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Amelia Earhart Inspires Women Aviators at UPS

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Unless you’re an avid aviation enthusiast or an expert in history’s greatest mysteries, you probably didn’t know that Jan. 11 is Amelia Earhart Day. Declared thusly to honor the famous aviator who, on this day 76 years ago, became the first person to fly solo from Hawaii to California. Sadly, two years later in 1937, Earhart’s aircraft disappeared over the South Pacific on a voyage that was to be the first round-the-world flight piloted by a woman.

The fates of Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan still fascinate the public. Theories abound ranging from a crash landing in the ocean to more colorful explanations involving international government conspiracies. One thing is for sure, Ms. Earhart is revered as an inspiration for nearly eight decades of women who have made careers in aviation.

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For UPS, Diversity is Good Business

As a company with operations that touch nearly every country and territory in the world, diversity is part of our identity. Our employees and our customers hail from just about every walk of life.

So it makes sense that we would support diversity in our communities as well. UPS recently joined forces with the Greater Louisville Hispanic Latino Business Council (HLBC) and Greater Louisville International Professionals group to host a networking event for women- and minority-owned businesses in Louisville, Ky. The city is home to our airline and our 5.2 million square-foot international hub Worldport.

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For UPS and Tandem Sport, Small Business is just Good Business

At UPS, we love small businesses.They’re resourceful, flexible, innovative, and they give good customer service.To put it simply, small businesses are run by good people who care about what they do.These qualities are also at the core of our 103-year old business, so it makes sense to value them in our customers as well. After all, what’s not to love about a mother of four who’s turned a hobby into a bona fide successful business in the midst of its 21st year?

That hobby was volleyball and that mother was Anne Brown, the owner and operator of Tandem Sport, a premier sports medicine and equipment wholesaler based in Louisville, Ky.

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Meteorologist by Day, Avid Storm Chaser by Night

Well, sometimes by night, but mostly by day, too… Randy Baker’s passion is weather and he clearly is in the right line of work. He and a team of four other meteorologists forecast weather for UPS, helping us avoid service disruptions and keeping our customers happy.

A native of Lawrence, Kansas, where he grew up with a front row seat to the volatile spring weather of a central Plains state, the 20-year UPS veteran says he was bitten by the weather bug very early.

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Commitment to Cleaner Air Earns Award for UPS Airlines

At UPS Airlines, we work hard to reduce our impact on the environment by operating the most fuel-efficient fleet in the cargo industry and aggressively managing our aircraft operations.

Earlier this month, the Coalition for Clean Air recognized our airline with its 2010 California Air Quality Award in the category of Corporate Leadership.

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Aircraft Marshaller Keeps Planes Rolling in and out of UPS’s Busiest Hub

aircraft taxiRunning a successful airline means running a safe airline. Thousands of people around the world help ensure that UPS Airlines’ enviable safety record stays that way. One of those people is aircraft marshaller Rich McCoun.

The veteran marshaller works at the company’s all-points international air hub, Worldport, in Louisville, Ky. The massive hub has its own aircraft docking wings and handles some 226 in and outbound flights a day.

The middle school baseball coach and father of three has been with UPS for 25 years. His job is to make sure his planes are safely and efficiently directed to and from where they need to be.

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UPS Honors 2010 School-to-Work Graduates

Pride was in heavy supply one evening last week as 165 high school seniors and their loved ones gathered together at the University of Louisville for a celebration of sorts. The occasion? These hard working young people were graduating from this year’s UPS School-to-Work program.

With School-to-Work, high school seniors gain valuable work experience and earn college credits by working afternoon shifts as UPS package handlers and taking a college course twice a week in the UPS Training and Education Center located on UPS property.

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Lobsters and Flowers and Bears…Oh My!

Gift giving holidays are busy times at UPS and Valentine’s Day is no exception. Shipping volumes soar like Cupid’s arrows as customers send gifts of love, marking one of the carrier’s busiest times outside of the Christmas season, rivaled only by Mother’s Day.   Read More »

Expert Weather Forecasting Keeps UPS Shipments On Time

With a fleet that reaches virtually every nook and cranny of the world – over 200 countries and territories to be more precise – weather can foil even the best laid plans. That’s why UPS relies on the expertise of its around-the-clock meteorology team, recognized industry-wide for its innovative work in fog and aviation forecasting. The team’s skills are once again put to good use as a weekend storm is forecast to produce rain and snow throughout the Midwest and along the East Coast.

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UPS Hot Spares: On-Call Pilots to the Rescue

As the world’s largest package delivery company, UPS runs one of the most reliable operations around. With a fleet of 209 aircraft flying to over 200 countries and territories around the globe, issues occassionally arise with a plane or flight crew. When this happens, we rely on our “Hot Spares” program to recover stranded packages and maintain service to our customers. Read More »

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