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UPS expands its operating network in Asia market

UPS announced a series of network enhancements implemented across Asia, following strong company-wide growth in the first half of 2018.

The news also comes on the heels of the International Monetary Fund’s recent global economic outlook that anticipates Asia to maintain its robust performance with growth at 6.5 percent in 2018-2019

As well the strong growth of public and private investments in Thai infrastructure as Thailand’s economy develops into the innovation-based Thailand 4.0.

“The global economy is now a much bigger playing field and far less hierarchical than in the past. Shifting geopolitical forces, free trade agreements and a surge in connectivity through new technologies”said, Ross McCullough, President, UPS Asia Pacific Region.

“And physical infrastructure have allowed businesses from practically every market, including those in Asia, to take their products and services to customers anywhere in the world,”

“By making investments in our Smart Logistics Network in Asia, we aim to lay the foundation for more Asian businesses to expand their reach internationally, especially to other markets within our region as increased intra-Asia trade offers a buffer against headwinds from global trade and policy uncertainties.”

Since the start of 2018, UPS has completed the following:
  • Strengthened connectivity for Asian businesses between more than 220 countries and territories worldwide, with transit time improvements of up to 3 days, impacting over 500 trade lanes
  • Expanded the UPS Express portfolio with time-definite delivery service to postal codes in China, Hong Kong, South Korea, and the Philippines
  • Extended cut-off times for export shipments by up to five hours in four markets[2], giving more than 90,000 businesses longer production windows and the ability to fulfil late orders with export pick-ups until as late as 8:00 PM
  • Grown intercontinental air cargo capacity with seven new Boeing 747-8s, servicing trade routes that connect Asia with the United States and Europe; a total of nine new aircraft will add more than 10 percent capacity by end-2018
  • Launched a new rail freight service between Hong Kong and Europe, expanded the China-Europe rail service with nine new stops in China, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands and Poland[3]; improving connectivity for businesses in both regions
  • Introduced alternative delivery locations at easy-to-access sites such as EF Lockers or S.F. Stores to provide greater flexibility to the rapidly growing number of online shoppers in Hong Kong
  • Increased retail access points in Malaysia by 70 percent to almost 180 across 43 towns

“Thailand is currently seeing major public and private investments in infrastructure as the country’s economy develops from a manufacturing to a value-based innovation economy, deemed Thailand 4.0.”

“Our latest round of service enhancements in Thailand are geared towards complementing and bolstering these investments, and helping local businesses to make the most of this growth,” said Russell Reed, Managing Director, UPS Thailand.

In particular, we’ve extended pick-up and cut-off times by up to seven hours, giving our customers more time each day to fulfil orders, which is vital for businesses in time-sensitive industries like high-tech and automotive manufacturing.

As the government works to propel Thailand forward as a global logistics and innovation hub, UPS will continue to expand our services and offering so that we can serve our customers’ diverse logistics needs and support their international growth.

In the past 12 months, UPS has made a swathe of investments in Asia, including service expansions across thousands of postcodes throughout China, Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam, in addition to forming a new joint venture with China’s market leading express delivery firm, SF Express, to expand its reach across China.

UPS was established in Asia Pacific 30 years ago, and in this time, the company has grown to service more than 40 countries and territories in the region and employ more than 13,000 staff.

Today, UPS’s Shanghai, Shenzhen and Hong Kong hubs handle as many as 36,000 shipments per hour, delivered by 192 dedicated intra-Asia weekly flights that connect manufacturers, buyers and sellers along Asia’s supply chains.