As economic influence and purchasing power continues to grow among consumers living in China’s second- and third-tier cities, UPS on Thursday announced plans to expand its portfolio of shipping services offered in those locales.
Thirteen cities across the Jiangsu, Shangdong, Zheijang and Guangdong provinces as well as in the sprawling Chongqing municipality in the southwest now have access to speedy shipping to and from Asia, Europe and the U.S. (faster by up to two days); guaranteed 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. deliveries of imports via UPS Worldwide Express service; and later cut-off times to tender shipments.
“As China continues to liberalize its economy, balance growth across the country and improve its infrastructure through initiatives such as ‘One Belt, One Road’, UPS is committed to expanding our presence in China and enabling more businesses to achieve their cross-border pursuits,” Nando Cesarone, president of UPS Asia Pacific, said in a statement.
Richard Loi, president of UPS China, pointed out that recent research conducted by the logistics company found that the country’s manufacturing industry is undergoing a “paradigm shift” characterized by a move towards high value sectors, innovation and global connectivity.
“Chinese exporters are now adopting a more customer-centric approach, which requires more collaborative partnerships and logistics support,” he said, noting, “Our latest enhancement is a response to this demand.”
UPS first entered China in 1988 and currently serves more than 300 cities across the country.