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Moving the Floor to the Final Four
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It’s a good bet that when Kentucky, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Duke take to the court for the NCAA Men’s Final Four this weekend in Indianapolis, the last thing on the minds of the players will be the wood beneath their feet.

But if they only knew the lengths to which a 143-year-old business rooted in Amasa, Mich., went to source, build and transport college basketball’s most prestigious court to the site of the NCAA Final Four, they might have a greater appreciation for all that hardwood. Read More »

UPS Recognized with EPA Climate Leadership Award
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One of our top enterprise sustainability goals is to reduce our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transportation relative to our shipping volume. Successful execution of our global GHG reduction strategy enabled us to reach our goal to achieve a 10 percent reduction in carbon intensity in 2016 three years ahead of schedule. So we doubled the goal to a 20 percent reduction in our carbon intensity from transportation by 2020.

In appreciation of this accomplishment, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in collaboration with the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO), and others, recognized UPS at the fourth annual Climate Leadership Awards for Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management—Goal Achievement.

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E-tailing is the Automotive Aftermarket’s New Growth Engine
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If your company doesn’t have a significant online presence, you’re missing an important growth opportunity. The automotive aftermarket’s fastest growing sales channel, e-tailing, is expanding so briskly that some industry experts anticipate aftermarket e-tailing revenue will double by 2018.

This online growth is expected to dramatically outperform brick-and-mortar automotive aftermarket sales, which are projected to remain flat for the foreseeable future. That means automotive aftermarket companies must immediately invest in the e-commerce part of their businesses to stay competitive and grow. Of course, establishing an online presence must be done wisely. In the general retail space, e-commerce has become very sophisticated since retailers started emphasizing that sales channel in the late 1990’s. After experiencing double digit growth for several years, e-commerce now accounts for 7% of all retail transactions and is showing no signs of slowing down. Read More »

Living in an Aging World
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Reprinted from Longitudes

Cities need to adjust policies and rethink resources to support an aging demographic.

The world’s top 750 cities will experience profound demographic shifts over the next 15 years. For one, the world will be urbanizing rapidly: by 2030, the populations of these leading cities will increase by an estimated 410 million.

What’s more, the changes in birth rates and the longer life spans will have a transformative effect on housing patterns, labor participation, and infrastructure use.

Almost everywhere, urban populations are aging. According to Oxford Economics’ Global Cities report, more than 150 million additional residents over age 65 will populate the world’s top cities by 2030. And roughly 40 percent of these seniors – or 61 million – will live in China’s leading cities.

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The Logistics of Love
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Reprinted from Longitudes

Don’t worry, guys – Valentine’s Day puts pressure on supply chains, too.

Whether a man is calm and on top of his game, or in the grip of a last-minute panic, when he walks out of the flower shop with a fresh bouquet of Valentine’s Day flowers, chances are he doesn’t give much thought to how they got there.

He – and I’m being gender-specific because 75 percent of Valentine’s flower buyers are men – can thank a system built on a rigorous combination of distance, travel, time, temperature and dedicated UPSers.

It all comes together in a one-day observance that generates a total of $1.7 billion spent on flowers, which contribute to a total of nearly $19 billion spent on cards, romantic dinners, stuffed animals and all manner of other Valentine’s Day gifts – including everything from frozen steaks and lobsters to six-foot teddy bears.

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Rethinking Transportation in Cities
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Reprinted from Longitudes

Creating more livable cities through accessible public transportation.

In previous posts, I’ve discussed the growing pains that come along with major urban development—congestion, air and noise pollution, etc.—as well as some of the creative solutions that cities have come up with to combat these issues.

One of the most effective ways for a city to decrease congestion and pollution—and become safer, more livable, and more attractive to those looking to move to the city—is a strong network of public transportation.

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Getting Smart about Cities in India
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Reprinted from Longitudes

India takes on the challenge of building smarter cities.

The cities of the future are all but certain to confront a number of unique challenges. Across the globe, cities are expected to experience enormous gains in population, with most of the growth concentrated in the developing world.

These cities of the future will need to balance the basic demands of a growing population against concerns for the environment, economic sustainability, and the logistics required to simply keep these enormous cities running. Planning for this future is made more complicated by the dearth of usable data.

Enter the smart city.

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How Small Businesses Make a Big Difference
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Global ecommerce empowers businesses and their customers

Traveling the world for business and pleasure brings a tremendous amount of opportunities to learn and connect with people. When we founded cooper & ella women’s apparel, we wanted to make a positive impact through planned philanthropic giving. As part of our journey, we called on many domestic and international colleagues. Those relationships opened up many exciting places including Bangalore, India.

Bangalore has much in common with other thriving metropolitan areas around the world. Steeped in tradition and a rich heritage, the area has evolved to become a hub for global commerce, education and research. Its citizens work hard to provide for their families. A mixture of ancient temples and modern buildings blankets the landscape amidst a temperate climate that’s inviting to outdoor living and tourism. Read More »

The Changing Face of American Manufacturing
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Management innovation is just as important as new technology

Thomas Edison once said: “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” As someone with an up-close view of the evolution underway in manufacturing, I can vouch for the opportunities that await those willing to invest the work that will make them a reality.
Innovation is the American worker’s most prolific and valuable product.

Creating the concepts for new products and turning ideas into reality holds a romantic appeal for many and is highly prized among business leaders. But after outsourcing an incredible number of jobs two generations ago, our country — once a bastion for manufacturing design and production — has struggled to maintain an adequately skilled workforce that could continue to fill the innovation pipeline. Read More »

Responsible Electronics Recycling
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Electronic devices are integral to our daily lives: we use them to get our work done, we like how they help us connect with others through video, e-mailing and texting; we track our fitness activities and goals, and we rely on them to deliver our movies, music, news, photos, reports and, yes, even cat videos. Read More »