The History of UPS


We recently talked about the history of FedEx. In all fairness we should also take a look at UPS. Considering the two are normally locked in a head to head battle for the number one spot as you go to delivery service.

Lets start things off with a few words from UPS themselves, then take a stroll down memory lane.

“Founded in 1907 as a messenger company in the United States, UPS has grown into a multi-billion-dollar corporation by clearly focusing on the goal of enabling commerce around the globe. Today, UPS is a global company with one of the most recognized and admired brands in the world. We have become the world’s largest package delivery company and a leading global provider of specialized transportation and logistics services. Every day, we manage the flow of goods, funds, and information in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.”

Jim Casey borrows $100 from a friend to found American Messenger Company in Seattle.

Founder Jim Casey pioneers the idea of putting all packages for a single area into one delivery truck, and merges with a competitor to create Merchants Parcel Delivery.

UPS builds the first mechanical sorter and conveyor belt system for handling packages at its Los Angeles operation.

UPS begins world’s first air express service.

UPS becomes the first package delivery company to serve every address in the continental United States and begins its first operation outside the U.S. – in Ontario, Canada.

UPS launches its own airline and extends its international air service to 41 countries in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.

Saturday delivery begins; UPS becomes the first package delivery company to gather signatures electronically for tracking.

The UPS Logistics Group is established to provide global supply chain management solutions.

UPS named “Top 10 Brands of the Nineties” placing sixth out of 300 popular brands.

UPS acquires Mail Boxes Etc., worldwide franchisor of independently owned and operated shipping centers.

UPS wins the right to fly directly to and from China six days a week and begins flights on April 1.

UPS celebrates its 100th birthday

UPS expands “green fleet” with 50 hybrid electric vehicles plus 306 alternative fuel vehicles

The UPS Store becomes the first retailer to offer 3D printing

UPS begins deploying 700 natural gas trucks into its fleet

UPS invests in 1,000 propane delivery trucks and 50 fueling stations

UPS acquires UK healthcare logistics innovator, Polar Speed

Just like FedEx, UPS has an extensive track record of getting things from point A to Point B.

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