UPS or United Parcel Services primarily provides time-definite delivery of documents and packages all over the world. Its operations are divided into three segments: U.S. Domestic Package, International Package, and Supply Chain and Freight operations. U.S. Domestic Package operations provide time-definite delivery services within the United States. International Package operations provide delivery services to more than 220 countries and territories outside the United States. Supply Chain and Freight operations include freight forwarding and logistic services for more than 175 countries and territories worldwide. This segment also includes the UPS Capital and UPS Store.
James Casey founded the American Messenger Company in Washington on August 1907. Later on after services began, Casey merged with a competitor, Evert McCabe. Together, they operated Merchants Parcel Delivery and offered consolidated delivery services, sorting out packages addressed within a neighborhood to be delivered by one vehicle.
In 1930, delivery services expanded in New York City and in other major cities in the Midwest and in the East. In 1937, it was renamed into United Parcel Service as reflected in the company’s new logo. All their vehicles were painted brown.
In 1975, UPS had another major expansion, the headquarter was moved to Greenwich, Connecticut and started providing services to the 48 states of the U.S.A. on the same year, UPS began operating in Ontario, Canada with its headquarter located at Burlington, Ontario. Next year, it began its domestic operations in West Germany.
Acquisitions were made in 1992, HaulFast and CarryFast and in 2004, the Menlo Worldwide Forwarding, UPS rebranded these as UPS Supply Chain Solutions. Other acquisitions made after comprised the other segments the company offers.
In 2009, UPS became the first carrier for small packages in providing customers the chance to buy carbon offsets; it neutralizes greenhouse gas emissions produced from the transport of their packages. This service is part of their effort in lessening the company’s negative impact on the planet Earth.
As of 2013, UPS operates worldwide with over 96,000 vehicles and 2,745 of these vehicles use alternative fuel.