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Event

2014 UPS invests in 1,000 propane delivery trucks and 50 fueling stations
  UPS acquires UK healthcare logistics innovator, Polar Speed
2013 UPS launches route optimization software ORION which cuts miles, reduces fuel and sets stage for more personalized customer services
  The UPS Store becomes the first retailer to offer 3D printing
  UPS opens Hangzhou, China healthcare facility as part of global expansion
  UPS begins deploying 700 natural gas trucks into its fleet
2012 UPS deploys fifth-generation computer, DIAD V, to its drivers.
  UPS acquires Europe’s Kiala to further its business-to-consumer strategy.
2011
UPS launches My Choice, an industry first that provides consumers the ability to control the timing and location of deliveries.
  UPS begins expansion of Cologne air hub.
  UPS acquires healthcare logistics firm Pieffe Group, expands healthcare network and launches PharmaPort 360 for Rx cold-chain shipments.
2010
New UPS advertising campaign spotlights the "Power of Logistics"
  UPS becomes first corporate donor to surpass $1 billion in United Way contributions
  UPS opens international hub in Shenzhen and global hub Worldport expansion is finished
2009
UPS marks 10th birthday as a public company
  UPS offers shippers “green” option to offset carbon dioxide
  UPS expands express delivery destinations to 16 countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America
2008
UPS opens major air hub in Shanghai, China; selects Shenzhen for new intra-Asia air hub
 
UPS picks David Ragan, Roush Fenway Racing for NASCAR team
 
UPS assumes control of Korea operation; acquires Trans Courier Service SRL of Romania
 
UPS places largest commercial order in history for hybrid electrics; becomes 1st to order hydraulic hybrid vehicles
 
UPS adopts new capital structure to enhance value to shareowners
 
UPS launches new global air freight portfolio
 
UPS launches Paperless Invoice and international UPS Returns
 
Scott Davis becomes UPS chairman and CEO
2007
UPS negotiates new long-term contract with Teamsters
 
UPS celebrates its 100th birthday
 
UPS introduces industry-leading Delivery Intercept service
 
UPS starts construction of first-ever U.S. air hub in China (Shanghai)
 
UPS expands “green fleet” with 50 hybrid electric vehicles plus 306 alternative fuel vehicles
 
UPS Freight launches reliability guarantee
2006
UPS "Green Fleet" passes 100 Million Mile Mark.
 
UPS accelerates U.S. ground network, slashing transit times for more than 500,000 packages a day.
 
UPS rebrands Overnite to UPS Freight.
 
UPS constructs new North American air freight network.
2005
UPS acquires direct control of its package delivery operation in China; launches express service for customers within China.
 
The UPS Store global expansion begins with India and Canada.
 
UPS orders eight Boeing 747-400 freighters; 11 MD-11 freighters, and 10 Airbus A-380 freighters.
 
UPS acquires Lynx Express Ltd. in the U.K. and Stolica in Poland. Expands into ground freight by purchasing Overnite.
 
UPS begins deploying 4th generation of DIAD computer to U.S. drivers.
2004
UPS completes purchase of Menlo Worldwide Forwarding.
 
UPS begins real-world testing of a hydrogen fuel cell package car.
 
UPS launches visibility tool Quantum View Manage for small package shippers and begins international rollout of UPS CampusShip to facilitate one-customer, multi-location shipping.
 
UPS adds Air capability to its Trade Direct suite of services.
 
UPS express operations in Japan become wholly-owned.
2003
UPS discloses ambitious deployment of new package flow technology system to streamline its entire U.S. network and improve customer service.
 
More than 3,000 U.S. Mail Boxes Etc. franchisees elect to re-brand their centers to The UPS Store.
 
UPS re-brands itself, taking on a completely new look and logo to reflect its expanded capabilities.
2002
UPS completes full portfolio of guaranteed services with money-backed guarantee on shipments to all residential addresses in the 48 contiguous states in the U.S.
 
UPS launches Intra-Asia network and service allowing for the acceleration of delivery times for goods moving within and out of Asia.
 
UPS forms Supply Chain Solutions, a streamlined organization that combines the sales, marketing, finance and technology resources for its supply chain subsidiaries.

2001

UPS acquires First International Bancorp, adding commercial lending to the capabilities of UPS Capital Corp.

 

UPS launches mail strategy for presort services and hybrid mail solutions.

 

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

 

UPS acquires Fritz Companies Inc. and unveils plan to combine global customs brokerage with freight forwarding acquisitions.

 

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

2000

UPS reaches a technology milestone on Dec. 19, when, for the first time, www.ups.com received 6.5 million online tracking requests per day.

 

UPS increases "Around the World Flights" between the U.S. and Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

 

UPS acquires Challenge Air Cargo, the largest all-cargo airline serving Latin America at that time.

 

Service Parts Logistics is launched; first of five acquisitions made around the world.

 

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

1999

UPS becomes a public company on November 10, in what at the time was the largest initial public offering in the history of the New York Stock Exchange.

 

UPS recognized for its commitment to Welfare-to-Work and launches Earn and Learn program on August 1.

 

A new corporate charter is adopted, expanding the company's view of its role enabling global commerce.

1998

UPS forms UPS Capital Corp. and introduces portfolio of financial products and services.

1997

The Strategic Enterprise Fund is formed, enabling exploration of emerging markets and technologies to enhance UPS's evolving business model.

1995

UPS introduces the industry's first guaranteed 8 a.m. overnight delivery service, plus same-day / "next-flight-out" service.

 

UPS announces a new stock purchase program allowing all full- and part-time employees to purchase UPS stock, previously available only to management.

1994

UPS's award-winning Web site, www.ups.com, goes live.

1993

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

1992

UPS is delivering to more than 200 countries and territories; UPS delivery touches 4 billion of the world's 6 billion people.

1991

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

1990

UPS introduces the 10:30 a.m. guarantee for Next Day Air shipments.

1989

The company expands international air service to more than 180 countries in Eastern and Western Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific; UPS acquires eight European package delivery companies.

1988

UPS launches its own airline and extends its international air service to 41 countries in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.
1985
UPS began first intercontinental air service between U.S. and Europe.

1982

Next Day Air service is established.

1976

UPS starts a domestic operation in West Germany.

1975

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.
1968
UPS established the Community Internship Program, sending top-level managers to live and volunteer in communities for four weeks.

1953

UPS Air is reborn with two-day service that connects major cities on the East and West Coasts.

1930

Three New York City retailers turn their delivery operations over to UPS and the company begins expansion into cities throughout the East Coast and Midwest.

1929

UPS begins world's first air express service.

1924

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

1919

The company expands its operations to Oakland, Calif., using a new name: United Parcel Service.

1913

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.

1907

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

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