UPS has opened a new “super hub” in Atlanta, its second largest ground packaging facility in the US.
Measuring a spacious 1.2 million square feet, the facility will sort 100,000 parcels per hour and create 3,000 new jobs in Georgia state.
One of the emphases at the facility is new technology for scanning and sorting parcels, using data-driven tools to improve efficiency.
“UPS is installing high-tech systems that make our network more flexible, more resilient, and more anticipatory,” said George Willis, President of US Operations. “Atlanta is home to the largest of a new class of sortation centers, or super hubs, which enable us to optimize how we move shipments through a precisely managed network of more than 1,000 small package operating facilities in the United States.”
Atlanta has been the home of UPS’ headquarters for more than 25 years. The new hub will serve mainly the southeastern states, while new facilities are also opening in Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas; Phoenix, Arizona; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Indianapolis, Indiana. Comparable automated hubs already exist in Louiseville, Kentucky, and in Chicago.
“The new regional hubs incorporate advanced package processing technologies with proprietary network planning software that efficiently integrates UPS air and ground operations across the U.S. and around the globe,” said Willis.
“These super hubs create more options for how packages are transported along the way to their final destinations. If a surge in package volume could overload one sorting facility, we can redirect volume to other transportation modes and sortation facilities to avoid delays.”