and infrastructure that the company says will reduce transit times between over 350 cities in 26 countries around Europe.

There will be faster ground shipping times to Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia and Hungary. As well as this, UPS Express shipments are to improve with faster shipping times between Lithuania and the UK as well as the UK and north-western Poland.

“Business owners in the UK need to be confident their customers will receive their orders on time, at the right place and at the right price,” said Luis Arriaga, country manager, UPS UK. “To help businesses do this, we’ve reduced shipping times by up to 24 hours.”

According to UPS, the recent time in transit improvements are part of a US$2bn investment in its own European network and infrastructure between 2014 and 2019. The logistics and delivery giant has already completes 33% of this network extension and redesign programme to include new facilities in the UK, Sweden, Poland, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Denmark and Belgium.

In November 2015, UPS announced plans to construct a new 32,000 square meter package sorting and delivery facility at the DP World London Gateway logistics site in the south east of England.

The facility, expected to be completed this summer, will act as a UK hub and distribution centre for the local area as well as a key gateway to UPS’s global transportation network. Once completed, the facility will be able to process approximately 30,000 packages an hour, with room for further expansion.  
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