UPS to expand Saturday shipping to 5,800 cities; 6,000 new jobs slated

Nothing is quite as iconic as the brown packaging (and corresponding employee uniforms) that comes synonymously with the UPS name.

And though sending a package via UPS is reliable and consistent, it can sometimes be inconvenient — The company infamously follows a policy of no packages being delivered over the weekend.

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But in a classic case of 'better late than never', it looks like UPS is following suit with competitors like FedEx and the USPS: UPS will now be delivering packages on Saturdays.

And what's even better is that more delivery hours means more people that need to be working those hours which will create new jobs for the company — it's estimated that nearly 6,000 jobs will open for the company by the end of next year.

Teresa Finley, UPS's chief marketing officer, said in a statement:

"The addition of another ground operations day more efficiently utilizes our existing delivery network and offers customers an even faster ground delivery solution."

The company began experimenting with Saturday delivery in 2016 in three markets: Atlanta, Philadelphia and Los Angeles.

UPS reported in an official statement that new Saturday shipping will expand to 15 major areas this month and is expected to roll out in nearly 4,700 U.S. cities by "the holiday shopping season", with 5,800 cities and towns enrolled by the end of 2018.

These areas will be broadened and expanded upon in the coming months, in addition to these 15 markets:

Indianapolis-Carmel, IN MSA

St. Louis, MO-IL MSA Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX MSA

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL MSA

San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA MSA

Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH MSA

New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA MSA

Syracuse, NY MSA

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA MSA

Pittsburgh, PA MSA

Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY MSA

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI MSA

Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO MSA

Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI MSA

Knoxville, TN MSA

RELATED: 14 Amazon shopping hacks

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14 Amazon shopping hacks

1. Cash in Those Gift Cards

You probably have Visa or MasterCard gift cards laying around with balances too low to shop with. Instead of leaving them in a drawer, transfer the balances (50 cents or above) to Amazon. It’s a wee bit tricky, but here’s how to do it: Proceed as if you were buying an Amazon gift card (or click on “Reload Your Balance”), choose “enter amount” instead of clicking on one of the set quantity boxes, and enter the gift card account number as the payment method. Bingo — you now have Amazon credit to shop with.

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3. Don’t Ignore Warehouse Deals …

If you turn up your nose at the open-box and pre-owned items in Amazon’s Warehouse Deals section, you may be missing out on a great bargain. The discounts can be substantial, and you have 30 days to decide whether what you’ve received is a keeper.

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4. … or Amazon’s Outlet

The Outlet is kind of like the clearance rack in your favorite store. It’s hit or miss, but these are items that Amazon is trying to clear out, so the discounts can be great (from 20% to 80%).

5. Enroll in Prime Student

If you’re in school, enjoy free two-day shipping for six months through the Prime Student program. If you want all the other benefits that come with Prime, you can then snag a Prime membership for 50% off after a six-month trial period.

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6. Give to Charity

Why not give back while you shop? Courtesy of AmazonSmile, 0.5% of eligible Amazon Prime purchases can be donated to the participating charity or school of your choice.

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7. Fill ‘Er Up

If you are not a Prime member, sometimes it’s a challenge to get your order to that $35 free shipping threshold without going way over. The Filler Item finder provides low-cost suggestions to help you get there.

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8. Hold Onto Damaged Merchandise

If something you’ve ordered arrives in less-than-perfect condition, Amazon will replace it through their Online Returns Center and may not require you to send it back, especially if it’s inexpensive. And if the item is salvageable, you’ve scored! Let’s say you receive a bottle of household cleaner with a faulty pump. You can just hang on to it and switch the pump once you’ve finished the replacement.

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9. Join Amazon Family 

Expecting moms and parents who are also Amazon Prime members can get 20% off Subscribe & Save diapers with the Amazon Family program. There’s also a 15% discount on all baby registry gifts within 60 days of your due date.

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10. Take Advantage of Late Deliveries

You usually get your packages on time with your Prime Membership, but if there’s a time that you don’t, let them know. It’s very likely they will offer you something, like a credit to your account or an extension of your Prime membership.

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11. Try Subscribe & Save

Subscribe & Save users can receive up to 15% off their items and free shipping. I use Subscribe & Save for my toilet paper, paper towels and a few different vitamins, and the price is definitely right. Before subscribing, do your homework and compare prices with your price club and grocery/drug stores. I like how you can specify when you want items to ship, so your essentials arrive right when you need them. One less thing to think about!

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12. Use Promo Codes & Coupons

Amazon does promo codes and coupons too. If you’re shopping for groceries on Amazon, be on the lookout for coupons and codes that can be applied to your purchase. They are typically on the main product page, and once you’ve clicked on them, they will appear in your cart.

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13. Save an Extra 5%

You may not feel like you need another credit card — and you may not — but with the Amazon Store Card, Prime Members can get 5% back on all purchases. Like other store cards, the annual percentage rate (APR) is not fabulous, so if you go for this card, plan to pay it off every month. Otherwise, the 5% reward will be meaningless.

(Not sure whether you can qualify for the credit card? You can view a free snapshot of your credit report, updated every two weeks, on

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14. Watch for Lower Prices

You may have noticed that Amazon has pretty fluid pricing. If you see that something you purchased sold by Amazon LLC has dropped in price, Amazon will usually honor the lower price by giving you a credit or gift card. Live chat seems to be a reliable way to get this done. A good way to keep track of Amazon pricing in general is with CamelCamelCamel price tracker.

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