UPS: How the World’s Largest Package Delivery Service Began - Market Realist A look at the UPS timeline United Parcel Service (UPS), originally called American Messenger Company, was founded in 1907 by 19-year-old James E. Casey with $100 borrowed from a friend. It started as a messenger service in the Seattle, Washington, area with just one bicycle. Most deliveries were done on foot. More distant ones were done by bicycle. In 1913, the company acquired its first delivery car, a Ford Model T. UPS took its first steps outside Seattle in 1919, when it expanded its operations to California and Oakland. In 1924, UPS became the first courier company to introduce the conveyor belt system for handling packages.