UPS is promising a one-day improvement in transit times for shipments to and from its Atlantic Canada region.
The US integrator has laid on extra air capacity it says will mean faster flow of goods for businesses shipping to or from the region, where UPS has been expanding its operations considerably in recent months.
Shipments from Los Angeles to Nova Scotia, or from Newfoundland to Vancouver will now arrive the next business day.
The company said its additional air capacity was available for both international and domestic freight and parcels.
Many domestic shipments on the UPS Express Early AM service will see their guaranteed delivery time moving from 9am to 8.30am, while guaranteed times for Express and Express Saver deliveries of 10.30am or noon would apply to more destinations, the company said.
UPS will also be introducing Saturday delivery to select destinations including major cities like Halifax, Moncton and St John’s.
Nicolas Dorget, vice president of marketing at UPS Canada, said: “By bringing state-of-the-art technology and our superior global supply chain network to as many communities as possible in Atlantic Canada, we are making it easier for local entrepreneurs and businesses to grow regionally, nationally and globally.”
UPS has been operating in Canada since 1975, but in recent months has been expanding its services eastwards.
The company has a delivery fleet of 2,500 vehicles and a workforce of 10,000 employees in Canada, with more than 85 daily airline flight segments.
UPS launched pickup and delivery services in Moncton, New Brunswick, back in April, in Halifax in May 2012 and in St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador last month.
The company plans to add five more cities later in 2012 – Saint John and Fredericton in New Brunswick, Sydney and New Glasgow in Nova Scotia, Charlottetown in Prince Edward Island.