UPS more than triples the size of its sortation and distribution hub at Louisville Kentucky, nearly doubling package sorting capacity at the facility.
The multi-phase expansion of its Louisville Centennial ground package sortation and distribution facility increases it to over 92,900 sqm. The faciality handles express service packages routed to UPS’s nearby Worldport air hub at Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport (SDF).
“Tripling the size of our Centennial hub provides companies with distribution centres and operations in Kentucky and the surrounding areas with more opportunities to better serve their customers,” says Joe Boyle, president of UPS’s Ohio Valley District.
“UPS is grateful for the strong relationship we have built with the city of Louisville and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. And we appreciate the Louisville Renaissance Zone Corporation’s support in making this a successful project. It’s an exciting time to be a partner in the economic growth of this region,” he says.
The Louisville super hub’s strategic proximity to UPS’s Worldport air hub at Louisville International Airport supports end-of-runway express services like UPS Next Day Air and UPS eFulfillment that many e-commerce companies demand, the company says. The Centennial hub can insert packages into UPS’s air operations as late as 1:30 am for delivery across the country the same day.
The expanded facility can process approximately 85,000 packages per hour via nearly 40 km of conveyors using highly automated processing equipment. Six-sided laser label decode tunnels will rapidly capture package information from address labels.
High speed label applicators will place UPS ‘smart labels’ on packages at a rate of three per second, providing UPS personnel instructions for proper routing and loading into waiting trailers headed to destinations across the country, or into package delivery vehicles bound for Louisville-area businesses and residents.
“Super hubs” like Centennial increase the speed and flexibility of packages moving through UPS’s smart global logistics network. They also have a significantly higher package processing capacity than most other package operations facilities.
The Louisville hub expansion project is part of a multi-year UPS investment plan to modernise and expand the company’s global network, including addition of several new facilities and acquisition of new cargo aircraft.
In November 2018, UPS also opened a new package delivery facility in Richwood, Kentucky to serve the rapidly growing business and residential demand in the surrounding area that includes Cincinnati, Ohio.
Both facilities utilise UPS’s proprietary network planning software that integrates UPS’s air and ground operations across the US and around the globe. The technology enables UPS to more efficiently manage spikes in shipping volume and severe weather.