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BRUSSELS: February 22, 2018. DHL Express has a new €140 million, 36,500 sq.mt. regional hub at Brussels Airport that can handle 42,000 shipments an hour.

DHL HUB BRU 1Hub vice president Koen Gouweloose said the technology used in the facility allows his company to process even more packages even more quickly and efficiently.

"As a hub, this allows us to play an important role in the network, while paying close attention to security and working conditions for our 1,200 employees, who are in turn ensuring that our clients are receiving the great service they expect from DHL Express."

The state-of-the-art hub has also provided 200 new DHL jobs at the airport as the company is acknowledged for the fourth year as a leading global employer. The London-based HR validator and auditor Top Employers Institute has recognized DHL with its 'Top Employer Global' award after certifying the company's employment practices in 50 countries.

"Our people are everything at DHL Express. They form the backbone of our global transport network, they differentiate us from the competition by going the extra mile and most importantly, they deliver the customer experience," said DHL Express CEO Ken Allen.

"We continually look for new ways of engaging and motivating our people, both professionally and personally," he continued. "For example, our 'DHL's Got Heart' competition to reward those employees who devote their time to charitable causes has allowed us this year to recognize those who display tremendous personal commitment both at work and within the communities in which we operate."

Regine Buettner, executive vice president Global and Europe HR said the company employs about 100,000 international specialists worldwide and the HR function remains essential "to attract and retain talent, cultivating a network that operates 'As One', and helping our business to remain successful in a rapidly changing world".

DUBAI: May 09, 2017. UPS is to sponsor the logistics for World Expo 2020 Dubai, to be held between October 2020 and April 2021. The company has also handled logistics for the Summer Olympic Games in London 2012 and Beijing 2008.

UPS and Sheikh AhmedUPS said with more than 180 participation countries and hundreds of thousands of visitors on peak days, the Expo would be one of its most complex logistics projects involving 1,000 employees and 27,000 square meters of warehousing.

"We plan to expand UPS's presence in the region by establishing capacity, technology and staff capabilities to serve customers shipping to and through Dubai, long after the Expo concludes," said UPS chairman and CEO David Abney. "An undertaking of this scale and sophistication requires a next generation network that is smart, efficient, and integrated. We share a vision of what the logistics of tomorrow will look like."

Emirates Airline chairman, and chairman of the Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, signed the agreement with Jean-Francois Condamine (left of picture), UPS president for India, the Middle East and Africa.

The Expo 2020 theme 'Connecting Minds, Creating the Future' is also supported by Emirates Airline, Accenture, Etisalat, DP World and SAP.

"Mobility is one of the key pillars of Expo 2020 Dubai," commented Reem Al Hashimy, UAE minister of state for International Cooperation and director general, Expo 2020 Dubai Bureau. "We see it as the bridge to opportunity by connecting people, goods and ideas and providing easier access to markets, knowledge and innovation. UPS will play a key role – not only during Expo 2020 Dubai but long after the doors close in 2021," she added.

ATLANTA, GA: March 15, 2017. UPS is to spend an additional US$90 million on expanding its U.S. natural gas fueling infrastructure and acquiring more compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) vehicles following a US$100 million investment last year.

In 2016 UPS used more than 61 million gallons of natural gas in its ground fleet, which included 4.6 million gallons of renewable natural gas, and reduced its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 100,000 tonnes.

The company currently operates 31 CNG fueling stations in 15 U.S. states and runs CNG vehicles in 38 states plus Germany, the Netherlands and Thailand.

UPS natural gas"With more than 4,400 natural gas vehicles and a network of fueling stations, UPS has had great results using natural gas as an alternative fuel in our fleet," said Mark Wallace, UPS senior vice president Global Engineering and Sustainability.

Since 2009, UPS has invested more than US$750 million in alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles and fueling stations globally.

In a coincident move, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced it is going to review the Obama Administration's 2022-2025 emissions standards for cars and light duty trucks.

"These standards are costly for automakers and the American people," said EPA administrator Scott Pruitt. Last week Pruitt denied human activity has contributed to climate change: "I would not agree that it's a primary contributor to the global warming that we see." As the former attorney general for Oklahoma, Pruitt sued the EPA 14 times.

Responding to Pruitt's climate change denial, The leading U.S. environment organization the Sierra Club has filed a formal complaint with the EPA's inspector general saying Pruitt has violated the agency's scientific integrity policy in multiple ways. The filing calls for an investigation into and resolution of Pruitt's comments on carbon dioxide's role in fueling the climate crisis.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the use of natural gas reduces man-made greenhouse gas emissions between six and 11 percent.

ATLANTA: February 21, 2017. UPS has successfully tested a drone that launches from an electric van, delivers a package, and then returns to the vehicle while the driver continues with deliveries.

