E-commerce drives UPS’ planned new $180m Arizona facility

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UPS has announced plans for a new $180 million package processing hub in Goodyear – Arizona – a rapidly growing commercial and residential community west of Phoenix – to meet demand for e-commerce.

The integrator says e-commerce has changed the local landscape as it expands its capability for Saturday ground delivery and pickup service that began last month in Mesa and starts this Saturday, 3 June, in Phoenix. These Saturday services will continue to expand as the new Goodyear facility is completed.

The phased hub construction modifies a 618,000 square foot structure on 140 acres in the PV303 Development. A portion of the building is expected to begin operating later this year in time for the busy holiday season to provide additional processing and efficient automated sorting capacity for lightweight small packages typical of e-commerce that are moving throughout Arizona and the Southwest.

With its planned completion in late 2019, the new facility will showcase more than 970,000 square feet of advanced operational technologies and sortation equipment under roof and bring more than 1,500 jobs to the Goodyear area.

UPS president of its Desert Mountain district that includes Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah, Ken Cherry says: “UPS is a leader in operational efficiency and flexibility and is quick to adapt the UPS® network to changing needs of shippers and consumers. We’re investing for growth and to give opportunity to our people to build skills for tomorrow’s economy.”

In each of the next three years, processing capacity is expected to increase as the Goodyear site build-out includes infrastructure for alternative fuels, a UPS Customer Center and local route dispatch for the familiar brown package delivery trucks.

The UPS investment of more than $180 million is part of increased capital commitment globally to match growth with an agile and efficient transportation, processing and information network across the supply chain.

Today, more than 5,100 UPS employees in Arizona provide package delivery, ground freight, air gateway operations, freight forwarding and contract logistics services.