UPS: in facts and figures
Originally founded in 1907 as a messenge...
Supply Chain Digital takes a closer look at the logistics giants, UPS, and examines its key facts and figures.
Originally founded in 1907 as a messenger company in the US, UPS has transformed into a multi-billion dollar organisation connecting commerce worldwide. From small beginnings, UPS has become the biggest package delivery firm in the world and now manages a range of goods, funds and information in over 200 countries and territories.
Here are some important facts about the logistics powerhouse.
Founded: August 28, 1907
Headquarters: Atlanta, Ga.
Chief Executive Officer: David Abney
2018 revenue: $72bn
Employees: 481,000 worldwide (399,000 in U.S.)
2018 global delivery volume: 5.2bn packages and documents
Daily global delivery volume: 20.7mn packages and documents
Daily US air volume: 3mn packages and documents
Daily international volume: 3.2mn packages and documents
Service area: Over 220 countries and territories.
Customers: 1.5mn pick-up, 9.1mn delivery
Online tracking: 180mn tracking requests every day
Retail access: The UPS Store, over 5,100; UPS Customer Centers, approximately 1,000; Authorized outlets, 8,200 UPS Drop Boxes, approximately 38,000; UPS Access Point locations, more than 28,000
Operating facilities: Over 1,800
Delivery Fleet: Approximately 123,000 package cars, vans, tractors, motorcycles, including more than 10,000 alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles
UPS jet aircraft: 248
Short-termed leased or Chartered aircraft: 316
Daily flight segments: Domestic – 1,138; International – 1,182
Airports served: Domestic – 400; International – 415
United States: Louisville, Ky. (main Global Air Hub) Philadelphia, Pa.; Dallas, Texas; Ontario, Calif.; Rockford, Ill.
Europe: Cologne/Bonn, Germany
Asia / Pacific: Shanghai; Shenzhen; Hong Kong SAR, China
Latin America and Caribbean: Miami, Fla.
Canada: Hamilton, Ontario
UPS Supply Chain Solutions
Key services: Logistics and distribution; transportation and freight (air, sea, ground, rail); freight forwarding to over 200 countries and territories; international trade management, and customs brokerage.
Specialty services: Service parts logistics; technical repair and configuration; supply chain design and planning, returns management, transportation management.
Facilities: More than 500 facilities in more than 125 countries; 35 M sq. ft.
Key services: Leading provider of less-than-truckload and truckload services coast-to-coast
Delivery fleet: Over 5,900 vehicles and more than 22,000 trailers
Facilities: 200 service centers
Freight Brokerage Services: Coyote Logistics provides truckload, intermodal, and less-than-truckload brokerage and transportation management services using a network of more than 50,000 carriers across the United States, Mexico, Europe and Canada.
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DHL Express Invests in Electric Cargo Plane Fleet
DHL Express has ordered 12 fully electric cargo planes to supercharge efforts in reducing carbon emissions across its US delivery network.
The Alice eCargo planes are manufactured by Seattle startup Eviation, and are designed specifically to be configured for either cargo or passengers. The first planes are expected to be delivered to DHL Express in 2024.
“We have found the perfect partner with Eviation as they share our purpose, and together we will take off into a new era of sustainable aviation,” said John Pearson, CEO of DHL Express.
The purchase forms part of DHL’s €7bn investment in reducing CO2 emissions by 2030, with a zero emissions target set for 2050.
“We firmly believe in a future with zero-emission logistics,” Pearson added. “On our way to clean logistics operations, the electrification of every transport mode plays a crucial role and will significantly contribute to our overall sustainability goal of zero emissions.”
What is Eviation's Alice Aircraft?
- Manufacturer: Eviation
- Capacity: 1,200kg
- Range: 815km
- Charge time: 30 minutes
- Launching: 2024
Eviation’s Alice aircraft enable cargo and passenger airlines to operate zero-emission fleets. The plane can be flown by one pilot and is capable of carrying 1,200kg, with a maximum range of 815km.
The aircraft can be fully charged in 30 minutes, which can take place while the vehicle is loaded and unloaded between flights. Eviation says that, because the aircraft has fewer moving parts - or points of failure - than traditional aircraft, they are more reliable and reduce maintenance overheads and downtime.
“With Alice’s range and capacity, this is a fantastic sustainable solution for our global network,” said Travis Cobb, EVP Global Network Operations and Aviation for DHL Express. “Our aspiration is to make a substantial contribution in reducing our carbon footprint, and these advancements in fleet and technology will go a long way in achieving further carbon reductions.”
How Does Alice Compare with UPS’ eVTOLs?
DHL Express is not alone in electrifying the skies. In April, UPS announced a new fleet of eVTOL (Vertical Takeoff and Landing) aircraft, from Beta Technologies, which will enter service in 2024.
UPS’ vehicles can carry 635kg with a 400km range and cruising speeds of up to 170mph. The eVTOLs can carry cargo to several short-hops or one long route on a single charge, and are aimed at healthcare organisation, SMEs and businesses in small or remote communities.
“These new aircraft will create operational efficiencies in our business, open possibilities for new services, and serve as a foundation for future solutions to reduce the emissions profile of our air and ground operation,” said Juan Perez, UPS Chief Information and Engineering Officer.
The first 10 eVTOLs will be delivered in 2024, with the option for UPS to order up to 150 more.