UPS has announced the construction of a new package distribution facility in the Austin area of Texas, US. The package processing facility is expected to include automated sorting systems and house approximately 300 UPS delivery vehicles. UPS is due to invest more than $70m on the project.
Craig Wiltz, president of UPS’s Red River District, said, “UPS is focused on helping our customers in Texas and around the world solve their logistics problems.” Wiltz added, “This new facility in Round Rock will provide additional pickup and delivery service to UPS customers throughout the area so they can focus on growing their business.”
The building’s automated sorting systems are designed to move packages through the sort process capturing package data and routing volume to proper load positions. Six-sided decode tunnels are expected to capture package information from address labels. Label applicators are to place ‘smart labels’ on packages for local delivery, providing UPS loaders faster instruction of proper loading versus conventional systems.
The building’s footprint is expected to be roughly 225,000 sq ft sitting on approximately 50 acres of land. The facility’s team is planned to provide pickup and delivery services to UPS customers in the greater Austin area. In 2014, UPS also announced two new distribution facilities in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and the expansion of its distribution and sorting facility in San Antonio earlier this month. The Round Rock building is expected to open at the end of 2018.