Weekend deliveries have become an important aspect of eCommerce. Since Amazon began offering Saturday and Sunday delivery, conventional carriers such as UPS have had to keep up.
And, as customers continue to expect more from stores, businesses should provide a variety of fast, easy delivery options.
Enter UPS Saturday delivery. All major courier firms now provide delivery services outside of usual business hours. UPS Saturday and Sunday delivery services are assisting the carrier in expanding its operations.
Here’s how to use UPS to deliver on weekends.
Does UPS Deliver on Sunday and Saturday?
Many of the carrier’s mailing services now provide Saturday delivery. One such example is the UPS® Ground service, which transports packages across the United States.
Most UPS courier services, such as UPS® Ground and UPS 3 Day Select®, provide free Saturday delivery. Saturday pickup services debuted in 2019 and have since expanded to 122 countries.
UPS Saturday Delivery Cost
Saturday delivery is an added bonus for UPS. The Saturday delivery price is $4 per box for ground commercial delivery packages (in addition to the standard rate for your product).
The delivery price for a non-ground residential service, such as UPS 2nd Day Air®, is $16.
UPS Saturday Delivery Services
Saturday delivery is available for a few popular UPS delivery services, including:
- UPS Next Day Air® Early
- UPS Next Day Air®
- UPS 2nd Day Air®
- UPS 3 Day Select®
- UPS® Ground
- UPS Worldwide Express
- UPS Worldwide Express®
- UPS Worldwide Express Freight®
Saturday delivery options are available in major US metropolitan areas as well as from international locations via UPS Worldwide Express® shipments into the US.
International services shipping to the United States from outside the country must include a Saturday Delivery label.
The UPS Store® Hours For Saturday
On Saturday, UPS Stores are open from 9 am to 5 pm. UPS Stores are franchisees, which means they can set their hours. Before going in on Saturday, double-check the hours of operation at your local UPS Store.
Does UPS Deliver on Sunday?
UPS does not deliver on Sundays under usual circumstances. However, UPS can be scheduled to run on Sunday.
For time-sensitive shipments, you can use their Express Critical Care Packages service, which is a domestic US service you can request.
UPS Express Critical® for Sunday Delivery
UPS Critical® is the only way for UPS to deliver shipments on Sunday. You can deliver to anywhere in the United States or Puerto Rico on Sunday for an additional cost that varies by package.
Are UPS Stores® Open on Sunday?
In general, yes. UPS Stores® typically retain shorter hours on Sundays, such as 11 AM- 4 PM. UPS Stores® are franchises, which means they can determine their own hours.
Check the hours of operation at your local UPS Store before going in on Sunday.
How Do I Have My UPS Shipment Delivered on Saturday?
If your package qualifies for Saturday delivery, the option will appear as you fill out the shipment information on the UPS website.
When using the UPS My Choice Application, recipients can select an alternate delivery date, including Saturdays, if eligible.
Packages can be picked up at a UPS Access Point (which is found throughout the United States and in all major cities) during operation hours, which often offer longer weekend hours.
What Kinds of Packages Does UPS Deliver on Saturday?
If a shipment is destined for one of over 100 metro regions and is classified as Ground with a delivery period of 1 to 3 days, UPS will deliver on Saturday for no additional charge.
When specified areas are selected, UPS will also provide business delivery and car pickup services.