UPS Shipping – An Overview
The shipping industry of today is undergoing a shakeout in a number of new start-ups promising to bring more efficiencies to their clients, cargo forwarders, ocean carriers and the shipping industry as a whole. Although some of these start-up ventures have been able to take advantage of the best practices and technologies in the industry, others have been unable to overcome the challenges of an ever-changing market and have instead focused on the expansion of their own capabilities, or have been forced to downsize their operations due to financial constraints. Still others, even with the right plan, may find themselves in a position that requires them to downsize or cease their service altogether.
Despite the shakeout in logistics, however, the shipping industry still enjoys the most widespread demand for ocean carriers, including UPS ships and UPS trucks. UPS is the largest shipper of commercial vehicles and has invested heavily in building its fleet of heavy vehicles capable of hauling goods. Many of its larger ships are now powered by diesel-electric hybrids and can accommodate a variety of cargo, including hazardous goods and petroleum products.
Because many shipments, especially those originating in the United States, must be approved by the US Department of Transportation, UPS cargo ships must first pass through the stringent marine safety and security measures of the Federal Maritime Commission. They must also meet international standards. Shipping through these stringent conditions ensures that a freight is handled properly and that it poses no threat to international travelers or the environment. Moreover, shipping through these requirements ensures that UPS drivers know how to load and unload their cargo and that their carriers are capable of delivering safely and accurately.
With its extensive fleet of commercial vehicles, UPS has the most efficient way to deliver supplies and services to its customers. In addition, UPS ships are designed specifically for the unique needs of their clients, including their precise routes, the speed of their vessels and the specific cargo being shipped. All these features make UPS shipping efficient and effective and enable it to offer high quality service to its customers.
One of the things that helps UPS shipping to be cost effective is its fleet size. Shipping through large commercial vessels is a lot cheaper than shipping by smaller vessels, which makes UPS one of the few companies in the industry to be able to provide service for a good price. The fleet size also provides UPS with a much more reliable resource for the kind of volume they deliver, as well as a greater level of efficiency. Since they need only one or two commercial vessels for every hundred passenger shipments, the fewer vessels they use allow for the same number of trips means fewer stops, shorter delivery times and thus lower costs.
The fleet size is further enhanced by the size of the vessels themselves. Most UPS vessels are about twice as long as standard ocean cruises, which is why the company doesn’t have as many small vessels compared to other ocean shippers. In contrast, a number of the competitors in the shipping industry typically have between one and three vessels.
UPS ships do not, however, require as many passengers as many competitors, which allows the company to charge for the same amount of cargo and make the trip much shorter. Although some competitors may claim that the same number of passengers can be delivered on larger ships, when the vessels are empty, an average UPS vessel holds the same capacity as a standard ocean liner, so that an individual passenger could easily be accommodated on one of UPS ships for the duration of a traditional ocean flight.
By using these strategies, UPS can achieve excellent efficiency and profitability. It has also achieved its goal to offer its customers the greatest possible level of customer service, especially for those who are interested in providing extra support to their clients. Because it takes fewer trips, the company is able to provide faster turnaround times, which means that there are more customers to handle at a time and therefore, more sales and revenue.