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Opium ?[edit]

I would like to see this actually referenced as a FACT? UPS' site says they delivered many items Gnew18 00:41, 20 July 2007 (UTC)

I'd say its spam untill proven otherwise. - Redmess (talk) 07:44, 29 April 2008 (UTC)


Remote VPN Access Link?[edit]

Why is the UPS remote VPN access link in that article? AFAIK, that website is private. It also does not add anything to the article.Ryan 14:01, 4 August 2006 (UTC)

Good call, it should go. Shortfuse 05:24, 17 August 2006 (UTC)

Delivery Information Acquisition Device (DIAD)[edit]

I think that the main page should include some information on the tablet that all UPS drivers carry. There's some info here: http://www.computerworld.com/networkingtopics/networking/story/0,10801,101629,00.html that details the latest deployment that they are going to do, and another write up that compares thier approach with FedEx: http://www.cio.com/archive/060104/ups.html

Sillyness[edit]

I removed this sillyness: ", so that minor parking violations (endemic to the courier business) can be dismissed in court for incompleteness.[citation needed]" from trivia. UPS packages cars are not marked with the manufacturer's name due to it not having an advertising contract with the manufacturer. Some UPS Tractors are now bearing the Mack Bulldog.N9urk 13:53, 3 June 2006 (UTC)

Strikes[edit]

  • RJ had added a 1994 1-day strike to the list of UPS history. This was not a nationwide strike and only affected about 30% of the United States. There have actually been a large number of localized strikes at UPS, most recently a Canadian work stoppage in 2004. A comprehensive list of localized actions would overwhelm the article. This would be better explored in depth in a new article - perhaps about union/management relations at UPS or a list of strikes throughout UPS's history. --User:ssherris 15:35, Dec 16, 2004 (UTC)
    • "A comprehensive list of localized actions would overwhelm the article"? It's just one yet. - Jerryseinfeld 22:47, 16 Dec 2004 (UTC)
  • It's 2 so far - the 1994 strike plus the 2004 Canadian one. But it's inappropriate in a general article about the company because there are literally dozens and dozens of local strikes throughout the 95+ years of company history. The 1997 nationwide strike was a major turning point in UPS history and with regard to company/union relations and that makes it appropriate to include in a list of major events. A one day strike that affected a small portion of the country in 1994 does not qualify as "major". If you feel it's important, write a paragraph on strike history or union relations in the article. SSherris 20:31, 17 Dec 2004 (UTC)
      • I wouldn't want to overwhelm the article. It was just the other Teamster stike I remebered because there was a lawsuit and a counter (and 30% of the US is not the same as localized). Good point about '97 strike (in which Canadian workers did not participate). Sherris, if you don't mind, could you expounded upon this "major turning point"? It deserves more than just a list bullet. -- Rj 07:52, Dec 20, 2004 (UTC)
        • I agree - it does deserve more than just a list bullet - from Clinton's uninvolvement to the jump start of Fedex Ground to altered UPS/Teamster relations, it affected American businesses and company history. But as a UPS management employee, I don't feel like I can a) write a fair NPOV article on it b) represent the company in a way my own managers would be happy with c) represent the union in a way that wouldn't bit me in the future. I'd be happy to add insight to anything written though. Plus, I also wasn't with the company in 1997 so I don't have firsthand knowledge. See the List of Strikes article though - it covers some of what you're looking for. SSherris 23:16, 20 Dec 2004 (UTC)
      • The President did halt the pilots strike earlier that year. Could explore the differences here if it's not on another page. I didn't see any mention in the List of strikes pages... --Rj 05:16, Dec 22, 2004 (UTC)

UPS vs United Parcel Service[edit]

In 2003 when UPS unveiled its new logo, it formalized a policy that they had been implementing for a few years, of not referring to the company as "United Parcel Service". You can see this gradual transformation if you go to the UPS Pressroom archives and compare press releases from 1999, say, to those of 2004. While the company is still officially titled, "United Parcel Service of America, Co", it is not "known" as such any longer. Employees have been instructed to answer the phones as "UPS" and not "United Parcel Service", for example. Also notice that a major part of the logo change in 2003 involved removing the "package" - the box and strings - that had been part of various logos since the company's inception. This is part of the company's strategy to diversify beyond parcels and into capital, logistics, freight, etc. SSherris 21:04, 17 Dec 2004 (UTC)

