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United Parcel Service Inc.
) is the world's largest package delivery
company, delivering more than 14 million packages a day to more than 200 countries around the world. It has recently expanded its operations to include logistics
and other transportation-related areas. It is headquartered in Sandy Springs, Georgia
UPS is well-known for its brown
trucks, internally known as package cars (hence the company nickname "The Big Brown Machine", and sometimes, because of its NASCAR
-related commercials, "The #88 Car"). The brown color that UPS uses on its vehicles and uniforms is called UPS brown
, which was chosen because it is the same color that that was used on Pullman
railroad sleeper cars, and was seen as professional and elegant. UPS has trademark
ed the color brown, which prevents other delivery companies from using it as part of their brand. UPS also operates its own airline
[http://www.airlinecodes.co.uk/ Airline Codes]
based in Louisville, Kentucky
In April 2003
, UPS unveiled the new logo, replacing the iconic package and shield originally designed in 1961
by Paul Rand
. It also shortened its name from "United Parcel Service" to simply "UPS".
Major competitors include United States Postal Service
, and DHL
. Historically, UPS only faced competition from USPS for the inexpensive ground-based delivery market. However, in 2000
FedEx expanded into the ground market by acquiring RPS
(originally Roadway Package System) and rebranding it as FedEx Ground
. In addition, in 2003
DHL acquired Airborne Express
. This acquisition significantly increases DHL's presence in the U.S.
which will add more competition to the ground delivery market.
UPS entered the heavy freight
business with its purchase of Menlo Worldwide Forwarding
, a former subsidiary of Menlo Worldwide
. The purchase was announced on December 20
; the price was US$150 million and the assumption of US$110 million in long-term debt. Menlo Worldwide was the successor of Emery Worldwide
. Emery was grounded on August 13
after a DC-8-71F
crashed in Northern California
On August 5
UPS announced that it had completed its acquisition of Overnite Transportation
for US$1.25 billion. This was approved by the FTC
and Overnite shareholders on August 4
. On April 28
, Overnite officially became UPS Freight.
UPS also owns Mail Boxes Etc.
The UPS Store and Mail Boxes Etc. retail shops
, 19-year-old Jim Casey
founded the American Messenger Company
in Seattle, Washington
with $100 borrowed from a friend. In 1913
, Jim Casey and Evert McCabe
agreed to merge. Merchants Parcel Delivery
was formed and focused on packages. In 1919
, the company expanded beyond Seattle
and changed their name to United Parcel Service
: The first delivery car appeared, a Model T Ford
. Merged with a competitor, Evert McCabe, and formed Merchants Parcel Delivery. Consolidated delivery was also introduced, combining packages addressed to a certain neighborhood onto one delivery vehicle.
: A new member was recruited, Charles W. Soderstrom
, who helped manage their ever-growing fleet of delivery vehicles.
: Service expanded into Oakland, California
. The name United Parcel Service was adopted.
: A consolidated service began in New York
, and soon after began operations in other major cities in the east and midwest. First mechanical system for package sorting. Accountant George D. Smith joined the company. The name United Parcel Service was adopted all over the country. All UPS vehicles were then painted the familiar Pullman brown, chosen because it is neat, dignified, and professional.
: Services were expanded by acquiring "common carrier"
rights to deliver packages between all addresses, any customer, private and commercial.thumb|right|250px|UPS Boat on Venice
">[Canal Grande, Venice
: The Blue Air Label began service in Toronto
, Canada (YYZ)
: Blue Label Air
: UPS began servicing all of the 48 contiguous states
of the USA.
: UPS established itself in Europe
with a domestic operation in West Germany
. Blue Label Air.
: UPS Next-Day Air
Service is offered in the US and Blue Label Air becomes UPS 2nd Day Air Service.
UPS's Political Action Committee has been the most generous corporate giver to federal
candidates for every U.S. election since 1992
, donating a total of $14 million through December 31
according to Federal Election Commission
On October 3
, UPS in the United Kingdom
completed the purchase of LYNX Express Ltd, one of the UK's largest independent parcel carriers, for £
55.5 million (US$97.1 million) after having received approval for the transaction from the European Commission
. The first joint package car centre operation, in Dartford
, east London
, was opened during mid-2006. Dartford Centre carries the SLIC GB1330.
