UPS Goes Off Limits on the Travel Channel
Travel Channel's Off Limits

I don’t watch a ton of TV, but of the few shows I do watch, I’m crazy about Off Limits.  And lo and behold, after watching the program for over a year I got the chance to help producers of the show tell the story of UPS’s global air hub, Worldport.  I guess it’s my version of “15 minutes of fame.”  I got a chance to work with the show’s host and a really nice production crew, along with all the awesome UPSers who make Worldport the “eighth wonder of the world.”

The first segment aired last weekend.  The show’s host, Don Wildman, took us on a tour of what makes this massive facility so unique – and interesting.  Don got a chance to “fly” in a UPS flight simulator.  It’s as close as you can get to the real thing.  Watch the video of Don taking a tour of our Global Operations Center.

Segment two is airing this Sunday, July 29th, at 9 a.m. on the Travel Channel.  Worldport itself is the center of attention.  Don and his crew take us on a journey to see the miles of conveyors, high tech scanning equipment, in-coming aircraft and the people who make it all seamless to the outside world.  Be sure to check it out.

Beyond the Ordinary
UPS package lab

In 1949, the New Yorker Magazine sent writer Phillip Hamburger to see what kind of operation was being run by a then middle-aged Jim Casey, founder of UPS. Hamburger’s story focused on Jim’s nearly maniacal devotion to department store packages.  They were UPS’s bread and butter during the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. The New Yorker writer soon found out that Jim looked at packages like a jeweler looks at diamonds, each one special in its own right. It was during this era that a phrase was coined that still adorns the walls of local UPS facilities: Every Parcel a Guest of Honor. Sounding a bit archaic today, the slogan still holds solid meaning for UPSers like Worldport Security Manager Jeff Savage.

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UPS Drivers Deliver Record for Safe Driving
UPS Package Car

UPS again set a new record for the latest class of amazing drivers who have gone 25 years without an accident – 1,235.  This year’s additions bring the total number of active Circle of Honor drivers to 5,842.  These drivers have collectively driven more than 5.3 billion miles without an accident.

And the safest driver of them all is Ron “Big Dog” Sowder from Springboro, Ohio, who recently celebrated 50 years of safe driving.  That makes Ron the safest driver in UPS history.  Ron has been driving safely longer than many people have been alive.  And speaking of being alive, there’s no telling how many lives he has saved by steering clear of accidents for so many years and so many miles.  Ron has amassed more than 4 million miles without so much as a scratch.

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Calling Out “Good Stuff”

UPS feeder truckEvery year, UPS is proud to announce the new “class” of Circle of Honor inductees – drivers who have steered clear of accidents for 25 years. The company goes to great lengths to alert local journalists of each local driver’s incredible accomplishments.

This year, 48 separate press releases were sent to thousands of local reporters across the United States and abroad. We take pride in our safety training. And we take pride in honoring our people for their accomplishments.

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UPS and GPS: Using Technology to Save Miles, Fuel, Emissions and Time

I spent three days working with a crew from Penn State Public Broadcasting helping them understand how UPS uses technology, namely GPS, to run an efficient and earth-friendly operation.

Engineering Manager Jack Levis deftly tells the story of UPS’s technological prowess and describes the behind-the-scenes machinations of what it takes to dispatch 60,000 drivers every day.

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UPS Circle of Honor Recognizes Elite Group of Safe Drivers

UPS drivers across the globe drive 3.3 billion miles per year. They average less than one accident per million miles driven – an incredible statistic. That stat is due to two things: UPS has the best safe driving training in the world, and UPS drivers take an enormous amount of pride in what they do. Training and pride – it’s an unbeatable combination. And the proof is in the pudding. This year, 934 new Circle of Honor members were added to the total of current active drivers with 25 years or more without an accident. The total number of UPS drivers who have steered clear of accidents for 25 years or more now stands at 4,788. And on top of that remarkable number, Ron Sowder of UPS’s Kentucky District has attained 48 years of safe driving. Florida’s Ginny Odom, the top female safe driver stands alone with 35 years without an accident. Read More »

Mr. Four 25s: Profile of a UPS Driver

UPS is well known as a company that promotes from within. I’m a great example of that policy in action. I started with UPS in 1978 while still in high school. I was 17 and remember how intimidating the hub environment felt to me. Years later I would consider that hub, a maze of conveyor belts and steel girders, my second home. And exactly 10 years after I started with UPS I was still there, but instead of loading trucks I was riding on one with a driver in the ultra-rural northwest corner of Wisconsin. My job at that juncture was to produce a monthly magazine that UPSers in Wisconsin received in their homes.

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Winter Safe Driving Tips
driving in snow

Winter weather, including freezing rain, ice and snow, can create hazardous driving conditions that increase the potential for accidents as well as getting your vehicle stuck.

Motorists should raise their awareness during winter weather driving conditions and practice these common sense defensive driving habits. Read More »

8 Tips for Saving Fuel that Anyone Can Use

Whether you drive a 40-foot big rig or a two-door Prius, fuel conservation is a concern for most anyone. With a fleet of 88,000 vehicles on the street every day, logging over 2 billion miles a year, the automotive engineers at UPS can offer motorists some solid advice for saving fuel.

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