  • Good insight, do you work for UPS or know someone? (The odds are not bad given the size of company) The change makes sense with all that the company does although package delivery is still the core business. As you say, the company is officially titled the same and the change is more a new marketing "look and feel" brand to reflect their evolving capabilities. We shouldn't change the name of this article. That would almost make Wikipedia seem like a marketing piece for UPS? I suggest rather that the changes be described in one of the introductory paragraphs because it is important. (Could be the largest global rebranding in corporate history with all trucks, planes, facilities, uniforms, etc...) --Rj 08:22, Dec 20, 2004 (UTC)
  • Thanks - I do work for UPS. The company title is more a reflection on incorporation laws - UPS actually owns hundreds of companies that are otherwise seamlessly integrated with the parent, but for tax or tarriff or other such laws, there are multiple entities. For example - UPS is a separate company in each of the 200+ countries it operates in (Japan, Korea, Brazil, Bahamas, Canada). Plus, UPS in the US is made of 3 companies (NY, OH, and Corp) plus all of its subsidiaries. I disagree that changing the name would make Wikipedia a marketing piece for UPS. Look up BellSouth Mobility. It will redirect you to [Cingular Wireless]] because the company decided to reinvent itself. That just reflects reality. Would the rebranding make a good article? Again (see the strike) I don't think I could write a good NPOV article and I'd always be uncomfortable that I wrote a marketing piece because of my position. SSherris 23:16, 20 Dec 2004 (UTC)
  • UPS' site still has United Parcel Service in the copyright statement. Sykil 00:51, 2005 July 17 (UTC)


Hubs[edit]

Anchorage, Alaska is listed in various UPS press releases as UPS's central hub for all packages transiting from the US to East Asia. As such, I would guess it should be listed in the table of hubs. However, I can't find any references to the hub identifiers (even the ones listed in this article) anywhere on UPS.com or anywhere else on the Web (with the exception of Wikipedia mirrors), so I didn't want to add it to the table. Anyone who work for UPS know about this? (See the section I added re: the UPS hub in the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport article--can you confirm the size of the hub in terms of packages per hour, etc.? cluth 07:24, Apr 30, 2005 (UTC)

  • I only see one hub (Redmond WA) in the western half of the US...I would assume the list is generally incomplete, but I don't know where to find a full one to copy either. Not to mention international hubs. Willhsmit 22:08, 9 August 2005 (UTC)
  • I added Ontario CA, which always has a bunch of UPS aircraft on the tarmac, and which appears on the waybill for a UPS shipment I got today. SimonG 8/17/05

The hub list is far from complete. If it keeps getting added to, maybe it should be moved to a new page? I reordered it by SLIC numbers. ASchmoo 06:42, 6 September 2005 (UTC)

I question the hyphenation of the hub SLICs (sort codes). The only time a SLIC is hyphenated is on a package label - and only then for readability - UPS internally uses just the plain number. -armchairexec 11.04.2005

  • I added a few hubs in Asia and Pacific which were found in a list on UPS website. However, that list is incomplete and only represents the major ones. Tomj 14:12, 7 May 2006 (UTC)

Timeline/Corporate Spam[edit]

It looks to me like a ton of corporate advertising got dumped into this article, especially the timeline. Anyone have any opinions on what should go and what should stay, or is it all relevant? ASchmoo 21:31, 3 November 2005 (UTC)

The timeline looks like a probable copyvio to me, but I wasn't able to find any matches on the web... -SCEhardt 00:04, 8 November 2005 (UTC)
I removed the entire timeline since it was 99.9% a direct copyvio from upsers.com and very POV. ASchmoo 19:46, 28 February 2006 (UTC)


The timeline is from upsers.com, as is the trivia fact about the broadway play. There is an entire page devoted to company history.

Is the link to BuyBlue.org appropriate? One user in particular keeps re-adding this link to the article but I do not think it is relevant to the nature of the article - ie, UPS' operations and history. Also, I doubt BuyBlue.org espouses a NPOV, so linking to it, IMO, adds a certain bias. -armchairexec

I don't think it should be in the article. The user who keeps adding it seems to exist for the purpose of promoting the website. (contribs) In addition, the site says "BuyBlue.org supports businesses that share our progressive values and ideals."[1] so clearly not a NPOV link. -SCEhardT 00:51, 29 November 2005 (UTC)


In 2005, UPS was among 53 entities that contributed the maximum of $250,000 to the second inauguration of President George W. Bush.

