Neither rain, nor sleet, nor Sandy…

I have had the good fortune to work at UPS for more than 24 years and over the course of my career I’ve seen our company do some pretty amazing things. Most recently, in the aftermath of what has been called the storm of the century, UPSers throughout the northeast are working through some incredibly difficult challenges to serve their customers – in many cases, even when their customers haven’t yet reopened for business.

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Saying Thanks to our Troops One Care Package at a Time
Support Our Troops 3

My father served nearly 23 years in the U.S. Air Force so as you might imagine, I have a deep appreciation for the personal sacrifices made by the men and women in our armed forces.  Long deployments away from family and friends in difficult and often dangerous conditions make them all heroes in my book. 

So I was especially proud to learn that this July, UPS is helping send a little bit of home to the thousands of troops stationed abroad through a partnership with Goodyear and some of our other fellow NASCAR partners and sponsors.  It’s being done in collaboration with Support Our Troops®, or SOT, a non-partisan, non-political charity established specifically to help bolster the morale and well-being of active duty troops and their families.

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Lee Westwood Claims Victory Again at the Indonesian Masters
CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters

Lee Westwood, one of UPS’s global brand ambassadors and currently the number three-ranked professional golfer in the world, won his first title of the year and the 38th of his career with his victory last weekend at the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters. Westwood won the tournament in 2011 as well.

Westwood completed a 32-hole marathon as he returned on Sunday morning to finish the third round before closing with a final round 74 for a winning total of 16 under par at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club.

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Video: UPS and Pearl Jam Demonstrate Greener Possibilities for Concerts

Last May, UPS and Live Nation Entertainment announced a new alliance to help make the live music touring industry more eco-friendly. In the months that followed, we began working with a variety of touring artists to reduce the carbon footprint of their tours by developing comprehensive strategies to measure, manage and mitigate the CO2 produced from the transportation of their concert equipment.

One of the bands we worked with was Pearl Jam, whose commitment to sustainability is reflected in nearly everything they do, including their 20th anniversary PJ20 Destination Weekend event in East Troy, WI, last September.

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Oosthuizen wins the Malaysian Open
Maybank Malaysian Open - Day Four

Second at last week’s Masters Tournament. Third in Houston two weeks ago. But after two near misses and over 10,000 miles travelled, UPS Golf Ambassador Louis Oosthuizen clinched a victory at the Maybank Malaysian Open over the weekend.

The 29 year-old South African defied the psychological fatigue of just missing out on a Green Jacket at Augusta National last Sunday and the physical challenges of a 30-hour journey to Kuala Lumpur to win by three shots. Read More »

Some Memories Don’t Fade – the 1992 Duke-UK Game Revisited
The Pass

Recently UPS launched some new television ads in conjunction with the start of NCAA March Madness. One of these commercials features footage from the 1992 East Regional Finals in which the Duke Blue Devils beat the University of Kentucky Wildcats in overtime with just 2.6 seconds left on the clock.

I remember that game very well. UK was still feeling the sting from being on NCAA probation that kept them out of post-season play for two years and the team’s four seniors – Richie Farmer, Sean Woods, John Pelphrey and Deron Feldhaus along with sophomore Jamal Mashburn – gave everyone in the Big Blue Nation a much needed shot of hope. Had there been a little more time on the clock that night in Philadelphia, fate might have been kinder to the Wildcats – but it just didn’t happen.

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On the Road (Literally) to the NCAA Final Four

Around mid-March every year, a chronic and widespread delirium spreads across the U.S.that often results in a substantial loss of productivity in the workplace – or so I’ve heard. The cause, of course, is the NCAA basketball tournament, which gets underway March 13.

The championship series will be especially exciting for me this year because UPS is playing a very important behind-the-scenes role in delivering the tournament to college basketball fans.

On March 16, the court flooring that will be used in the 2012 NCAA Final Four will begin a seven-city tour via UPS Freight.  The court, which was manufactured by Connor Sport Court, will stop at select college campuses and UPS facilities to generate excitement about the tournament before finally making its way to the Superdome in New Orleans on March 23, just in time for the national semifinals.

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UPS Racing Shifts Gears for 2012
UPS Racing

In 2012 UPS is going to begin a new chapter in our longest standing corporate sports sponsorship program – NASCAR. Today we announced that while we’re coming back next year as an official NASCAR partner, for the first time in 12 racing seasons we won’t be a primary team sponsor.

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UPS Kicks Off the College Football Season

It’s hard to believe it’s already time for college football, especially when the temperature here in Atlanta is still hanging in the 90 degree range. But whatever the weather, the kick-off of the first game always transports me mentally to the cool, crisp days of autumn, where the smell of bratwursts and hotdogs on the grill and the distant tweet of a referee’s whistle give me a sense that all is right again with the world.

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Live Concerts Get Greener with Help from UPS and Live Nation Entertainment

“If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music.”

                                                                          –  Jimi Hendrix

I try to avoid hyperbole, but I truly believe music is one of the most powerful forces on the planet. It touches people on a deep, emotional level transcending differences in language, culture, political views and socio-economic status.

Even with his scientifically-focused mind, Albert Einstein understood and appreciated the value music brings to our lives when he observed, “If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music. … I get most joy in life out of music.”

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