Last year Mercedes-Benz announced a "multi-million dollar investment" in Matternet, the developer of autonomous drone systems, to create a similar integrated van/drone delivery system for small packages.

Combined with navigation routing software, UPS said it could save up to US$50 million a year on rural deliveries by integrating the use of drones in a driver's daily schedule.

UPS drone testing in rural Florida"Drivers are the face of our company, and that won't change," said UPS senior vice president of global engineering and sustainability Mark Wallace. "What's exciting is the potential for drones to aid drivers at various points along their routes, helping them save time and deliver on increasing customer service needs that stem from the growth of e-commerce."

With 66,000 delivery drivers on the road each day, UPS said rural delivery routes are the most expensive to serve due to the time and vehicle expenses required to complete each delivery.

"This test is different than anything we've done with drones so far. It has implications for future deliveries, especially in rural locations where our package cars often have to travel miles to make a single delivery," explained Wallace. "Imagine a triangular delivery route where the stops are miles apart by road. Sending a drone from a package car to make just one of those deliveries can reduce costly miles driven. This is a big step toward bolstering efficiency in our network and reducing our emissions at the same time."

UPS conducted the test in Florida with Workhorse Group, an Ohio-based battery-electric truck and drone developer. Workhorse built both the drone, capable of flying 30 minutes with a 10lb package, and the van.

Unlike previous occasions, UPS said its latest test shows how drones can be used as part of regular day-to-day deliveries.

Last year the company partnered with robotics manufacturer Zipline and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, to set up a drone delivery system in Rwanda. The government is now using 15 'Zips' drones to make up to 150 emergency deliveries per day of life-saving blood to 21 transfusion facilities in the western half of the country.

LOUISVILLE, KY: November 14, 2016. Maintenance workers at UPS Airlines have voted to strike after three years of unsuccessful negotiations. The mechanics say the company wants to reduce their health and retiree benefits.

Last month some 80 percent or 950 of the company's 1,200 Teamsters' members participated in a mail-in ballot and 98 percent voted in favor of a strike following the picketing of an Amazon distribution center in Jeffersonville, Indiana.

UPS mechanics"Dedicated aircraft maintenance workers are simply asking to keep the benefits they already have so they can keep UPS planes running effectively," said Tim Boyle, president of Teamsters Local 2727. "No one wants to strike, but members voted overwhelming to authorize a strike because UPS is refusing to work with us. We'll do whatever it takes to protect good, middle class jobs, our health and our families."

UPS responded saying: "It's important to understand that the vote does not give Local 2727 the right to strike under U.S. labor law.

"A strike is not possible unless authorized by the National Mediation Board. The vote is simply a routine show of solidarity common in many negotiations.

"The reality is, talks continue to progress under the control of the National Mediation Board. UPS continues to negotiate in good faith for a contract that is good for our employees, our customers and our company.

"We are confident talks will be completed successfully, just as they have during all previous negotiations with our mechanics," it concluded.

UPS pilots have also expressed "solidarity" for the proposed action. In a letter, Independent Pilot Association president Robert Travis said: "Please be assured that you have the full support of the 2,600 professional airline pilots who fly worldwide for UPS."

Last month UPS reported a year-on-year rise of 4.5 percent in net profit to US$3.67 billion for the first nine months of 2016. Revenue rose 3.9 percent to US$43.97 billion in the same period. For the third quarter ending September 30, the company saw net profit rise to US$1.27 billion compared to the same period last year on a 4.9 percent increase in revenue to US$14.9 billion.

The company has also ordered 14 B747-8s from Boeing for delivery between 2017 and 2020. The value of the contract, which includes options for 14 additional aircraft, was not disclosed.

"We're glad that UPS can afford to invest in beefing up its international fleet," said Jim Kelley, a 29-year aircraft mechanic at UPS's Louisville, KY gateway. "But if UPS can afford major capital investments and huge raises for top brass, then UPS can also choose to invest in the maintenance workers who do strenuous and dangerous work every day to make its success possible.

"No one wants to go on strike, but I voted to strike because UPS mechanics and our families deserve better from UPS," he added.

PITTSBURGH, February 08, 2017. FedEx Supply Chain has launched FedEx Fulfillment, an integrated e-commerce and transport platform for SMEs to manage multichannel orders and inventory from websites and online marketplaces.

FedEx Supply Chain, formerly Genco, provides U.S. businesses with integrated logistics solutions including warehousing, distribution, transportation, e-commerce fulfillment and reverse logistics. FedEx purchased Genco for US$1.4 billion in 2015.

Leutze-PaintingWith US$1.6 billion in annual revenue at the time of the acquisition, Genco was a self-described "forefather in reverse logistics – providing triage, test and repair, remarketing and product liquidation solutions" to technology, consumer, industrial, retail and healthcare customers.