Are political contributions of a corporation relevant, because this is the first article about a corporation that I have seen containing a 'factoid' on political contributions in the timeline, a political contribution does not merit enough significance for inclusion in a timeline, it should be removed completely or have a new home found for it somewhere else on the page. --Irishman76m (talk) 23:32, 14 October 2008 (UTC)

Buyblue.org[edit]

Political contributions of corporations are very relavent to the make up of the UPS organization. If you have a better link that shows political contributions please add it to the wiki page. I am only linking to buyblue.org unbiased write up of the organization. It simply has a brief description of the company with no bias, and the political contributions in the last election cycle. Simple and plane as day. I do not see any problem with this. I hope you do not feel threatened by this information. It's nothing to be ashamed of or proud of. It is simply fact. If you would like to get a moderator to figure this out that would be fine. Until then I will keep editing the page if you un-edit it. I am prepared to defend my edit.

I disagree. The fact that the only change you have made to several other pages is the addition of this link proves that you have an ax to grind. Your intentions are not without bias and thus, your link is inappropriate. If you link to a more neutral political donations website (which I doubt exists) that would be acceptable. Or instead of hiding the link with a general "UPS political contributions" try a different wording that mentions the viewpoint espoused by the website. -armchairexec
Although political contributions in general are a useful resource, I don't like the idea of such a POV website being linked. Where does BuyBlue get this info? Is it available on a government website? -SCEhardT 21:08, 29 November 2005 (UTC)

Here is where buyblue get's it's information. To answer your question, yes it is a government source. And I quote from buyblue.org:

"To ensure that the ratings are truly comparable, we adhere to a strict research protocol involving the following three sources: Hoovers.com; Federal Election Commission; and the Center for Responsive Politics. On Hoovers.com, we find the names of the top three key executives in a chosen company, as well as the names of executives of the company’s subsidiaries. We also get short company summaries, company addresses, phone numbers, fax numbers, and company websites from this site. The company websites help us identify top officers. We research all of these sources to make sure our information is accurate and up to date. When BuyBlue.org tallies political contributions, we get our information from the Federal Elections Commission site. We only consider donations from the three senior executives identified by the company website and by Hoovers.com, and any donations from Political Action Committees (PACs) associated with the company. We also count donations from spouses of senior executives, but only when we can confirm the relationship beyond a reasonable doubt. We never count contributions from rank and file employees in our data. We use The Center for Responsive Politics site to gather PAC information about a company because their presentation makes it easy to identify the distribution of the contributions of PACs between Democrats and Republicans. For each PAC we find, we summarize the spending for the election cycle and provide a link to opensecrets.org so you can examine the details if you wish."


Removed text[edit]

Tonight, I moved this sillyness out of the article: *According to the Seattle Underground Tour and the books it is based on, UPS started as messenger service whose clients were primarily prostitutes and their solicitors.


I have never heard this, but I did hear rumor that the early company meetings were held in a bar.


I removed the following text from the article namespace:

Transportation and Freight - One source, operating in over 120 countries and territories, with resources in air, ocean, rail and road.
Logistics - A single-source solution from worldwide distribution to post-sales service parts logistics.
International Trade - Customs-specific knowledge and expertise can help simplify the complexities of international trade management, from excellent customs brokerage to compliance consulting and managed services.
Consulting Services - Real-world strategic direction and counsel that help companies align their supply chain operations with their business strategies.
Industry Solutions - UPS Supply Chain Solutions can provide solutions to industry-specific problems including automotive, consumer goods, government, healthcare, high tech, industrial manufacturing, retail, and many other industries.

The text appears to be mostly a direct copyvio from [2]. - orioneight (talk) 02:38, 4 December 2005 (UTC)

I removed some dumped text about the airplane makeup - JamesCox

POV[edit]

This article, from the fourth paragraph through the timeline, reads like a PR brochure. I would refer you to FedEx's entry for an example of a more nuetral and informative article. I intend to write an alternative entry in the weeks to come.UPSer 21:16, 23 December 2005 (UTC)

I agree completely. It needs a complete reworking to avoid sounding like blantant PR drivel. Good luck with it. ASchmoo 07:36, 24 December 2005 (UTC)
A significant amount of it was copied directly from UPS's website, which would explain why. I'm deleting some parts that are straight copies. Night Gyr 04:58, 4 January 2006 (UTC)

Is this site POV? http://unitedpackagesmashers.com/?page=packages.php DyslexicEditor 14:07, 17 March 2006 (UTC)

I dont think so -- seems pretty neutral to me in that it just allows people to post whatever, which could be one way or the other... I included it in my Section 9 addition along with some other stuff. --Shortfuse 04:18, 27 May 2006 (UTC)

Removed reference to animal rights groups[edit]

I removed the following text. It's unsourced, POV, and this article isn't a newspaper article, it's an encyclopedia article, so this "controversy" is just too short-term to include.

