The United Parcel Service (a.k.a. UPS) announced this week that it will no longer be taking the whole weekend off. Beginning April 15, the brown-clad delivery service will begin making deliveries on Saturdays in 15 metropolitan areas. Saturday service is expected to be expanded to 4,700 locales by November and to 5,800 by 2018.
While the company plans to increase automation in 70 of its warehouses to meet the demands of the added day of delivery, UPS also says that it will be hiring as many 6,000 new employees, an increase by 1.7% to its domestic operations. As many as 4,000 of those jobs are expected to be created this year.
You may recall that UPS has also been testing out drone deliveries. It’s unclear whether they expect the drones to work on Saturdays.
Even Less Reason to Shop In-Store
The move comes as a result of the increase in online shopping. UPS expects that by 2019 more than half of all its deliveries will be made to home residences. In fact, this latest change in service seems overdue, as both FedEx and the US Postal Service already make deliveries on Saturdays. The latter also makes Amazon Prime Sunday deliveries in some markets.
What do you think readers? Are you more likely to use UPS for your deliveries as a result of this change? Will you skip a trip in-store if you can get weekend delivery? Let us know in the comments below.