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Jim Barber, President of UPS International, Talks Global Trade at the Discover Global Markets Conference
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Jim Barber, the president of UPS International, was the keynote speaker at the Discover Global Markets conference (sponsored by the U.S. Commercial Service of the Department of Commerce) on June 3 in Los Angeles. Barber’s remarks focused on ways to overcome obstacles that often stand in the way of small- to mid-sized businesses that want to grow their companies through exporting.

Barber cited a local company, Medelita, which makes professional-grade lab coats for the healthcare industry, as an example of companies that are often frustrated by the tariffs, customs regulations and documentation requirements when trying to export. Read More »

Kuehn Sees Growth in Next-Day Delivery
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While established companies and recent start-ups promising same-day delivery are getting a lot of media air time these days, UPS Chief Financial Officer Kurt Kuehn predicts even faster growth for shippers who wait just a little longer.

“Same day is not new. Courier services have been doing that in metro areas for a long time,” said Kuehn, who appeared on CNBC’s Squawk Box as a part of the network’s Global CFO Council series. “We think rather than same-day delivery, the big push will be local next-day delivery. We see (next day) as a much bigger force over time than the limited same day deliveries.” Read More »

3D Printing Opens Doors for Inventors
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Attaining the money it takes to invest into ideas and launch them into the phases of prototypes and searching for investors is hard work, and not achieved by many. But 3D printing has helped change that reality for many inventors and aspiring entrepreneurs. Wes Kouba from Dallas, TX had his great idea four years ago after a record breaking, devastating tornado tore through Tuscaloosa, AL, leaving many trapped in storm shelters with three feet of debris on top of them. Wes wondered if there was a solution that allowed shelter and safety, without leaving people trapped underground.

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3D Printing is the Prize for Middle School Design Class Contest
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Remember the excitement of being in school and taking a field trip? Not only do you get to get out of school, but it often creates a lifelong memory.

 A San Diego middle school teacher, Mr. Matt Davis, recently provided his students with a field into the future of technology. Mr. Davis teaches an elective class in CAD, computer aided drafting where students learn to create and design structures and objects through a computer program. He held a contest in his class where students competed to have their 3D design printed. The students used SketchUp, 3D modeling software that’s easy to learn and incredibly fun to use, to create their entries. The UPS Store, the first national retailer to offer 3D print services in-store, offered to 3D print the winning student’s design for the class.  Read More »

A ‘Mentor Match’ Made in Heaven
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For 82-year-old small business owner Newt Malerman, finding his mentor was a serendipitous event. Over the course of his life, Newt had shifted career paths six or seven times without much hesitation. But when faced with a business venture that led him into unchartered waters, he began drowning in his own fear and self-doubt. A mentor came to his rescue and offered him a lifeline.

While Newt had a history of owning small businesses, most of them had been within his comfort zone. His first love was art. He attended art school and after graduation, followed a natural progression. Newt became an artist, an art teacher and eventually, transitioned to become president of a graphic arts/embroidery business. When the business transferred overseas and he lost his job, Newt returned to his first love, opening an art gallery with his wife and fellow artist. Read More »

Third Generation Business Built on Mentoring
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This year marks the second annual National Mentoring Month, as proclaimed by President Barack Obama. The month was created to highlight the importance of mentoring and the positive impact it can have on youth. However, recent research has shown that mentorship can also play a role in the success of small business owners.

Starting a business can be challenging and oftentimes a new business owner may not know all the answers. For a small business owner, a close mentoring relationship provides the benefit of having a different experience or knowledge base to draw from. Mentors can help look at problems and situations from different perspectives and have expertise that can provide insight to people just starting out.

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New SBA Partnership Helps Veterans Access Small Business Opportunities
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As we spend today honoring our veterans, I would like to highlight an event hosted in my store in Arlington, Virginia. On November 5, the International Franchise Association (IFA) made a special announcement, sharing exciting progress with the Operation Enduring Opportunity program. In 2011, the IFA made the largest private sector veteran hiring commitment to date as part of the White House Joining Forces initiative, by pledging to hire and recruit 80,000 veterans, wounded warriors and military spouses through 2014. The organization was pleased to announce that with the support of organizations including The UPS Store, they have already surpassed that number and have hired 151,557 veterans, nearly doubling their initial goal!

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‘Customers haven’t changed over 50 years’
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Robert Vallely has focused on good service for five decade

How did I come to work at UPS?

There was an ad in the Sunday newspaper for delivering parcels in suburban areas. I applied at the Continental Hotel in Kansas City that Sunday afternoon.

I was given an aptitude test and told I would be contacted with the results. I didn’t have a phone … so I was notified by telegraph that I had passed the test.

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Neither rain, nor sleet, nor Sandy…
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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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Girls’ Night Out: Philadelphia
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This year, I am going to seven weddings. SEVEN. And that’s not even including my own. Because most of them are out of town, I am just never at home. Traveling is great, don’t get me wrong, but with so much to do (particularly with my own wedding planning), leaving town can be a little inconvenient.

Now that summer is approaching, I’m sure I’m not the only one with trips on the horizon. Summer vacations, Memorial Day and Labor Day getaways, Fourth of July trips – they are great, but wouldn’t it be wonderful to take a trip without worrying about what’s going on at home?

On May 18, UPS is proud to be a part of the Girls’ Lunch Out (GLO) party. It’s a networking event for women, and an opportunity to break from the blogging and connect with other busy women, moms and business owners who want to find the same solutions.   

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