UPS is currently the target of several animal rights groups, as it is the largest logistics firm still delivering to Huntingdon Life Sciences laboratories across the world. When prompted to sever it's ties with this organisation, it has repeatedly stated that it makes too much money from it's contract, and in private, bosses have stated that they will continue to put profits before the welfare of animals.

kmccoy (talk) 14:08, 7 January 2006 (UTC)

Package Cars[edit]

It should be noted that the package cars UPS are so famous for are not seen outside of the US (or possibly Canada). Here in Australia there are no UPS package cars. Of course, UPS is not nearly as common here, but they still have the trademark brown vans. The vans are almost all small 2.4L Toyota Hiace vans (picture something about 2/3 the size of a Ford Econoline), with manual transmissions. Very lame. Davez621 10:39, 13 February 2006 (UTC)

Seems you don't get out of Australia much. UPS Brown is seen in most countries, in fact UPS in Germany has been for many years and the same package car design and color are utilized there.

In Germany, we don´t have exectly the same design. The headlights are not round. They are square. And the backdoor is parted in two doors. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 178.200.172.168 (talk) 18:15, 28 August 2012 (UTC)

The squinty headlights used on the latest trucks in the USA are Oldsmobile Alero units. Google some high resolution pictures of both so you can zoom in, they're the same headlights. Did UPS buy up all the leftover headlights from GM or have they contracted with the manufacturer to produce new headlights? Bizzybody (talk) 01:02, 30 March 2014 (UTC)

When UPS entered the UK market they had a fleet of vans built by Mercedes based on the American designs. These certainly stood out on the street but not always for good reasons - they were impractically large for multidrop operation in UK residential streets, and the sliding front doors are amost unknown in modern vehicles and are perceived as dangerous. They are now adding some more conventional Mercedes panel vans to the fleet. --Ef80 (talk) 13:25, 1 March 2016 (UTC)

Trailer code numbers[edit]

I'm removing the trailer code numbers because it's not complete/entirely accurate, and seems unnecessary—The preceding unsigned comment was added by 24.18.242.14 (talkcontribs) .

Ground vs Air network[edit]

Should there be some differentiation between the ground and air networks? The example for how a ground package travels is correct, but air (especially 1DA) is handled much differently. I don't work in air operations so I don't know the specifics, but if anyone does it would be great if you could slip this in. ABA 08:37, 10 April 2006 (UTC)

Other services[edit]

Just wanted to register my hope that this article is added to in order to include information on UPS' other services (especially its so-called "solutions for small businesses") as this is one of UPS' defining characteristics in the 21st century (as well as a couple of other corps such as DHL).

Some great information can be found on the UPS' corporate website, and some interesting tidbits can be found in Thomas Friedman's The World is Flat as well.

Blue Crest 20:35, 12 May 2006 (UTC)

System Design[edit]

Ok, I've been looking at this article for a while, making a few tweaks here and there, but that huge list of hubs and center codes is an eyesore. I'd like to test the waters for moving that list to its own article. Adamkik 09:27, 15 September 2006 (UTC)

No response, so I decided to be bold and created United Parcel Service hubs. I moved the hub list tables to that article and linked to it in the System Design section. Adamkik 06:03, 19 September 2006 (UTC)
Good idea, I think it looks better this way. :-) --Shortfuse 23:45, 20 September 2006 (UTC)

Edits by UPS Employees[edit]

Today a UPS employee, using IP address 153.2.246.30, removed the entire crtics section from this article without consenus. According to ARIN, the IP address 153.2.246.30 traces back to UPS, meaning the edit was probably made by one of thier employees and judging by the content removed, in an attempt to remove information that they disagreed with in an attempt to whitewash the company. I reverted the edit and warned the user for vandalisim. Looks like we'll need to keep an eye out for this in the future, if this thing read like a PR flyer before it looks like a few would like to restore that reading. --Shortfuse 23:44, 20 September 2006 (UTC)

