An inside look at UPS Worldport

By Freddie Pierce
I ran across an interesting piece in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution this morning that talked about holiday season happenings at UPS Worldport air tra...

I ran across an interesting piece in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution this morning that talked about holiday season happenings at UPS’ Worldport air transportation hub in Louisville, Ky. The story talked about some interesting trends being seen in the shipping and air freight industry today.

According to UPS Package handler Andrew McFarland and operations supervisor Nick LaBarbera, more and more packages are moving via air freight, particularly in the clothing and entertainment market. Those two market segments combine to form a huge part of holiday season shipping.

LaBarbera commented that the number of bulk shipments has continued to increase over the past several years, but that big-picture shipping trends can be difficult to keep track of.

“It’s kind of spotty,” LaBarbera told the AJC.

UPS Worldport employees are also witnessing the boom in e-commerce firsthand, as the worldwide logistics provider makes about 35 percent of all of its deliveries to homes.


UPS teams up with IMG to sponsor college sports

UPS releases medical supply chain report

The October issue of Supply Chain Digital has launched!

That shipping explosion is coupled with an increase in traffic of next-day packages. Worldport Wing manager Michael Armendt commented that the UPS shipping hub sent more than 1.27 million packages through the system the Tuesday after Labor day, and 966,000 on a mid-September weeknight.

Both figures were an increase over where Worldport was last year.

“Everything I’ve read says the economy is getting worse by the day, but it doesn’t seem to be really translating here,” Armendt told the AJC. “People seem to be shipping quite a bit.”

Thankfully, the UPS shipping hub has the capacity to move 416,000 packages per hour thanks to its state-of-the-art automated systems. To help with its holiday season rush, UPS plans to hire hundreds of temporary workers in the coming months.

Click here to download Supply Chain Digital’s iPad app!


Featured Articles

IBM: Supply Chain Data is Sustainability 'Blockage'

IBM study highlights sustainability disconnect between intention and impact, with 76% of execs agreeing it's crucial but just 30% making much progress

Heineken Toasts Success of Supply Chain Transformation

Digital transformations have a notoriously high failure rate but not so at Heineken, who has transformed its European logistics operations to great effect

GEP's Procuretech Advice, as new Scope 3 Reporting Laws Loom

GEP issues advice around mandatory Scope 3 reporting, an issue that will figure large at Sustainability LIVE: Net Zero, being held in London

Cainiao: The World's Largest Ecommerce Logistics Provider


FedEx Express Opens Singapore Logistics HQ


Supply Chain Problems Sees Partnerships Programme Grow