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UPS to Acquire Roadie to Cater to Same-Day Delivery Demand

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United Parcel Service (UPS - Free Report) entered into an agreement to acquire Roadie, a platform offering local same-day delivery service to customers throughout the United States. The acquisition is aimed at meeting the increasing demand for speedy delivery services.

The transaction, expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2021, will help UPS cater to bulky and perishable shipments, which are presently not compatible with its network due to their inadequate packaging.

The Roadie technology platform is expected to boost as well as improve UPS’ existing small package capabilities.

Upon completion of the acquisition, Roadie will operate under the same name. UPS said that goods transported by Roadie will not cross into the UPS network, while packages transported by UPS will not cross into the Roadie network.

UPS, which is gaining from higher package delivery demand, recently announced that it expects to hire more than 100,000 seasonal employees to meet the anticipated surge in package volumes during the peak holiday season, which runs from October 2021 through January 2022. The company said that it is “filling full- and part-time seasonal positions – primarily package handlers, drivers, driver helpers and personal vehicle drivers – by offering competitive wages across multiple shifts in hundreds of locations across the country.”

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