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UPS Adds Saturday Deliveries to Meet Online Shopping Demand

  • Courier catches up with rivals in beefing up weekend services
  • About 4,700 cities and towns to gain coverage by November
United Parcel Service Inc. drivers deliver packages in New York.
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United Parcel Service Inc. will add Saturday ground deliveries, making one of the biggest shipping-time changes in its 109-year history in response to rising demand from online shoppers.

Homes and businesses will no longer have to wait until Monday to receive packages, while online and brick-and-mortar retailers can send goods on Saturday for Monday delivery. The expansion of a test program begun last year will eventually add 6,000 jobs, Atlanta-based UPS said in a statement Monday.