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UPS Air Cargo Company

UPS or Untied Parcel Service, Inc. is now one of the world’s largest delivery companies catering to more than 6 million customers internationally. Historically, UPS, oriented initially as a private messenger and delivery service, was founded by James E. Casey (at that time 19 year old) and Claude Ryan (18 year old) at Seattle, Washington in 1907 under the firm name – American Messenger Company (Belman and White, p. 79). However, in 1913, Evert McCabe with his delivery car-Model T Ford- appeared as a competitor of Casey and Ryan.

In order to resolve the competition, the three proponents merged their firms under the name Mechants Parcel Delivery (MPD) (Hix, 2001 p. 334). According to Hallett and Hallett (1997), by 1915, MPD had four delivery trucks, five delivery motorcycles and 20 foot delivery personnels (p. 107). In 1916, Casey recruited Charlie W. Soderstrom to manage automobile-based deliveries, while his original partner – C. Ryan – sold company shares and moved into his insurance business in 1917 (Rushton and Walker, 2007 p. 147). MPD established another branch in Oakland, California in 1919.

However, MPD resembled a similar company name with one of San Francisco-based delivery firms; hence, Casey adopted the name United Parcel Service in the same year (Hallett and Hallett, 1997 p. 107). From then on, UPS expanded nationwide establishing their branches in Los Angeles (1922), San Diego (1927) and different areas at East Cost (1930). UPS continued to grow despite of war and by 1975, UPS had established their firms in 48 different states of U. S and began crossing outside boundaries to Europe and Germany (Rushton and Walker, 2007 p. 148). Last Aug, 28th 2007, UPS celebrated its centennial anniversary.

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