FedEx said its new fulfillment platform will provide customers a degree of visibility to enable them track items, manage inventory, analyze trends and make more informed decisions by better understanding shoppers' spending behaviors.

"FedEx Fulfillment gives small and medium-sized businesses the potential to achieve profitable and scalable growth," commented Ryan Kelly, senior vice president, FedEx Supply Chain. "Online shoppers show deep-rooted loyalty to brands with fast shipments, easy returns, positive customer service experiences and flexible delivery options," he added.

In another same-day development, FedEx has delivered a painting commemorating the purchase of Alaska from the Russian Empire.

Painted by Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze, better known for Washington Crossing the Delaware painted in 1851, The Signing of the Alaska Treaty of Cession on March 30 1867 (right) captures the negotiations between Russian and American dignitaries.

Until today, the painting had never left the Seward House Museum in Auburn, New York.

However with the 150th anniversary of the 'Alaska Purchase' next month, Leutze's original painting has now made the trip to Alaska for the first time courtesy of FedEx where it will be exhibited in Fairbanks, Juneau and Anchorage before returning to New York.

ATLANTA: September 14, 2016. UPS says it plans to hire 95,000 extra staff to cope with an anticipated heavy increase in volume between November this year and January 2017.

The company says its hiring of full and part-time seasonal package handlers, drivers and driver-helpers has been a traditional entry point for permanent employment at UPS.

UPS UNICEF Between 2012 and 2014, over 37 percent of the people UPS hired for seasonal package handler jobs were later given permanent employment. Current CEO David Abney and three other members of the company's management committee started their UPS careers as part-time employees.

"For many it's an opportunity to earn some extra cash for the holidays," said Abney, who started loading trucks at night in 1974 while in college. "But with many of our holiday hires getting permanent jobs with us, it can also be a gateway to a career."

Permanent and part-time UPS jobs include healthcare and retirement benefits and at many company locations part-time employees in college are eligible to receive up to US$25,000 in tuition assistance through the company's 'Earn and Learn' program.

"We're ready to kick off our annual holiday hiring process, and need lots of great people for various positions on all shifts across the country," added U.S. operations president Myron Gray. "UPS delivers the holidays, and we also deliver some of the best temporary jobs in the country for tens of thousands of Americans."

On September 08, UPS was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) for the fourth consecutive year and the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index for the 12th straight year.

Companies are selected for the DJSI based on an in-depth analysis of various economic, environmental and social factors with an emphasis on long-term shareholder value.

Created in 1999, it was the first global index to provide complex benchmarks for measuring corporate sustainability.

ATLANTA: December 22, 2016. UPS has invested in Optoro, a technology company that helps retailers and manufacturers manage, process and sell returned and excess inventory.

UPS, which hasn't revealed the size of its stake, has joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Revolution Growth, Generation Investment Management LLP, Tenfore Holdings, Swan & Legend Venture Partners and the Maryland Venture Fund in a new US$30 million funding round.

The investment combines UPS's operational and logistics expertise with Optoro's software platform that aims to maximize recovery value while reducing environmental waste, according to the company.

OptoroUsing data analytics and multi-channel online marketing, Optoro determines the best path for each item while leveraging marketplaces across major digital platforms that include Amazon, eBay and Optoro's own BLINQ.com and BULQ.com retail websites.

"Retailers are facing a growing number of challenges, with the rise of customer returns being one of the most prominent, totaling over US$260 billion in value annually in the U.S.," said to Optoro co-founder and CEO Tobin Moore.

Optoro's returns expertise was recognized this year with the World Economic Forum's Circular Economy Award: "We are bringing innovation to a decades-old industry and disrupting the outdated retail returns process," declared company president Adam Vitarello. "Our current form of consumerism, buying and discarding items, is not sustainable. Our mission is to find a good home for every item, helping divert them from landfills and create a more circular and productive economy."

Traditionally, returned and excess items are shipped multiple times over the course of several months before reaching an end consumer, losing value and creating unnecessary pollution. During this process goods are often discarded through damage and end up in landfills. According to Optoro, In the U.S. alone this process creates four billion pounds of waste, uses 1.2 billion gallons of diesel fuel, and produces 12 million tonnes of CO2 from transportation.

UPS's busiest day of the year for returns will be January 5, 2017 when shoppers are expected to return 1.3 million packages, while over 5.8 million will be returned during the first full week of January.

BUDAPEST: August 24, 2016. Construction of a 13,000 sq.mt. terminal for DHL Express at Budapest Airport will begin in September and open in July 2017.

DHL has been in the Hungarian market for 25 years and currently operates a daily A300-600 freighter from Leipzig and a Boeing 737 from Brussels to the country's capital. This is the second investment by Deutsche Post DHL following the move by its freight forwarding division to a new facility at the airport's business park in 2013.

