American company UPS recently broke ground for a package sorting and delivery center in Tuchoměřice near Prague. The facility, near Vaclav Havel Airport, will be located in a key economic region of the Czech Republic, where small and large companies are turning to exports to grow their businesses.
“Prague and Středočeský Kraj are the Czech Republic’s leading export regions, with companies active in the industrial manufacturing, retail and high-tech sectors. Many of these are small businesses, and this new facility will allow us to more efficiently connect our customers to export opportunities through UPS’s smart global logistics network,” said Marcin Krzak, country manager, UPS Czech Republic.
In the last quarter of last year, the company recorded a 5% increase in export shipments in the Czech Republic.
The Prague center, scheduled to open at the beginning of 2020, will have an operating area of nearly 9,000 square meters and a sorting capacity of 5,000 packages per hour, which five times more than the building it replaces in Ruzyně. The new facility will also bring package, freight and supply chain services as well as the headquarters of UPS Czech Republic, Slovakia and Ukraine under one roof.
The new facility is part of the company’s multi-year, $2 billion European investment plan, which aims to modernize and expand the UPS network across the continent. As a result of these and other investments, customers can now reach more than 80% of Europe’s population within two business days using UPS Standard, UPS’s most economical ground-based service.
UPS, which has been offering its service in the Czech Republic since 1992, currently employs more than 430 people and operates eight facilities across the country, which is also home to the UPS East and Central Europe headquarters