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A Challenge for German Film Students: How Would You Animate Logistics?
Student Video Contest

What do an ancient marathoner, a cosmic urban hero, and a snorkeler all have in common? They’re all characters born from the minds of animation students for a contest on the theme of We Love Logistics.

UPS and the Film and Television University “Konrad Wolf” Potsdam-Babelsberg (HFF) – one of the premiere film universities in Germany – have teamed up for an animation competition based on UPS’s love for logistics. The task wasn’t to create a commercial – students were instead asked to produce a funny, emotional, creative, or surprising animated film that captured the essence and passion of logistics.

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See More, Hear Less: New UPS Vehicles in Germany
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A new generation of UPS package cars has arrived

It’s called the P70. It’s larger than a P60 but smaller than a P80 and a lot newer than both of them. UPS, Mercedes and our package car body manufacturer Spier presented the newest generation of the UPS package car at the Hanover Motor show in Germany last September.

Customers in Germany will start seeing these new vehicles on the road in the coming months and years.  Here’s what makes them great:

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Going for the Cycle
cargo cruiser

When I was in Europe, I was initially taken back by how COMPACT the compact cars were. They seemed to fit in any parking space and could zip in and out traffic. Those small cars would definitely work in South Philly, but they didn’t seem to hold much. What’s a girl to do with a big shopping list in the Italian Market? Could there be something small with cargo space? And if I’m wishing, could it also be stylish and eco-friendly?

Well, hello Germany!

Downtown Dortmund has new wheels in its neighborhood. UPS Germany is conducting a pilot test of its electrically assisted cycle, known as the Cargo Cruiser. The trial will help determine if this alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) is an ecologically and economically viable choice for deliveries to urban areas.

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Image is Everything
UPS driver in Germany

Quality, exceptional service, variety, reliability and cost efficiency have gone into crafting UPS’s products and services for more than a century. It’s a standard that’s been set by our founder, Jim Casey.

As the needs of customers have changed, so has UPS. With an unmatched portfolio to get you those new hot pink stilettos, shiny golf clubs, latest gadget, prescription medicine or grandma’s cookies, UPS is committed to getting your package where it needs to be on time and with a smile.

Recently, UPS was rewarded an Image Award by the German publication VerkehrsRundshau magazine for placing first in the “Courier, Express and Parcel Services” category of its Image-Ranking survey. This is an opinion poll to gauge the image and awareness levels of the leading companies offering commercial vehicles and products and services for commercial vehicle fleets.

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UPS Sponsors Fashion Innovation to Deliver Couture to Market
UPS Country Manager Harld Peters with students (l-r) Gijs Houdijk, Koen de Greef, Frits Stam

How do you keep chiffon shimmering, pleats well placed and crape un-crushed as high-fashion garments are shipped across the globe from the runways of Milan to the racks in the posh shops of Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills? As both fashion designers and retailers know, shipping clothes presents a special challenge. Delicate fabrics can shift, fold, wrinkle and crease inside a box, and intricately constructed garments can lose their shape in transit. UPS looked to industrial design students at the University for Technology Eindhoven (TU/e) in the Netherlands to find a new way to ship haute couture garments sustainably and keep them pristine as they travel from plane to package car through the UPS network.

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UPS Gives German Engineering Students a Lift to the Finish Line
"Olaf"

Engineering, innovation, and automobiles are German specialties, and students from the University of Applied Sciences at Zwickau in southeast Germany bring all three together for the Formula Student international auto design competition. The challenge: to create a single-seat, formula-style weekend racer for an amateur driver – following specific technical specifications, emissions standards and safety features – as well as producing a bottom-to-top plan to bring it to market.

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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 »