UPS Statement About Active Shooter Near Birmingham, AL

UPS can verify that there has been a shooting incident at a UPS facility outside Birmingham, AL, at approximately 9:40 am Central Time. Police were contacted, and UPS is offering full cooperation to verify circumstances and personnel on site.

Officers found the victims, including one person believed to be the shooter, who had died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper told reporters.

The motive was not immediately known, Roper said, adding that the shooter was wearing a UPS employee uniform.

The UPS Store Expands 3D Printing Across the U.S.

First Nationwide Retailer to Offer 3D Print Plans to Expand to Nearly 100 Centers Nationwide to Better Meet the Needs of Small Business Owner

Following the successful launch of 3D print in six markets across the country, The UPS Store® is expanding 3D printing services to meet the growing demands of its small business customers to nearly 100 additional locations nationwide.

As the first nationwide retailer to offer 3D printing services in-store, in collaboration with Stratasys, The UPS Store continues to evolve its services to better meet the needs of small business owners. Over the past year, the six locations saw demand for 3D print continuing to increase across a broad spectrum of customers. This upward trend is in line with the 3D print industry, which also experienced rapid growth. In fact, the 3D print service provider sector increased by 21 percent last year, according to The Wohlers Report 2014.

UPS Plans Mobile Villages to Add Peak Shipping Capacity – Bloomberg

United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS), working to prevent a repeat of 2013’s holiday crunch, plans to open 14 temporary shipping facilities it calls “mobile distribution center villages” to help expedite deliveries.

The groups of modular structures — similar to portable school buildings, pieced together in parking lots with dozens of bays that UPS trucks back up to — are part of $500 million in capital spending being expedited for the seasonal holiday peak. The temporary villages will let UPS operate for longer hours and give drivers convenient access to sorting and pickup facilities, Mark Wallace, vice president of engineering, said yesterday.

“All of these facilities and expansions, this is unprecedented work,” Wallace told reporters at UPS’s headquarters in Atlanta. “We really haven’t gone to these extremes.”

FedEx warehouse workers in Canada join union in North America first – Reuters

Workers at a FedEx Corp warehouse in western Canada have successfully unionized, the first employees besides pilots at the package delivery company to organize in North America, a local Teamsters union said on Wednesday.

The majority of dock associates at FedEx Freight Canada in Surrey, British Columbia, signed cards with the Teamsters stating they wish to be represented by the union. The Teamsters already represent Canadian workers at rival shippers United Parcel Service Inc and Purolator, a Canadian courier majority owned by Canadian Post Corp.

The Teamsters were certified by the Canada Industrial Relations Board on Monday, the union said.