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Eliminate the Hassle of Back-to-School Shopping with School Tool Box
school supplies

Back-to-school signage line the halls and walls of retail stores, reminding children that summer is almost over and parents that they need to fill the supply lists provided by their kids’ schools. Finding everything can be a hassle – long lines, multiple shopping trips, hard-to-find products, etc.

UPS Small Business customer School Tool Box offers a convenient, consistent, cost-saving alternative that provides parents with the supplies they need without the aggravations. For more than 10 years, School Tool Box has been delivering pre-packaged school supply kits built from teachers’ lists directly to their respective schools. In 2011, the company kicked off its “Ship-to-Home” program, making it even easier for families to get the supplies they need by delivering it right to their front doors.

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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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How 19 Fashion Students Transformed UPS Uniforms into Works of Art
fashion students

Take a stack of driver uniforms and create a new look in the spirit of UPS – that was the task given to 19 students of the Margrethe-Skolen international fashion design school in Denmark. For the second consecutive year, UPS teamed up with a leading fashion institution to support young design talent and show how UPS serves fashion all over the world, bringing designs to catwalks, retailers and wardrobes the world over.

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Hispanic Heritage Month: Funding Dreams
Kendall Boshart

As someone who is fresh out of undergrad and currently dealing with the grad school application process, I’m quite well-versed about just how huge of an obstacle tuition fees can be for many students. I worked two jobs during my undergrad tenure but still needed some outside assistance. Unfortunately, for many this outside help isn’t available.

That’s why programs such as the Hispanic Scholarship Fund are so important. During the last 31 years The UPS Foundation has provided nearly $2 million in support to help families and students with the financial and educational resources they need to achieve a college education.

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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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The UPS Foundation Grant Inspires More Giving to Environmental Projects

I’m thrilled to share that the UPS $100,000 challenge grant to Donor Choose in support of environmental projects has been matched completely by individual donors.

In 2010, UPS made a $100,000 grant to Donors Choose to support 50% of costs for rural environmental projects for local school children. With help from local agencies, Donors Choose recruited teachers in rural communities across the country to submit environmental projects in 255 different cities. The teachers needed resources like water testing kits, weather forecasting instruments, compost bins, stream modeling set-ups, and butterfly gardens for projects that help children learn about how things work in their environment. And, the money went directly to the teachers to support these projects. 

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The Magic Behind Logistics

By now, many people have seen the Logistics of NCAA Basketball® video spots that aired in conjunction with March Madness. The premise of these commercials was that basketball is a game of logistics, getting the ball to the right people, in the right place at the right time.

The same holds true for UPS and its customers. When a package arrives to its final destination on time, few people know – or even think about – how that successful delivery was made possible. Even fewer ponder how the same success story happens over and over again for 15 million packages each day.

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