Are employees of a company (members of a club, performers in a band, etc.) supposed to refrain from editing articles about said group, or should they just be extra careful to stay neutral in their edits? Adamkik 03:54, 21 September 2006 (UTC)
Hmm, good question. From what I can find, I think it's OK to edit articles about your group, as long as you tread carefully... Wikipedia:Autobiography talks about editing articles about yourself, and there is a little more info at Wikipedia:Biographies of living persons#Dealing with edits by the subject of the article (and the very similar Wikipedia:Articles about ongoing enterprises#Dealing with edits by the subject of the article). Hope this helps. --Galaxiaad 04:59, 21 September 2006 (UTC)
No, they can still edit but they should ensure 1). that their edits reflect consensus and 2). at least try to look like they are being unbiased. When you review this user's edit history, he was also warned for putting "UPS IS A GOOD COMPANY" into the article as the third paragraph. Not exactly what one would call NPOV. I would say that anytime an employee of a company removes all information about said company which could be considered negative without seeking comment on the talk page first is really pushing the envelope to as great degree. --Shortfuse 15:04, 21 September 2006 (UTC)
I’m Craig, and I’m in the Communications department at UPS. I’m here to assist with any information requests, proposals, or factual clarifications that I might be in a good position to help resolve. I’ve read the history of edits and discussion here, and know that there has been UPS employee participation that’s been viewed as helpful to the page, and some that’s been viewed as problematic.
I’m new to participating in discussion pages but am aware of Wikipedia’s policies and guidelines and will abide by them. I understand the notion of maintaining NPOV and to that end I won’t directly edit any UPS-related page. I’ll strictly participate and make suggestions here on the talk pages, and will update this text if that changes for any reason. -- Cp ups (talk) 17:48, 2 September 2008 (UTC)

No mention of SonicAir[edit]

This entry makes no mention of UPS's SonicAir service (which is a same day service). --Navstar 16:50, 27 September 2006 (UTC)

Pending aircraft[edit]

UPS has firm orders for some Airbus 380's and Boeing 747-400, but they have not accepted delivery. Until the aircraft are delivered, I don't think they should be listed in the fleet. SquidSK (1MClog) 19:07, 1 October 2006 (UTC)

Manufacturers of package cars[edit]

In the trivia section it's mentioned that Grumman Olson is the manufacturer of all the package cars... this isn't true anymore. UPS has some new Freightliner trucks (with large package car bodies (longer than P13s), not Sprinter-style) that they use as well. Should this be changed? ABA 21:25, 8 October 2006 (UTC)

Brown Cafe Forum for UPS employees, retirees and shareowners[edit]

I understand and appreciate that spam is an eternal problem for wikipedia editors but respectfully request that you reconsider the link placement to the Brown Cafe forum as appropriate to the United Parcel Service article. The forum is not new, it was established by UPS employees in 1999 as a privately operated resource for UPS employee and shareowners. In my opinion wikipedia should not use this type of page for distribution of corporate pr information but could also allow outside resources which are completely on topic.

I have reviewed the external link guidelines and believe that this link is appropriate for and valuable addition to the subject matter.Styleanddesign 20:57, 19 February 2007 (UTC)

It is not a question of appropriateness or the quality of your webpages. My complaint about the external browncafe.com and conductdisorders.com links are that they are both owned by User talk:Styleanddesign (you). This sort of self promotion violates Wikipedia policy. If some other member of this discussion page wants to add a browncafe.com link then that would be fine by me. (Requestion 22:17, 19 February 2007 (UTC))
I'm not super familiar with the external links policy, but Brown Cafe is a pretty popular site, and the most popular forum for talking about UPS (mostly employees). So it's not just Styleanddesign trying to promote his/her own site. (I think unofficial sites are mostly barred from external links when they violate copyright, right? And this doesn't.) OK, after looking at the policy... er... guideline, it says "discussion forums" are normally to be avoided in external links. So I guess maybe it shouldn't be linked, although the site is a bit more than a forum. --Galaxiaad 23:45, 19 February 2007 (UTC)
I have reverted my removal of the browncafe.com link. I made a bad judgement call. Sorry for any harm I caused. (Requestion 17:39, 21 February 2007 (UTC))

Ground network[edit]

As someone who has been interested in how packages move and who has been interested in rail transport, I thought it might be worthwhile to start assembling a list of routes that UPS uses rail transport on. According to a US News and World Report article: "'Whenever we have a package sent via our ground service that's going to run 700 miles or more, we will always look for a railroad option,' says UPS spokesman Norman Black. 'It is the most efficient and environmentally effective way to move that kind of distance.'"

I'm putting it here because it's just a baby project and I didn't want to stuff it in the main article without seeing if it was worth including.

  • BNSF Z-WSPRIC[3]: Willow Springs, IL (Chicago Area Consolidated Hub, Hodgkins, IL) to Richmond, CA (North Bay Hub, North Bay, CA)
  • BNSF Z-MEMRIC (and Z-RICMEM?): Memphis, TN to Richmond, CA
  • BNSF Z-WSPLAC (and Z-LACWSP?) [4]: Willow Springs, IL to Los Angeles, CA (Vernon, CA--not listed in hub list)
  • BNSF Z-WSPSBD (and Z-SBDWSP?): Willow Springs, IL to San Bernardino (?--I do not think this is a UPS train)
  • BNSF Z-LACNYC: Los Angeles, CA to New York City(?) via Willow Springs and Norfolk Southern Ashland Avenue yard?[5]
  • CSX Q109/Q110/Q158 North Bergen, NJ to Willow Springs, IL[6]
  • NS ??? (transfer run) Willow Springs, IL to NS Chicago Ashland Avenue yard?[7]
  • (not sure of the rail codes) 1 trailer per day from LEXKY to EDINJ via Avon, IN railyard (suburb of Indianapolis). Trailer departs Lexington, KY ca 2300 M-F and arrives at Avon, IN railyard ca. 0300 and departs Avon ca. 0430.

