5 Extraordinary Things UPS Shipped in 2012

While there’s no question delivering brown boxes is a huge part of what we do, UPS also transports many items that are not so run of the mill. Even compared to 2011, when we transported a polar bear from Alaska to Kentucky, this year has been full of exciting shipments and logistical triumphs.

Intrigued? Here are just five examples of some of the most offbeat and extraordinary things we moved in 2012:

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Taking Pride in Heritage: UPSer Honored as Young Hispanic Corporate Achiever
Frank Perez

The Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility honored UPSer Frank Perez earlier this year as a Young Hispanic Corporate Achiever. With Hispanic Heritage Month underway, this seemed the perfect time to sit down with Perez and discuss his thoughts on the award, his responsibilities working in Industrial Engineering at UPS, and other things he’s involved in at the company and in the community.

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UPS Founders’ Day: Celebrating 105 Years While Looking Past the Present
(l –r, Evert McCabe, Charlie Soderstrom, Jim Casey, and George Casey)

Before joining the UPS team earlier this year, I had never worked for a company with such a rich history. It really hit me when I spotted the Model T Ford® delivery car displayed proudly at our corporate office, and even more so while touring the UPS History Exhibit in the Archives as a brand new employee. The space includes displays that span the company’s more-than-century-old story, as today—August 28—marks our annual Founders’ Day and 105th birthday.

Although undoubtedly remarkable, the company reaching this milestone doesn’t come as a surprise given the principles primary UPS founder Jim Casey held dear. Even after his company had grown from the American Messenger Company to the United Parcel Service® and begun to expand from Seattle to other major U.S. cities, Casey had this to say about keeping the future top of mind:

“As always, our biggest need will be for broad-gauge people who can think beyond the present and apply sound, mature business judgment to whatever conditions we may have to meet.

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