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UPS outlines iPhone launch operation in Louisville, Kentucky

US express delivery giant United Parcel Service (UPS) has outlined the steps it took at its WorldPort hub in order to prepare for the launch of the new Apple iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPad Air, reports London's Air Cargo News

03 November 2020 - 19:00

US express delivery giant United Parcel Service (UPS) has outlined the steps it took at its WorldPort hub in order to prepare for the launch of the new Apple iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPad Air, reports London's Air Cargo News.

WorldPort, the company's global air hub in Louisville, Kentucky, and the company's airline are expected to play a crucial role in the launch.



UPS Airlines and charter cargo jets transported the phone shipments to the hub by allowing them to be prepositioned before US launch day.



'On October 22, the day before the launch, package handlers at Worldport unloaded hundreds of thousands of shipments onto conveyor belts for sorting throughout the facility,' said UPS.



'They included both single devices destined for customers and larger shipments of phones to Apple Stores and other retailers. Scanners read the smart label on each package, routing it automatically via 155 miles of conveyor belts to an outbound chute, where they were placed in containers for loading onto outbound UPS flights headed for destinations across the US,' said UPS.



The project also includes Global Freight Forwarding, UPS airlines, and small package ground delivery.



'It's a big launch, it's a lot of package volume, which is why we have the special sort dedicated just to Apple shipments. We add additional employees to our small package sort, giving us the capability to support this launch,' said Worldport second day air hub manager Garry Kelley.


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