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Soaking Up the Sun in Jersey
With New York City in the background, solar panels are installed at UPS’s Secaucus, NJ facility.

If I were to ask you which state is the real sunshine state, what would you say?  Florida? California? Try New Jersey…You got a problem with that?

UPS has four facilities in the U.S. that are outfitted with solar panels. Believe it or not, three of those facilities are in New Jersey. Yes, Jersey. The other one? Across the country in Palm Springs, California.

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Mirror Mirror on the Floor: Our New HHVs
UPS hydraulic hybrid vehicle

When I wanted to see what makes UPS’s new hydraulic hybrid vehicle (HHV) special, I just had to look down. At its ignition ceremony on October 11 in Laurel, MD marking the delivery of the HHVs, there were mirrors on the ground to reflect the image of the new package delivery truck’s energy-saving system. People could inspect this alternative fuel vehicle’s (AFV) workings up close without donning a pair of coveralls and sliding underneath. Personally, I was glad for that convenience.

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Going for the Cycle
cargo cruiser

When I was in Europe, I was initially taken back by how COMPACT the compact cars were. They seemed to fit in any parking space and could zip in and out traffic. Those small cars would definitely work in South Philly, but they didn’t seem to hold much. What’s a girl to do with a big shopping list in the Italian Market? Could there be something small with cargo space? And if I’m wishing, could it also be stylish and eco-friendly?

Well, hello Germany!

Downtown Dortmund has new wheels in its neighborhood. UPS Germany is conducting a pilot test of its electrically assisted cycle, known as the Cargo Cruiser. The trial will help determine if this alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) is an ecologically and economically viable choice for deliveries to urban areas.

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Emergency Care in the Air
shelterbox-kit

With a cholera outbreak bringing extra hardship to a region already battling civil unrest, drought and famine, UPS facilitated a third flight to the Sahel Region in Africa — and the second flight for Interaction, the largest alliance of United States-based international non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

The airlift served as a timely precursor to World Humanitarian Day on August 19 which is “a global celebration of people helping people” according to the United Nations website. This year’s theme, titled “I Was Here,” spotlights the dedication of humanitarian workers throughout the world.

map“When a humanitarian crisis occurs, logistics immediately becomes key to saving lives. This is the third movement of critical relief supplies to the Sahel Region of Africa that UPS has been involved in since April as there’s a lot of need,” said UPS International President Dan Brutto. “UPS’s role has been to make the shipments of our NGO partners more efficient by consolidating them and we’re honored to be able to help by providing that expertise.”  

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Humanitarian Flight to Sahel, the Sequel
Sahel relief flight

Godfather II. Spiderman II. Toy Story II. Sometimes sequels surpass expectations by being as good or even better than the original. My colleagues at UPS met the sequel challenge with flying colors. UPS’s second flight of humanitarian aid was delivered successfully to the Sahel region, where millions of people face dire hunger and living conditions due to severe drought and civil unrest.

Our April flight to Sahel was in support of UNICEF. This week’s airlift is the first consolidated flight carrying goods for multiple agencies and reflects our hopes to combine resources among charitable groups for more efficient delivery of supplies.

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Pulling Your Weight and Then Some: UPS Tug-A-Plane for United Way

After seeing the 13th Annual UPS United Way Tug-A-Plane in Columbia, SC, I think that pulling your weight has a whole new meaning. This tug-a-war competition on a humongous scale helped raise close to $10,000 for the United Way of the Midlands.

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Above Average? Isn’t Almost Everyone?

Can you imagine driving 70 years without an accident? No fender benders, no mailbox topplings, no intersection collisions, no icy slides into ditches, no distracted driving. No accidents at all. Not one. Ever.

The other day, two UPS drivers—Rudy Morgan and Randall Mastin—both from Virginia, retired. Between them, they had driven professionally, day in and day out, for more than 70 years without an accident. If driving safely could make you rich and famous, these two guys would be rock stars. 

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