United Parcel Service Inc. agreed to buy Coyote Logistics from private-equity firm Warburg Pincus for $1.8 billion to expand in truckload freight and help ease peak- season congestion.

Acquiring a freight broker such as Coyote, which doesn’t have its own vehicles, is a departure for Atlanta-based UPS. The world’s largest package-delivery company operates a fleet of 100,000 vehicles spanning trucks to motorcycles.

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