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Ever since I was a little girl I remember watching the summer and winter Olympics with my family.  It helped me understand that with talent and a lot of hard work many athletes see their Olympic dreams come true.  Not only that, I learned the names of countries that I did not even know existed -Azerbaijan, Slovenia and Uruguay just to name a few.

UPS has been hard at work too.  We now electronically service even more customer’s global shipping needs on ups.com.  Our recent country technology expansion of our calculate transits times, rates, shipping and tracking applications to over 55 new countries will reduce manual processes previously in place.   

Here are a couple of ways UPS technology makes things at the Olympics run smoother.

London and the surrounding cities have been gearing up for the 2012 Olympics for years by bringing in the materials to make improvements and build new structures.   The progress for many of these shipments was monitored using Quantum View Manage which provided visibility to outbound, inbound and/or third party shipments.  This allowed these companies to assure that the appropriate staffing was on hand when the goods arrived.

I had the pleasure of working the Atlanta 1996 Olympics in the Material Handling department within the Olympic Village.  This is where athletes bring in their own equipment and other comforts from home to help them get ready for their sporting event.  Items from countries such as Bulgaria, Colombia, Indonesia, and South Africa will make their way to London by being processed quickly and conveniently through UPS Internet Shipping.

The world has become a smaller place through technology and UPS has just closed the gap even more.

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