We are all well aware of the theories of supply and demand and its relationship to costs for businesses. Well customer demand in the package delivery arena has now caused UPS to make a significant service enhancement to their operations by providing Saturday delivery for Ground packages to compete with both the USPS and UPS rival, FedEx Home Delivery.
Retail customers can now receive Ground packages on Saturday and not have to wait until Monday to receive them. On the other side of the coin, retail shippers can ship packages on Saturday and expect Monday delivery to next day delivery zones. Another interesting fact is that UPS expects to add 6000 new jobs once this massive change is totally implemented, and that’s great news for the overall economy.
Want more reasons as justification for UPS to make this change; UPS expects that residential deliveries will represent more than half of their delivery business by 2019. Saturday operations will also allow UPS to flush it’s system over the weekend before the big Monday rush of packages, so overall it’s a good move for UPS.
Expect UPS Saturday Ground delivery to roll out this month in major US cities such as, New York, Chicago and Boston. This operational change will give on-line shoppers another reason not to go to the mall. So the only remaining question is, when will we see Sunday deliveries for FedEx and UPS? We suspect it may not be that far away.