There seems to be a lot of random info (mostly on amateur pages) on these trains if you plug in their identifying codes into Google, but finding new routes isn't easy. But I thought I'd put my findings here to see if this is worth pursuing. cluth 12:40, 5 March 2007 (UTC)

Also, FYI, in many areas of the country UPS hubs have their night sort on M-F (the Friday sort is to allow extra time to get the packages from the Hubs to the outlying centers). In some areas they are done S-T (to sync with rail schedules).

Intro[edit]

Anyone think this intro is a bit long? Information in almost all the paragraphs seem to be too in-depth for a general overview of the company. I would recommend re-writing most of the paragraphs except for the first into individual sections perhaps Vehicles Used, Corporate Acquisitions, and Competitors. The bit about the logo could be moved to history.

Thoughts?

Lasdlt 23:08, 15 April 2007 (UTC)

Agreed. So I moved all the "on this date, XYZ" info down to the history section where it belongs. The lead looks much more like a concise summary now. --shift6 20:33, 24 May 2007 (UTC)

Fuel economy section[edit]

Is the Fuel Economy section necessary? This seems like superfluous information that is just serving to bulk up the article. --SquidSK (1MClog) 05:42, 2 May 2007 (UTC)

Removed section regarding Canadian fees[edit]

Even after some attempt to remove POV language, this section still included strong POV language such as, What makes the entire process infuriating for the buyer, and Therefore, the Canadian buyer is usually in for a very rude awakening. It takes the buyer completely by surprise as even a relatively inexpensive item like a $10 CD may end up costing the buyer 3-5 times that amount. In addition, all the claims made were unreferenced bar a UPS fee schedule. While this section may or may not contain substantially correct information, it is not in keeping with Wiki policy in its current form and requires a substantial re-write. Warm regards, --Greatwalk Talk 10:35, 26 May 2007 (UTC)

Fair use rationale for Image:Ups-logo.gif[edit]

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Do not merge UPS with UPS Airlines[edit]

UPS Airlines contains a lot of different information. All Air Lines contain there own page...thats like saying Delta should be merged with Comair or United Airlines should be merged with United Express. UPS Airlines is official name of the airline. The airline is not called UPS. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 74.130.195.124 (talk) 04:10, 14 October 2007 (UTC)

I agree, the merge tags have been there since June and nobody has done it. Removing them. -- Hawaiian717 02:02, 8 November 2007 (UTC)

UPS Supply Chain Solutions[edit]

UPS first purchased Fritz Companies, a fairly large freight forwarder and shortly thereafter changed the name to UPS Supply Chain Solutions (went through several "trial" runs with the name before this one stuck... Fritz, A UPS Company, UPS Freight Services, etc.). Then a few years later after UPS was well into the "heavy freight" market they then purchased Menlo.

Seems odd that this detail would have been overlooked since it was my understanding that Fritz Companies was quite large perhaps even bigger then Menlo.

I worked for all these companies and was there throughout the whole transition, perhaps these details are not very public?... —Preceding unsigned comment added by Jplespaul (talkcontribs) 13:31, 8 November 2007 (UTC)

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"Fees for Canadians" section[edit]

Most of the references given for this section appear to be message board posts (i.e. emphatically not reliable sources. Is there any coverage in reliable sources to indicate that this section is notable enough criticism to merit its inclusion (and size) in this article? JavaTenor (talk) 07:25, 17 December 2007 (UTC)

I have added a reliable source now in the form of a CBC article. Even though the article is a little dated, it is still very accurate and relevant today. And the section is perfect with respect to its length. It discusses succinctly not only how the fees can be a headache for consumers but also how to get around it. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 70.54.78.236 (talk) 00:06, 3 February 2008 (UTC)


Earn and Learn[edit]

Any mention of the history of the earn and learn program. From what I understand this thing has been around a long time, I just used it for a quarter myself and it's the only way I can stand the job of sorting mail. Info on how much total has been contributed to the working man's college fun may prove interesting. --75.172.93.132 (talk) 10:19, 5 February 2008 (UTC)

UPS Driver Chris Tarantino[edit]

In the history section, removed:

"July 26, 2007: UPS Driver Chris Tarantino wears Brown for the last time"

Does not seem notable in any way shape or form, no rationale given for including this 'factoid'. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Ph0t0phobic (talkcontribs) 15:20, 23 February 2008 (UTC)

Removed unsourced statement[edit]

In most ways, UPS is considered by many users to be superior to the federal postal system...