"We see this as yet another major step forward, not only for the airport, but for the growing Hungarian economy as well. This is another successful example of Hungarian-German cooperation, creating growth and new job opportunities in Hungary," said Budapest Airport CEO Jost Lammers.

DHL Budapest 1"The construction of the new DHL Express facility is an integral part of our BUD 2020 development program, which earmarks HUF50 billion for airport development over the next five years," he added.

Ferenc Liszt International Airport employs more than 10,000 people in 70 different companies. That number will increase by 300 with the opening of the new DHL terminal next year.

According to Zoltán Bándli, managing director of DHL Express Hungary, the value of the new greenfield investment will be €25 million, the largest in the CEE region: "It reflects our commitment to building a state-of-the-art facility, to optimize our business procedures and strengthen cost-effectiveness. The fully automated new sorting system and enhanced shipment processing capabilities will allow us to implement an even earlier courier departure and later courier arrival," he explained.

Noting the 20-year lease agreement for the new DHL terminal, Property and Cargo director for Budapest Airport René Droese said: "We have been working hard in recent years with our partners from DHL Express to tailor the project to their present and future needs. As a result, we have signed one of the biggest lease agreements in the Budapest real estate market this year. We see very promising trends in both the integrator and the cargo businesses so the airport is the best possible location for a new DHL Express base."

MEMPHIS: December 09, 2016. FedEx chairman and CEO Fred Smith has warned Donald Trump that failure to endorse a revised Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) would be a severe mistake.

FedEx trees for troopsSpeaking at the National Council on Competitiveness Forum in Washington DC this week, Smith suggested trade had already made America great – a Trump promise during his election campaign – "and expanding trade has been a bi-partisan pursuit for over 80 years. The failure to continue to do so would be a severe mistake with enormous consequences for America and the world," the FedEx founder added.

Noting calls for protectionism as a solution to a perceived, rather than actual, lack of U.S. economic growth in recent years, Smith pointed out what happens next with "the best example of protectionism from our own history": The Smoot-Hawley Act of 1930 raised tariffs on more than 20,000 items, contributed to a 66 percent decline in world trade from 1929 to 1934, and led to the Great Depression.

"In 1934, with the leadership of [U.S.] secretary of State Cordell Hull, Franklin Roosevelt overturned the Smoot-Hawley Act and established the trade policy the United States has pursued ever since—one of competitive, open markets," he explained.

In addressing the TPP agreement negotiated by the U.S. and 11 other countries and now ratified this week by Japan's parliament, Smith said a Trump administration should endorse a revised TPP by addressing any concerns it sees and make any additional improvements to promote trade, rather than restrict it.

In his wide-ranging discourse pitched at a level a Grade-school student could understand, Smith also said that while the NAFTA agreement could be updated and strengthened, Trump's threatened withdrawal would have massive economic repercussions and would be "catastrophic" for the U.S. economy.

LONDON: August 03, 2016. UPS, which reported a net profit of US$2.4 billion on revenue of US$29.05 billion for the first half of 2016, says it has achieved a goal of driving one billion miles on alternative fuels and advanced technology a year earlier than planned.

About 12 per cent of conventional diesel and gasoline used by UPS's ground fleet has now been replaced by renewables. The company is now driving more than one million miles each business day with its alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet according to Mike Whitlatch, UPS's vice president of global energy and procurement.

Company chairman and CEO David Abney added: "While attaining this goal is new, our commitment to seeking out alternative fuels actually dates back to the 1930s when UPS tested electric vehicles."

UPS HamburgUPS operates more than 7,200 vehicles in its 'Rolling Lab' including pedal power and electric-assisted bicycles in urban areas like London and Hamburg, or electric and hybrid electric vehicles in the U.S., to natural gas, renewable natural gas and propane power worldwide.

Since 2009, the company has invested more than US$750 million in alternative fuel, advanced technology vehicles, and fuelling stations. It says it has also learned a few lessons:

• Encourage innovation: What began as an approach has become an "ecosystem of innovation and progress" shaped by collaboration with suppliers, policy makers and other stakeholders.

• Adapt and tailor the solution: The best solution is not always the perfect solution. The fuels and vehicles that work in one region or one setting may not make sense in another.

• No substitute for real-world big data: UPS is able to see 30,000 delivery routes per minute through its On-Road Integrated Optimization and Navigation (ORION) system, which uses fleet telematics and algorithms to reduce the number of miles driven. The company expects it to help avoid driving 100 million miles a year, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 100,000 tonnes annually, and reduce fuel consumption by 10 million gallons a year.

• Unwavering leadership commitment: Long-term investments don't always pay off in the short term. "Economic and market forces are constantly changing, and the political environment that is necessary to foster investment and infrastructure development can be unpredictable."

• Partner, promote and report: Sharing progress with key stakeholders and partnering with alternative fuel and technology developers, non-profits, government agencies and industry trade groups is critical, UPS concludes.

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