Though the company does not yet have a specific number of those who will be involved in the Supply Chain Solutions (SCS) actions, there is no question that there will be a net reduction in the workforce. Susan Rosenberg, a UPS spokesperson, explains that those involved are in management, administrative and technical operations. Those handling pick-and-pack and other distribution work of that nature aren’t expected to be touched by these moves.
This is an on-going process, explains Rosenberg. “Some people may be notified over the next few weeks,” she notes, “although they may have some projects that will permit them to remain their current positions to complete or that go through another 45 to 60 days before wrapping up.”
Already this year, UPS has made some moves to streamline operations. In freight forwarding it closed a facility in Dayton, Ohio--part of the acquisition in its purchase of Menlo Forwarding--and it expanded the UPS Worldport freight hub as well as five other regional freight hubs. “So that’s gone on,” continues Rosenberg, “and there’s been a shifting in people associated with those moves.”
At the same time, the company has made some changes in its back end technology platforms to make for more efficient freight processing and streamlined visibility.
th. “I think that towards the end of the month we’ll have a better idea on what the net numbers are,” she says, “Although all of this won’t be completed until the end of the year.”