UPS: No Residential Peak Delivery Surcharges For 2019 Holiday Season

UPS announced August 16 it will not be applying additional peak surcharges for residential deliveries during the 2019 holiday season, which runs approximately October 1, 2019 through January 4, 2020. The carrier said it would leverage cost savings from its expanded air freight network and automated sortation “super hubs,” passing it on to customers. Other peak delivery surcharges on large shipments and those requiring additional handling will remain intact, UPS said in a press release. More than 75% of UPS’s parcel volume will pass through these automated facilities in peak 2019, said the carrier. The lack of surcharges will enable customers to better plan their holiday shipping needs. UPS had a “record-setting 2018 peak season in terms of both on-time delivery performance and operations execution,” and expects the 2019 holiday season to be even larger. After Amazon shook up the shipping game this year by shortening default Prime order delivery speeds from two days to one, UPS has rolled out seven-day-a-week service, new delivery options, an expansion of its air fleet and other measures to compete against the retailer and growing logistics giant. UPS’ competitor FedEx has similarly upped its service offerings and recently decided not to renew its Express and Ground contracts with Amazon, seeking profitable eCommerce business elsewhere. As the two major carriers vie for shipment shares going into peak season, it appears price could become another differentiator.