Logistics leader UPS recently announced that it will launch an enormous expansion of its UPS Worldwide Expedited service, which aims to provide clients with faster and more efficient transit of parcels that need to be delivered to countries across the globe. The company revealed it will now deliver packages to more than 220 countries and territories in just two to five business days, tripling the area the program previously covered.
"UPS Worldwide Expedited offers our customers a more economical, less time sensitive service that has many of the same benefits they get from our Worldwide Express service, including fast and efficient door-to-door delivery, tracking visibility and quick customs clearance provided by UPS's customs brokerage," said John Sutthoff, UPS vice president of international marketing. "Retail and consumer goods, industrial manufacturing and high-tech industry customers are finding the service especially attractive for the reliability and visibility supported by UPS's best in class IT and operating infrastructure."
These increased shipping options could have significant impacts for companies trying to enhance the logistical components of their supply chains. It could also prove to be a back-up option for firms experiencing challenges due to unexpected circumstances, such as storms or political unrest. An expedited worldwide service could allow them to get emergency shipments of raw materials or finished goods where they need to be quickly and ensure production or sales aren't held up due to transit problems.
Having an emergency plan is critical not only to help companies avoid production issues, but also to help it enjoy greater business cost reductions. Unexpected events can make certain shipping routes become unusable or conditions could become dangerous, causing those who are willing to ship products to charge more for transportation. However, with a back-up plan in place, companies can keep logistical and supply chain expenses as low as possible, even when the unanticipated should occur.