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Setting his Sights on Gold
Alvin Miles

It is only fitting that with UPS’s expansive global reach as the Official Logistics and Express Delivery Supporter of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics games, it also has UPS people vying to qualify for the games themselves. Qualifying to compete in the Olympics is no easy feat. Part-time UPSer and full-time Olympic hopeful Alvin Miles has set his sights on making it onto the U.S. Track and Field team that will compete in the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Miles, a part-time supervisor at the Raleigh, NC Hub, is an NCAA Division II Men’s track and field team champion. He saw success in the 400m hurdles event as a freshman in college, and is now looking to compete for the gold in London.

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Reaching Peak Performance: A Quarter Million Items Handled for London 2012
Louis Smith

British Olympic Bronze medallist and London 2012 gymnastics hopeful Louis Smith has joined the team of UPS London 2012 Olympic Ambassadors, alongside fellow Olympians Ben Ainslie and Denise Lewis, and television sports presenter Steve Rider, to mark the delivery of the 250,000th item (a 3-meter landing mat) into our London 2012 logistics centres.

To mark the occasion, Louis kindly took some time out of his busy training schedule to visit our Tilbury logistics centre to see first hand the logistical preparation work taking place ahead of the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games.

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Putting Process Into Practice – Our Latest Preparations Ahead of the London 2012 Games

There is less than one year to go until the start of the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games, and for those of us working behind the scenes, the start of “the greatest show on earth” now feels tantalizingly close.

With 33 venues and 46 Olympic and Paralympic sports, each with their own challenges and special requirements, the London 2012 Games is a logistical undertaking without parallel.

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UPS Provides a Smooth Ride Across the UK
Deloitte Ride Across Britain

From horses to bikes, there is never a dull moment at UPS as preparations continue in the run up to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

A crucial part of our planning over the coming months has focused on testing the large-scale logistical processes that will be used during the London 2012 Games for the live, nationwide events.  

The latest event to put UPS to the test was the Deloitte Ride Across Britain (RAB), where we facilitated the event’s logistics processes over the course of nine days. Launched in 2010, the RAB offers the opportunity for approximately 600 solo riders and relay teams to raise money for Paralympics GB by cycling the iconic 900 mile route from John O’Groats to Lands End.

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UPS and United Way Auction is Live!
United Way

UPS and United Way are auctioning items — with a total value of over $40,000 — to benefit United Way. The proceeds will support United Way’s work to meet bold national goals related to education, financial stability and health. UPS donated more than 35 items for an auction on eBay’s MissionFish site.

The auction runs from July 18 through September 9, and will include dozens of unique items and priceless experiences. New auction items will be added every two weeks, for example:

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Fathers of Flyers

Phil Devine springs off a diving board and performs multiple flips and twists before his vertical entry into the water below, barely displacing a few inches. Phil’s brother, Michael, bounds 32 feet in the air, performing adolphs, rudolphs and fliffusses following each bounce off of a trampoline.

John Devine, a 28-year UPS employee who works as an air operations supervisor in Illinois, hopes that the time and encouragement he provided his sons Phil and Michael will help them be successful in their journey to compete in the upcoming London 2012 Olympics.

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Greening Our Games – UPS Launches London 2012 Hospitality Programme

There will be many ways in which the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games will stand out from those that have gone before it, but potentially the most significant will be its unprecedented focus on sustainability.

As Official Logistics and Express Delivery Supporter of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, UPS is working very closely with LOCOG (London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games) to ensure we play our part in achieving the goal of a sustainable Games.

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UPS London 2012 Logistics Centre Now Fully Operational


In the week the International Olympic Committee (IOC) inspection team visited London to assess preparations with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), UPS moved one step closer to the start of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games with the opening of our dedicated London 2012 logistics centre in Stevenage.

Along with our second facility in Tilbury, due to open next month, it will house around 30 million items ahead of the start of the Games next year. For thousands of items of sporting equipment, it will be the last stop in their journey to one of the 34 venues that will host the 60 different Olympic and Paralympic sporting disciplines.


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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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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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