Appears to be in breach of WP:AWT —Preceding unsigned comment added by Buffalo Bill (talkcontribs) 05:24, 5 April 2008 (UTC)

Facts and Statistics section?[edit]

I think that the Facts and Statisics setion is very similar, if not the same as a trivia section, which would be discouraged under Wikipedia guidelines and that the information in that section should be integrated into the rest of the article. Does anyone agree or disagree? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 99.251.249.207 (talk) 01:00, 18 June 2008 (UTC)

I'm sorry, I forgot to sign my previous comment. 99.251.249.207 (talk) 01:03, 18 June 2008 (UTC)

Tone[edit]

This article has some tone issues. It essentially reads like an extended press release. There are phrases like "UPS, as the worlds largest package delivery company with 94,500 vehicles in operation, faces extraordinary environmental challenges" and one that says the company is most generous giver to federal political campaigns. --Jtalledo (talk) 13:14, 29 June 2008 (UTC)

I agree, half of it is straight out of their marketing department. And where's the dirt on the company? I don't think this is accurate at all! E.g. under the environment section, is says UP "faces extraordinary challenges", citing a UPS "fact sheet". What a load of rubbish. In fact I'm deleting that right now.Wikidea 18:05, 30 July 2008 (UTC)

Linking To Worldport[edit]

Worldport, the UPS worldwide air hub in Louisville, KY, has its own fairly concise Wikipedia page([8]). Worldport is crucial to our operations, more so than some of the other information that already appears on the page, and I think there should be a brief explanation and link to that entry somewhere in the UPS entry. It could be helpful either in the introductory paragraph or under Company Structure. Here’s one possible place for it:

UPS also operates its own airline (IATA: 5X, ICAO: UPS, and Callsign: UPS ) based in Louisville, Kentucky (edit: where its Worldport hub([9]) also resides).”

Cp ups (talk) 19:39, 11 September 2008 (UTC)


I’d like to go ahead with this edit, if there’s no objection from an editor within the next 72 hours or so, I’ll go ahead with it. - Cp ups (talk) 14:44, 14 October 2008 (UTC)

Removing NPOV & Advert tags[edit]

The original tagger didn't add anything on the discussion page that says why he feels the page violates NPOV criteria. Since the NPOV tag "means that there is an ongoing dispute about whether the article complies with a neutral point of view or not" and there has been no discussion since the tag was added in August, that indicates to me that there's consensus that the article doesn't violate NPOV. With regard to the advert tag, I don't see anything in the article that jumps out at me as "UPS is great - oh my goodness what a fantastic company." It looks like a pretty straight description of the organization. CruiserBob (talk) 19:08, 7 October 2008 (UTC)

Pro UPS Slant[edit]

I have noticed there is no mention of contraversies in the article I know for a fact there to be some so whats with the slant?--209.181.16.93 (talk) 20:25, 8 October 2009 (UTC)

Corporate Green Washing[edit]

there should be mention of the new Carbon neutral shipments offered while i feel this is just greenwashing it doesnnt keep it from being notable but i know i cant write it without being POV because i am pissed at them as well as thinking of it as a greenwwashing.--209.181.16.93 (talk) 20:43, 8 October 2009 (UTC)

Car accident picture[edit]

I don't really understand why there was a picture of a small car accident in the article when it wasn't discussed. Seemed random, car accidents happen all the time.--WhereAmI (talk) 00:53, 23 September 2010 (UTC)

I added the picture as its shows a variant of the vans that they use. No other vehicle was involved & the van simply hit a traffic light. Please do not remove it again & i think it would be nice if you could message me with any concerns instead of just removing my images. Thanks--Jenkinslane (talkcontribs) 23:18, 24 September 2010 (UTC)

I agree with WhereAmI, what does the image add to the article? The type of truck is already shown as the primary focus of several other images. The picture does not have a main focus on UPS and it does not add or serve any purpose in the article. Spikydan1 (talk) 22:23, 24 September 2010 (UTC)

They are actually different types of vans ie not the same.--Jenkinslane (talkcontribs) 23:34, 24 September 2010 (UTC)

