UPS expands networks in North America

UPS has been expanding its operational networks in North America with the opening of three operations centres in British Columbia, Canada, while expanding a fourth. In addition, the company is opening six new UPS Express centres across Mexico.

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The Canadian expansion represents a multi-million dollar investment that should be completed by November 2014, adding 36,000 sq ft of operational space to the network and creating 80 jobs. New centres are planned for Kamloops, Nanaimo and Comox, with the Kelowna facility being expanded.


“Expanding our service in BC and across Canada is fueled by market opportunity and customer demand,” said UPS Canada President Michael Tierney. “UPS continues to invest in new capabilities and network capacity to secure customers’ confidence and enable their long-term growth.”


In Mexico, UPS said it has opened three new Express Centres in Mexico City along one each in the State of México, Jalisco and Quintana Roo. The new facilities bring the company’s network to 20 locations, and the number of access points in the country to 390. UPS said the expansion will extend its shipping services to more customers across Mexico.


“The addition of these new UPS Express centred demonstrates our ongoing commitment to continue providing more solutions for our customers, offering more options to conduct their business through our comprehensive network,” said David Hopkins, UPS Mexico marketing director.


 Postal organisations and parcel companies are investing heavily in infrastructure, service offering and technology to take advantage of growth opportunities within the delivery marketplace. This is enabling them to improve the service they provide to customers and increase competitiveness.

Skillweb is a privately owned, UK-based business that provides technology solutions designed to help organisations manage their mobile workforces and track the movement of their goods. The company has operated since 1999 managing deployments across the UK and Europe and is responsible for up to 100 million transactions each month and growing.


Skillweb provides an effective means of tracking and tracing incoming and outgoing deliveries, as well as communicating useful delivery details to the recipient, via its SmartTask POD solution, helping carriers of all sizes to enhance their service offering.


Downloaded onto a worker’s smartphone, ruggedised or semi-ruggedised device – including the Motorola TC55 touch computer – this mobile software application can run as a standalone solution, alongside Skillweb’s Houndit technology or a carrier’s current system.


When recipients choose their delivery option during a purchase, the information sent to a carrier relating to the order can be used by the software to generate a communication via email or SMS stating an approximate delivery slot. This is based on how long it takes to get from a warehouse to the customer.



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