UPS also recently partnered with competitor USPS in offering UPS Mail Innovations, a program that allows UPS to pick up mail and transfer it to a USPS center for final distribution. http://www.upsmailinnovations.com/
On April 20
, UPS reported earnings per diluted share of $0.89, up 14.1% over the previous year. Results were driven by a 9% increase in global small package volume or 1.24 million packages per day, outpacing worldwide market growth.
The UPS delivery driver uniform is one of the most recognized symbols of corporate America
. It consists of a brown short- or long-sleeve button-up shirt or blouse with a pointed collar, two front pockets
, and the company logo above the left pocket. The shirt is worn with a pair of brown pants
or shorts. When pants are worn, the shirttail is tucked in. All buttons, with the exception of the one on the collar, are fastened. The short-sleeve shirt can be worn with either the shorts or the pants. The long-sleeve shirt is worn exclusively with the pants.
* AAR Reporting Marks
: UPOZ, UPST, UPSZ, UPWZ
* Intermodal Reporting Marks
: UPSU, FSTU, UPSC
UPS employs approximately 407,200 staff, with 348,400 in the U.S. and 58,800 internationally.
–1962 James E. Casey
–1972 George D. Smith
–1973 Paul Oberkotter
–1980 Harold Oberkotter
–1984 George Lamb
–1990 John W. Rogers
–1997 Kent C. "Oz" Nelson
–2001 James P. "Jim" Kelly
–Present Michael L. "Mike" Eskew
System designthumb|right|250px|UPS package cars
UPS's Parcel Network is based on a hub and spoke model
. UPS operates centers
which feed parcels to hubs where parcels are sorted and forwarded to their destinations. Centers typically are the point of entry for parcels and send the parcels to one or more hubs. A hub is a location where many centers send packages to be sorted and sent back out to other centers or hubs. For example, a parcel being shipped from Wilmington, NC
to San Francisco, CA
is picked up by a driver and taken to the 23rd street center in Wilmington, where it is loaded on a trailer and driven to Raleigh, NC. At Raleigh, the package would join packages from all over North Carolina and be forwarded to the Chicago Area Consolidated Hub
in Hodgkins, Illinois
. After arriving there, it would be loaded onto a trailer
and sent by rail (trailer on flat car in most cases) to North Bay, CA
where it would then be forwarded to the delivery center, loaded onto the delivery vehicle, and transported to its final destination.
UPS Airlines Fleetthumb|right|250px|UPS Airbus A300F4-622R
Employees : 18,138
Aircraft Fleet (As of August 2006
[Flight International, 3-9 October 2006]
|| A300-600R || align="center"|52
|| A380-800F || align="center"|(10 on order)
|727-100C || align="center"|5
|727-100F || align="center"|28
|747-100F || align="center"|7
|747-200F || align="center"|4
|747-400 || align="center"|(8 on order)
|| 757-200PF || align="center"|75
|| | 767-300ERF || align="center"|32
|DC-8-71CF || align="center"|9
|DC-8-71F || align="center"|11
|DC-8-73F || align="center"|8
|rowspan="2"|McDonnell Douglas MD-11
|MD-11 || align="center"|9
|MD-11F || align="center"|22
UPS Airlines has ordered ten Airbus A380
freighters and has options on ten more. As part of the deal it is reducing an existing commitment for ninety Airbus A300 freighters to fifty three, fifty two of which are now in service.
[http://www.pressroom.ups.com/pressreleases/current/0,1088,4503,00.html A380 order]
UPS Airlines will receive the A380 aircraft between 2009
[Airliner World, March 2005]
UPS has also ordered eight Boeing 747-400
freighters to increase capacity on its major "trunk" routes to Europe, Asia, and North America. These are expected to be delivered in June 2007 and go on through 2008.
[UPS press release, 17 August 2005]
Most UPS Airlines flights go through the UPS Worldport
at Louisville International Airport
Future Possible Aircraft Order
UPS is looking to order Boeing
777 freighters.Citation UPS can use these planes to extend their operation and/or replace aircraft that are less fuel efficient.
