UPS flies high with be­spoke of­fer­ings

Be­ing known as the cen­ter­piece of Euro­pean ex­press net­work and one of the most ad­vanced sort­ing fa­cil­i­ties in the world, UPS has more to of­fer, shares Martina Biron-Karp, Tour Guide, UPS Wel­come Cen­ter Cologne/Bonn Air­port.

Cargo Talk - - International - KALPANA LOHUMI FROM COLOGNE

How does the Cologne/Bonn fa­cil­ity serves as an in­ter­na­tional lo­gis­tics hub for both ma­jor multi-na­tion­als and SMEs in Europe?

The state-of-theart fa­cil­ity fea­tures ap­prox­i­mately 105,000 square me­ters (1,130,000 square feet) of op­er­at­ing area and has a pack­age sort­ing ca­pac­ity of 190,000 pack­ages per hour - or around 53 pack­ages per sec­ond. Au­to­mated tech­nol­ogy en­sures the hub’s ef­fi­ciency and pro­cess­ing re­li­a­bil­ity. The con­veyor sys­tem cov­ers a dis­tance of about 40 kilo­me­ters (24 miles), with a pack­age tak­ing an av­er­age of just 15 min­utes to move through the hub from un­load to load point. The hub helps UPS cus­tomers to suc­cess­fully com­pete and do busi­ness on the im­por­tant trad­ing lanes within Europe and link­ing Europe to North Amer­ica and Asia in an era when free trade agree­ments on the hori­zon prom­ise growth for busi­ness of any size.

Why UPS has cho­sen Cologne/Bonn for its Euro­pean air hub?

On ac­count of its ex­cel­lent lo­ca­tion at the heart of Europe’s most pro­duc­tive eco­nomic region, the area has well de­vel­oped road net­work and in­fra­struc­ture, the good lo­cal weather con­di­tions for year-round flight op­er­a­tions, the air­port’s ex­cel­lent run­way sys­tem and its prox­im­ity to a skilled and flex­i­ble work­force.

Th­ese con­di­tions have not changed since the hub’s in­cep­tion in 1986 as it re­mains the main Euro­pean gate­way in an in­ter­na­tional net­work that in­cludes the UPS World­port in Louisville, Ken­tucky, and Asian hubs in Shang­hai, Shen­zhen and Hong Kong. UPS have ex­panded the air hub fa­cil­i­ties twice in 2006 and 2014, in­vest­ing US$335 mil­lion in the last decade. The lat­est ex­pan­sion in 2014 con­sti­tutes UPS’s largest fa­cil­ity in­vest­ment out­side the United States in the com­pany’s his­tory.

Please en­lighten UPS Euro­pean air hub fea­tures.

Each night, 41 flights ar­rive and de­part the Euro­pean Hub, link­ing Europe with the Amer­i­cas, Asia and other Euro­pean desti­na­tions in a mat­ter of hours. The fa­cil­ity has three in­de­pen­dent sort­ing sys­tems, one for each reg­u­lar pack­ages, ‘small’ (en­velopes) and ‘ir­reg­u­lars’ (odd shaped/heavy) ship­ments. Au­to­mated tech­nol­ogy en­sures the hub’s ef­fi­ciency and pro­cess­ing re­li­a­bil­ity, which can cur­rently sort 190,000 pack­ages per hour (or more than 53 pack­ages per sec­ond) with a pos­si­bil­ity to ex­pand sort­ing ca­pac­ity to 165,000 pack­ages per hour in the fu­ture.

Us­ing a be­spoke scan­ning and sort­ing sys­tem, 40 km of con­veyer belts sort the pack­ages by size and des­ti­na­tion us­ing bar code in­for­ma­tion dis­played on each way bill to send them au­to­mat­i­cally to­wards the cor­rect bag­ging or col­lec­tion point.

Martina Biron-Karp Tour Guide UPS Wel­come Cen­ter Cologne/Bonn Air­port

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