Next-day demand drives improved revenues at UPS

UPS saw both revenues and net profits increase during the third quarter of the year as air volumes continued to grow.

The package firm reported third-quarter revenues improve by 5% year on year to $18.3bn, while net income was up 16% to $1.7bn.

The US domestic and international segments performed “exceptionally well year-over-year, with volume gains across all products”.

UPS chairman and chief executive David Abney said: “Our results reflect significant progress from our transformation initiatives, and our ability to generate growth and deliver increased efficiencies in a dynamic economic environment.

“As we recently announced, we continue to forge new partnerships and create innovative solutions to accelerate growth in the most attractive opportunities.”

The US domestic segment saw third-quarter revenue increase 9.7% to $11.4bn and operating profits improved by 28.1% to $1.2bn.

The segment saw total volume across all products grew more than 9%, with next day air up nearly 24%; deferred air improved more than 17% and ground volume rose nearly 7%. 

Growth came from both B2C and B2B shippers, led by the retail, healthcare and high-tech sectors.

The international business saw third-quarter revenues improve by 0.5% on a year earlier to $3.5bn and operating profit was up 26% to $667m.

International saw export volume growth on intra-European trade lanes and virtually all Asia trade lanes except Asia-US.

“The International segment reported strong operating profit and expanded operating margin,” UPS said. “The company’s performance is the result of a number of items in the quarter, including strong cost control, good execution and targeted domestic and export growth.”

Finally, its supply chain and freight segment saw revenues decline by 4.5% – due to trade uncertainties – to $3.4m and operating profit was down 1.2% year on year to $245m.

The Supply Chain and Freight segment’s performance was driven by small and medium-sized customers that generate higher-quality revenue, as well as cost management actions throughout the network.

Meanwhile, the company also announced that Jim Barber, UPS chief operating officer (COO), will retire at the end of December 2019.

As UPS COO, Barber is responsible for the company’s global small package, freight, supply chain and freight forwarding units and global engineering.

Serving UPS for nearly 35 years, he joined the company as a delivery driver in 1985 and rose through positions of increasing responsibility.

Share this story

Related Topics

Latest americas news

Textron Aviation turboprop combi option makes the cut

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved Textron Aviation’s Combi interior kit for its Cessna SkyCourier aircraft that will allow…

Read More

Share this story

Mesa Airlines stops 737F operations for DHL Express

US regional air carrier Mesa Airlines has stopped providing air cargo services for DHL due to a “reduction in cargo…

Read More

Share this story

Levu Air Cargo scores Latin American first with A321F partnership

Levu Air Cargo will lease an Airbus A321 freighter from SmartLynx Airlines to become the first carrier in Latin America…

Read More

Share this story

Damian Brett

Damian Brett
I have been writing about the freight and logistics industry since 2007 when I joined International Freighting Weekly to cover the shipping sector.After a stint in PR, I have gone on to work for Containerisation International and Lloyds List - where I was editor of container shipping - before joining Air Cargo News in 2015.Contact me on [email protected]