This is the most aggressive Peak Season pricing strategy we have seen UPS take. It is geared towards E-Commerce / Residential Shippers and the goal seems to be to 2-fold:
1. Control the influx / flow of weekly package volume into the UPS network between Nov 15th 2020 - Jan 16th, 2021.
UPS is using Price to try and drive shippers' behavior to help them better control and manage Peak Season weekly package volume flow in their network. The 3 tier surcharge matrix in section F seems to be designed to control the rate of volume a shipper plans to tender to UPS each week during the peak Period and / or for shippers to spread package volume to other Parcel Carriers: USPS, FedEx, Ontrac, Lasership each week during the peak period.
2. UPS is going to make more $$$ in Peak 2020.
UPS and their new CEO, Carol Tome, know shippers are in a very tough situation due to COVID-19 and have to use Parcel Carriers to drive sales and get products to customers. She has said publicly that UPS needs to get smaller and charge more for their services.
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