UPS launches Saturday delivery in Europe

July 28, 2020 by
Sanne Leenders
UPS Europe

This month, UPS will launch its Saturday delivery service in eight European markets. After European consumers have increasingly turned to online shopping during the COVID-19 crisis, the UPS Saturday Standard service launch followed.

The UPS Saturday Standard service will launch in the following eight European markets: the United Kingdom, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Spain and Poland. UPS says that it is the only carrier consistently offering a Saturday delivery option at the normal weekday cost when shipping to a UPS Access Point.

Customer expectations

The UPS Saturday Standard service aims to help small businesses reach their customers during the weekend. “Traditional delivery options limited to Monday through Friday no longer fit our customers’ expectations”, says the logistics company. “UPS has introduced Saturday deliveries so that European businesses, shipping with UPS, can now deliver six days a week to their customers, allowing them to meet increased demand and ensure a positive delivery experience.”

UPS Access Point

Within the eight European markets, there are over 17,000 UPS Access Point locations. These UPS Access Point locations are local businesses, such as neighborhood convenience stores with extended evening and weekend hours. This gives customers the flexibility to pick up parcels when it suits them.

UPS Express Saturday delivery

The logistics company emphasizes that the new UPS Standard Saturday Shipping will complement the existing UPS Express Saturday deliveries. The UPS Saturday Express Shipping offers urgent shipments, which provides delivery typically by noon on Saturdays. The UPS Saturday Standard Shipping offers the delivery on Saturday, typically by the end of the day. This service uses the normal weekday rate when shipping to a UPS Access Point location.

Benefit from cross-border Saturday deliveries

Recently, UPS has invested about €1.75 billion to enhance its network in Europe. As a result of this, businesses, shipping with UPS, can now reach over 80% of Europe’s population within only two business days.

“The pandemic has accelerated the growth of e-commerce, with online retail sales in Europe growing by more than 60% at the height of lockdowns in mid-April,” said Lou Rivieccio, President of UPS Europe. “Introducing Saturday deliveries for UPS Standard is one way that we are helping businesses adjust to the new environment, by offering them the services they need to meet their customers’ expectations. Online retailers can now benefit from cross-border Saturday deliveries with UPS, reaching about 80% of the population in eight key European e-commerce markets.”

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