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The Facts Behind United Parcel Service’s New International Game Plan – Motley Fool

Soon-to-be United Parcel Service (NYSE: UPS ) CEO David Abney told Reuters earlier this month that expansion in emerging markets is “our No. 1 priority.” So far the courier giant has focused more on its home market, which has led its international revenue to stagnate in the last few years. But market conditions are changing fast, and the company ultimately expects 95% of consumers to live beyond the U.S.

UPS realizes that it has to step up its international game if it wants to generate sustainable growth in the years to come.

UPS Tackles New Trends in Retail and Healthcare – The Street

In an exclusive interview, Brian Sozzi sat down with UPS Chief Financial Officer Kurt Kuehn to find out how the company is addressing new societal demands. From increasing the number of green vehicles on the road to investing in capacity to handle more online orders during the holidays, UPS has a multitude of interesting initiatives on the table.

The rise of the “Quiet Giant” – Socialist Worker

UPS FACED a crisis in the late 1940s and early 1950s. The company’s traditional business model was increasingly out-of-sync with the rapidly changing retail business market. The crisis was so severe that the very future of the company was at stake. Yet not only did UPS survive the crisis–it dramatically shifted its business strategy and, during the following two decades, emerged as one of the rising giants of the shipping industry.

What was the source of the crisis, and how did UPS survive it?

UPS founder and still-serving CEO Jim Casey saw the potential for different type of business market that the company could gobble up: “The vast field of distribution for wholesalers and manufacturers appears to be wide open for us.”

UPS and the “outlaw” strike of 1946 – Socialist Worker

UPS MADE an early leap into New York City’s retail delivery business.

With its dominance established on the West Coast, in 1930, it set up its delivery operations in Manhattan and aspired to become the premiere delivery service for all of New York’s leading and popular department stores and specialty shops. By the end of the decade, it had largely succeeded–it was the delivery service for over 350 of the city’s leading retail businesses. It continued to expand during the war years, and one year after the end of the Second World War, UPS got the jewel in the crown of New York’s retail trade–Macy’s, the city’s oldest and most venerated department store.

This seemingly innocuous takeover of Macy’s delivery service, however, set off a chain reaction of events that shut down UPS for 51 days in the fall of 1946 and overturned the leadership of the local Teamsters union.