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Kuehn Sees Growth in Next-Day Delivery

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 »

UPS Chief Financial Officer Kurt Kuehn Honored for Sustainability Leadership
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Congratulations to UPS CFO Kurt Kuehn, who was named a winner of the 2013 C.K. Prahalad Global Sustainability Leadership Award on Monday, June 24th!

Presented annually by the Corporate Eco Forum, the award recognizes exceptional, globally-significant private sector action that exemplifies the fundamental connection between sustainability, innovation and long-term business success in a globalizing world.

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Measuring Global Growth and Trade
Kurt Kuehn on CNBC

UPS Chief Financial Officer Kurt Kuehn was featured on CNBC’s Squawk Box earlier this week as part of the CNBC Global CFO Council series.

In the segment, Kurt and Robert Shanks, Ford Motor Company executive vice president & CFO, provided their perspective on the outlook on business and the economy.

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Public Debt and the Private Sector
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UPS Chief Financial Officer Kurt Kuehn recently participated in a panel at the Bloomberg Washington Summit that discussed the state of the economy and the impact of public debt on business markets.

Kurt was joined on the panel by U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and the CFO of the U.S. Postal Service, Joseph Corbett. The panel was moderated by Robert Litan, research director for Bloomberg Government.

Among the issues they addressed were the pace of business investment in the economy and ways in which postal and carrier businesses reflect challenges faced by other businesses.

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B2R: A Retail and Delivery Revolution
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Customers can buy from ANYwhere, and want their products shipped to EVERYwhere. Shipping Business-to-Consumer (B2C) no longer just means residential delivery. It’s the ability to go beyond their home, and include locations more closely aligned with how they spend their time – at work, at school, and in their neighborhood. To remain competitive, businesses must offer delivery options that sync-up with customer’s lifestyle.

That’s where Business-to-Retail (B2R) comes in. B2R allows customers the option to have a package delivered to a retail location rather than their home. How does this help me, you ask? Let’s say you order that electronic device for your daughter that she’s been bugging you to get for the longest time. But you don’t want the item shipped to your home because no one will be there during typical delivery times and you definitely don’t want the package left outside your door. So to avoid the frustration of a missed delivery, you choose to have the package delivered to a retail store near where you live. When the store receives your package, you are notified and you pick it up. Simply said, B2R gives you more control over how your purchase reaches you allowing greater flexibility for deliveries.

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Thoughts from Fortune’s Brainstorm Green Conference

Striking the balance between company ROI and being a good corporate citizen is one of the many ways UPS stands out as a leader in sustainability. Recently, CFO Kurt Kuehn told the UPS story at Fortune’s Brainstorm Green conference where he had the unique distinction of being the only Chief Financial Officer attending the event.

A featured speaker at the conference, Kurt shares his experience on the panel and what we are doing as a company that makes us an industry leader in environmentally responsible business practices.

Five Ways to Convince Your CFO that Sustainability Pays

UPS Chief Financial Officer Kurt Kuehn is the author of an opinion piece published on the GreenBiz site:

CFOs haven’t been at the center of the corporate sustainability movement. After all, people usually think of us as bean counters, not social activists. But in my job as CFO, sustainability is a strategic imperative. And it should be for your CFO, too. But it’s up to you, as someone who cares about sustainability, to convince your chief financial leader that sustainability matters.

In the wake of the global recession, the CFO’s role has shifted from fancy accountant to co-driver of corporate strategy. We can’t just worry about quarterly results; we must focus on long-term growth strategies, which are inseparable from economic, social and environmental issues. A CFO’s job is about using resources wisely and ensuring that an enterprise can thrive for decades to come. That makes sustainability part of a CFO’s remit.

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