United Parcel Service is not without unhappy customers due to alleged incidents of mishandling of packages or difficulty making insurance claims
for packages lost or damaged. Several unhappy customers have gone so far as to dedicate entire websites to their complaints about the company. A (former) customer from Michigan
created a site called United Package Smashers
that allows others to post their experiences. Other customers have chosen to post only their own complaints, for example http://www.rossde.com/UPS_sucks/index.html A Shipment to My Daughter
. Still others have used consumer feedback sites
like http://www.epinions.com/Shipping--reviews--brand_ups Epinions.com
to register their unhappiness.
In addition, several hundred storeowners of both unrebranded Mail Boxes Etc.
and UPS stores are currently in litigation
with their franchisor, UPS, over disputes surrounding the rebranding. Most claim that UPS bought the franchise to enrich UPS at the expense of the storeowners. A motion to dismiss
the charges was denied, and the lawsuits continue forward. Citation
driver Dale Jarrett
has appeared in UPS commercials
, and his No. 88 Ford Fusion
is sponsored by the company. In most of the commercials, UPS employees (and sometimes his father, Ned Jarrett
, kids in the shopping mall where Jarrett is shopping, and well-known celebrities) constantly ask Jarrett to race their trucks, and one new ad features all company trucks being replaced by copycats of his Ford, complete with the No. 88 and UPS logo.
* UPS delivered four whale sharks
to the Georgia Aquarium
* UPS recently announced that it will continue its relationship with Dale Jarrett by moving with him to Michael Waltrip Racing
, racing Toyota Camrys in 2007. There was some speculation that UPS wanted to stay with Robert Yates Racing
and hire a young driver to compete with competitor FedEx
driver Denny Hamlin
* UPS's total United Way
contribution of more than $57.3 million sets a new national record.
* UPS Brown is a trademark of the company.
* UPS Brown is often erroneously referred to as Pantone
color 0607298. 0607298 is not a valid Pantone number. Citation
* UPS inspired the off-Broadway musical Romance on Wheels
during World War II
* The body design of the "package cars" is unique to UPS, and the cars are only operated by them. Retired cars are scrapped and dismantled, and never sold for reuse. The manufacturer's name, Grumman-Olson
, is not displayed on the outside of the car.
* List of United Parcel Service hubs
* Worldport (UPS air hub)
— the new, square barcode-like symbols appearing on UPS packages
* Charles McKinley
* http://www.ups.com/ UPS corporate website, shipping, tracking, service information
* http://www.pinsanity.com/ Pinsanity.com — The first internet source of UPS Lapel pins & Collectibles
* http://www.remote.ups.com/ UPS Remote VPN Access — Requires RSA Token
* http://biz.yahoo.com/ic/40/40483.html Yahoo! — United Parcel Service, Inc. Company Profile
* http://browncafe.com/ Brown Cafe — Information and resources for UPS employees, retirees and shareowners. Not sponsored or endorsed by United Parcel Service
* http://ask.yahoo.com/20050913.html Ask Yahoo!: Who manufactures the brown UPS trucks?
* http://www.upsers.com/ UPSers — Resource for UPS Employees
* http://www.talkbrown.com Talkbrown.com
* http://www.racing.ups.com UPS Racing
* http://www.accuracyproject.org/shippingholidays.html U.S. Mail holidays - UPS holidays - FedEx holidays - Internet Accuracy Project
* http://www.treehugger.com/files/2006/06/ups_hydraulic.php UPS’s New Hydraulic Hybrid Available For Test Ride In NYC
*FleetOwner News http://fleetowner.com/news/ups_freight_visibility_integrate_technology_system_track_090706/ UPS ups freight visibility
Retrieved September 12
*Trains News Wire (May 17
), http://www.trains.com/Content/Dynamic/Articles/000/000/005/929cbkwg.asp UPS to buy Overnite trucking company
. Retrieved May 18
*SmartMoney Magazine (Nov 11
), http://www.smartmoney.com/10things/index.cfm?story=20031111 10 Things Your Delivery Service Won't Tell You
. Retrieved May 24
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