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Brian O’Shea got a job with UPS during college, and never left. He worked his way up the management ranks, doing important undercover theft work up and down the East Coast.

In late 2008 he was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer. He kept working through brutal chemo. In fact, he used vacation days for treatment. When his supervisor encouraged him to take disability leave, he refused. His motto: “I live for my work.”

“Brian was so proud when he signed the paperwork UPS sent in December,” his siter Sharon recalls. “He was very happy, knowing UPS would take care of his 4 children after he died. They each would receive a monthly stipend for 10 years. That would be a life-changer for them. He had total belief in UPS, and was so dedicated to them.”

Brian died February 21.

“Someone in Atlanta headquarters said that because he died 7 days before he officially retired, he was still an employee, so he was not entitled to retirement pay.”

Experts: New UPS Dimensional Weight Pricing Will Have Significant Impact – Multichannel Merchant

Generally the switch to dimensional weight pricing is in response to rising fuel costs and the increasing popularity of online shopping. As products shipped from online marketplaces like and eBay are often smaller items packed in larger boxes, they can take up a lot of space on delivery trucks but are priced at lower rates.

Doug Starcke, managing partner of First Flight Solutions, a parcel spend management company made up of former UPS and FedEx employees, said the moves by the major carriers will likely lead to double-digit cost hikes for shippers when annual rate increases are factored in.

“In 2007 UPS and FedEx went to dimensional pricing for packages over 3 cubic feet, so this is just a continuation of that trend,” Starcke said. “That one hit companies shipping large items like furniture, and now everyone is getting dinged, including the guy shipping a T-shirt or pair of shoes.”

8 Ex-Workers Claim Bias in Suit Against UPS – New York Times

A group of eight current and former employees of United Parcel Service in Kentucky have sued the company, claiming they faced racial discrimination, poor treatment based on race and retaliation after they complained. The men also contend that an effigy of a black UPS employee hung from the ceiling outside a manager’s office for four days.

New UPS CEO plans expansion in emerging markets, services – Reuters

The incoming head of United Parcel Service Inc said on Friday the world’s largest parcel delivery company will continue investing to build capacity in emerging markets and to expand its services, especially in healthcare, its fastest-growing segment after e-commerce.

Chief Operating Officer David Abney, 58, named on Friday to succeed Chief Executive Scott Davis on Sept. 1, also said the company would make acquisitions to build its capabilities overseas, and didn’t rule out large deals.

Expansion in emerging markets is “our number one priority,” Abney said in a telephone interview.

UPS Names Abney as CEO Amid Revamp After Holiday Crunch – Bloomberg

United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS) promoted Chief Operating Officer David Abney to chief executive officer as the world’s largest package-delivery company reshapes U.S. operations after a surprise surge in online Christmas shopping.

CEO Scott Davis, 62, will retire effective Sept. 1 and become non-executive chairman as Abney, 58, assumes his new role, Atlanta-based UPS said today. The new CEO began his 40-year UPS career as a part-time package loader.

Abney will take over at a crucial time, as UPS heads toward the height of the holiday e-commerce rush that overwhelmed the company with last-minute shipments in 2013. He led the team that reviewed UPS’s response, which spawned a $100 million, multiyear push to expand some parcel facilities and accelerate use of new technology to make delivery routes more efficient.