The Roadie acquisition will expand UPS into same-day delivery and give shippers another speedy way to move goods to their customers. During an investor day presentation in June, UPS CEO Carol Tomé said the company was looking into ways to offer same day and said pilots were underway.
“Same day could be a network out of our network, in different products and different offerings,” Tomé said in June. It is the model UPS appears to be adopting with Roadie, as the two will maintain separate branding and fleets.
Roadie has grown since its founding in 2014. According to an August press release, the gig provider now has same-day delivery available to 90% of U.S. households and a network of more than 200,000 drivers, which will add a sizable presence to UPS’ network.Retail Dive