I took the photo back out. Showing a photo of a crashed van creates a needlessly negative image of UPS. Articles are supposed to have a neutral point of view, and showing a van that crashed adds bias to the article. --Beirne (talk) 22:59, 24 September 2010 (UTC)

Competitors[edit]

Under the competitors section, DHL Express should probably be listed too, and linked to that page. Sorry don't know how to do that yet. 68.175.59.239 (talk) 01:51, 7 November 2010 (UTC)

Why IS there a 'competitors' section? I looked over a few of the listed competitors, and none of them have a similar section... 203.217.150.69 (talk) 03:08, 21 January 2011 (UTC)

Unsourced Material[edit]

Please feel free to reincorporate into article with proper sourcing. Thanks. Doniago (talk) 18:38, 11 April 2011 (UTC)

Out-of-date info at linked webpage[edit]

Why does this page link to a webpage that offers out-of-date, incorrect info on Postal/Fed Ex/UPS holidays? (External links: U.S. Mail holidays – UPS holidays – FedEx holidays – Internet Accuracy Project) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Biographylibrary (talkcontribs) 20:16, 10 June 2013 (UTC)

done - link removed. 78.26 (I'm no IP, talk to me!) 20:19, 23 August 2013 (UTC)

"During Christmas 2013, a small percentage of United Parcel Service customers (as well as FedEx customers) experienced delays as a result of unprecedented last-minute online holiday sales. United Parcel Service did not deliver on Christmas Day, but Sorters worked Christmas afternoon and evening to load planes. Most affected shipments were delayed by one day. [11]"


Is this trifling piece of information really necessary. don't you Wikipedia people have to work> You have nothing else to do but write this insignificant nonsense? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 98.239.250.100 (talk) 19:03, 11 February 2014 (UTC)

Conflict with DHL[edit]

The first paragraphs in the UPS and DHL Express pages both claim that each company is the largest logistics company in the world. Which one is actually the largest? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 72.175.177.98 (talk) 15:46, 7 January 2015 (UTC)

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UPS Mail Innovations vs. UPS SurePost[edit]

I just reworded the paragraphs referring to UPS Mail Innovations and UPS SurePost to clarify that they are separate UPS products & operations. The two are commonly confused, especially in comparison to FedEx SmartPost (whose name is similar to SurePost but operationally is more like Mail Innovations). In fact, Mail Innovations & SurePost have little in common beyond (a) the UPS brand, (b) tracking through the UPS website (Mail Innovations also has its own website), and (c) USPS final-mile delivery. I'm detailing the differences here for clarity without overburdening the main article with both text & formal references:

  • UPS Mail Innovations (UPSMI) is a separate operating unit within UPS. It receives both mail and packages from shippers, then transports them through its own network of freight routes (which may OR may not be the same vehicles as UPS Freight, UPS Ground, or UPS Airlines) to UPSMI-specific hubs -- first one serving the shipper's area, then forwarded if necessary to the hub serving the recipient's area. From there, the UPSMI freight network delivers to various USPS facilities based on service level & volume -- including bulk mail centers (BMCs) and sectional center facilities (SCFs) where appropriate, but increasingly directly to the DDU (your local carrier unit) -- for final-mile delivery by USPS carriers. The main tracking number throughout this process is the USPS tracking number (though UPSMI also has its own internal number); there is NO option to divert the package to brown trucks (unlike SurePost). It basically operates exactly the same as its biggest zone-skipping competitors, FedEx SmartPost & DHL eCommerce US (fka Global Mail), as well as smaller consolidators like OSM Worldwide; they largely compete with USPS' own end-to-end services (First-Class Mail, Priority Mail, etc.)
  • UPS SurePost is a service offering of the main UPS business. Unlike UPSMI, SurePost packages (generally *not* ordinary mail) are picked up in brown trucks and delivered thru the UPS Ground network, just like any other UPS Ground package, until it reaches the destination UPS depot. Recipients enrolled in UPS' My Choice program can pay an additional fee (currently $3.50) on the UPS website to upgrade SurePost packages to full UPS Ground while in transit; otherwise the brown truck delivers the package to your USPS DDU for mail delivery the next business day. SurePost packages have *two* separate tracking numbers: a UPS number for UPS Ground handling, plus a separate USPS number (noted in the UPS tracking results) used SOLELY for the final mile (not used at all if upgraded to full UPS Ground). It's primarily geared at avoiding the extra costs of UPS Ground residential deliveries that led to the "residential surcharge" on those deliveries, which USPS doesn't incur as it visits every mailing address in America six days a week. (The $3.50 upgrade charge is roughly equivalent to the residential surcharge; consumers often pay it to avoid the delay -- usually one day -- in transferring the package from UPS to USPS.)

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