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Equine Logistics: Anything But “On the Hoof”

World Equestrian Games 2010Imagine flying 600 pedigree horses and their equipment into the U.S. from all around the world. People rarely think about the staggering logistics operations that lie behind international sporting events. With the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London fast approaching, UPS travelled to World Equestrian Games 2010 (WEG 2010) to see large-scale equine logistics in action.

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Oosthuizen Becomes UPS’s Newest Golf Ambassador

Louis OosthuizenSouth African Louis Oosthuizen has signed on to become UPS’s newest brand ambassador for golf. The man, affectionately nicknamed Shrek by his friends for his uncanny resemblance to the character, will join the world’s top ranked golfer, England’s Lee Westwood, along with Indian born Jeev Milkha Singh to make up the UPS golf ambassadors.

Oosthuizen, who has been on the European tour since 2003, is enjoying his most successful year on tour. He won this year’s 139th Open Championship on Scotland’s hallowed Old Course at Royal Saint Andrews by SEVEN strokes.

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Bringing Zappa Home… Now That’s Logistics

Frank Zappa bustOn 19th September, the residents of Baltimore, Md., (USA) were treated to an array of celebrations to honour the memory of one of the city’s most famous sons – the composer, musician and iconoclast of rock, Frank Zappa.

The occasion? The unveiling of a Frank Zappa bust, a generous gift to the people of Baltimore by Zappa fans in the small Baltic nation of Lithuania. The bronze bust is an exact replica of one that has stood in the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius, since 1995. The unveiling ceremony was attended by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake along with Zappa’s widow and three of his grown children.

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It’s Official: UPS has the Most Beautiful Warehouse in the Netherlands

UPS healthcare distribution centre in Roermond, NL“A thing of beauty is a joy forever.”  With those famous words, Keats could have referred to many things but a logistics warehouse probably was not what he had in mind. In his lifetime, warehouses were little more than large buildings used for storing agricultural produce, fabrics and manufactured goods.

Recognising the growing importance and prevalence of warehouses in modern society, for the last three years Dutch logistics magazine Nieuwsblad Transport has been running a competition to find “The Most Beautiful Warehouse in the Netherlands.”  A few days ago, my colleagues and I were excited to learn that the winner of the 2010 ‘beauty pageant’ is UPS!

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A New Look for UPS in the UK

Fresh from managing the logistical challenge of helping Team GB transport their sporting equipment to and from the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, here in the UK we have been busy putting the finishing touches to the rebranding of our entire operations with a UPS/London 2012 composite logo.

In little over three months, we have applied the distinctive 2012 logo to more than 3,600 vehicles and 2,800 uniforms at all our UK facilities, including our largest hub in Tamworth – making it the first time in the UK that the UPS logo has been visible next to a partner logo in our day-to-day operations.

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Fashion in Belgium: to Boldly Go Where No One Has Gone Before

When I was asked to set up a project around UPS and fashion in Belgium last year, I genuinely believed I was the last person they should be asking. It’s true, UPS is a good partner for the fashion industry: we’re both active on a global scale and we both thrive on speed to market. The look and style of our vans and uniforms is something of a fashion statement, too. And while we shouldn’t hesitate to tell the world about this, my personal fashion sense is, well, limited to say the least. My idea of cutting-edge is wearing a bright blue tie on a black shirt.

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More Shipments Move with the Lift of Air Restrictions in Europe

The word of the week was “spew,” as in the Eyjafjallajokull volcano is spewing ash in the atmosphere. For the past several days, the world was transfixed by the geological activities happening in Iceland that forced most of Europe to close its airspace. Fortunately, flight restrictions have been lifted and companies like UPS are able to resume flights into and out of Europe.

As we’ve seen with earthquakes, hurricanes and now volcanoes, natural disasters create challenges for transportation networks. At UPS, we relied on our extensive ground network in Europe and some clever contingency plans to keep a large amount of package volume moving. Like re-routing shipments from Asia that were destined for our Cologne hub to Turkey instead.

But it is inevitable that a backlog of shipments occurred. Package pick-up service for all UPS services in Europe will take place today. And while we’re working hard to deliver the remaining packages in our facilities, some express shipments may still experience delays. For the latest details on shipping to and from Europe, see our service update at ups.com.

When in Cologne…

If you were to ask people, including – I would bet – most UPSers, where UPS’s most technologically advanced facility outside Kentucky is located, few would answer “Cologne.” Yet this 2,000 year-old German city, probably best known globally for the twin spires of its Gothic cathedral and its contribution to the world of perfume (as in “eau de Cologne”), is also home to UPS’s European air hub, a $135 million flagship facility that is absolutely vital to the smooth running of the company’s worldwide network.

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German Engineering at its Very Best

The UPS Racing Truck steps up the pace at the famous Nurburgring circuit in GermanyGermans are crazy about cars. They are, after all, the ones who invented the modern motor vehicle, and to this day Germany is known for designing and producing the best cars on the planet in terms of engineering and overall quality. It comes as little surprise then that the UPS automotive team at the Hanover hub in Germany would come up with the idea of taking a 17-year old P60 package car with 600,000 kilometres on the clock under UPS colours and turning it into the beast you see before you. Read More »