MISSISAUGA, ON, Aug. 28 /CNW/ - In 1907, Indian-born Rudyard Kipling won
the Nobel Prize for Literature, and Finland became the first European country
to give women the right to vote. Meanwhile, quietly in a tiny Seattle office
on the U.S. Pacific coast, two teenagers named Jim Casey and Claude Ryan began
the American Messenger Company with a US$100 loan.
These humble beginnings one century ago were the first days of UPS, which
is now the world's largest package delivery company. Serving more than 200
countries and territories, UPS operates the world's eighth-largest airline, a
fleet of almost 92,000 vehicles and offers an ever-expanding array of supply
chain services. The company is one of the world's largest employers; there are
now 427,000 UPSers around the world.
"Today, on our 100th anniversary, we celebrate the people of UPS who have
contributed to our shared success throughout the years, from drivers in
Hamburg to pilots in Hong Kong and everyone in between," said Mike Eskew,
Chairman and CEO of UPS. "UPS's success is the result of the combined efforts
of thousands of UPS employees who share a deep commitment to our customers. It
is their dedication that will carry UPS well into our next century."
UPS Highlights in Canada
In 1975, Canada became the first country outside the United States to
offer UPS service in the basement of the Skyline Hotel in Etobicoke, Ontario.
At that time, drivers delivered packages in Checker cabs painted UPS brown and
feeder trucks were four-door Chevy Impalas. Soon UPS package cars replaced the
Checker cabs and in 1987, UPS planes began daily service from Buffalo to
Hamilton. In 1988, UPS Canada opened the Toronto Hub, designed to handle
20,000 packages per hour and house 228 package cars. That same year, its
workforce grew to more than 2,400 employees.
In 1990, UPS Canada was the first location outside the U.S. to use DIAD
(Delivery Information Acquisition Device); the handheld computer that
facilitates electronic tracking. Today, UPS Canada leverages technology to
help companies improve their business processes, including customer service
and inventory management.
Over the 32 years of UPS operation in Canada, the company has seen
significant growth and has continued giving back to the Canadian communities
it services. In 1983, 286 UPS Canada employees participated in the company's
first United Way campaign, raising more than $7,000 in payroll deductions.
Last year, more than 6,900 employees participated, surpassing the
million-dollar mark for the sixth year in a row with a total donation of more
than $1.4 million.
"Jim Casey was known for saying, 'Our horizon is as distant as our mind's
eye wishes it to be,'" Eskew said. "If we stay close to this sentiment, UPS is
certain to innovate, grow and succeed for another 100 years."
UPS, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2007, is the world's
largest package delivery company and a global leader in supply chain services,
offering an extensive range of options for synchronizing the movement of
goods, information and funds. Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., UPS serves more
than 200 countries and territories worldwide. UPS's stock trades on the New
York Stock Exchange (UPS) and the company can be found on the Web at UPS.com.
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