Supply Chain Integration on United Postal Services (UPS)

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Founded in 1907 as a messenger company, United Parcel Service has grown into a world renowned provider of specialized transportation and logistics services. This multi-billion corporation enables and manages the flow of goods, information, and funds to over 200 countries and territories around the globe (, 2013). Air, freight, oceanic is just a few of the modes that UPS uses to move the flow of goods around the globe. The company structure of UPS entails operations in three segments: U.S. Domestic Package operations, International Package operations, and Supply Chain & Freight operations. It’s just about an everyday occurrence to see an brown UPS truck on the road as we go about our everyday lives, the U.S. Domestic Package operations are comprised of delivery of documents, packages, and letters around the United States. The International Package operation delivers specifically outside the United States. Providing deliveries to the world’s major business hubs up to three times a day, UPS can deliver packages to at the best time possible for their customers. UPS has teamed up with the U.S. Commercial Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, to help customers get started exporting or increase their sales to new global markets (, 2013). Partnering within a supply chain can prove to be very important in the success of the overall supply chain. Communication within a supply chain that flows freely between partners reduces in-efficiencies such as excess inventory (bullwhip effect), and lost profits. The Supply Chain & Freight operation within UPS entails forwarding and contract logistics operations and UPS Freight. As a freight forwarder they organize shipments from various sources to their final p... ... middle of paper ..., 2005). The key to the success of this partnership between UPS and Adidas is the single, streamlined (integrated) supply chain that allows them to view all aspects/processes within it and to adjust when and wherever necessary. Visibility throughout the entire supply chain process produced results for Adidas by increasing order accuracy, improved customer satisfaction, and a boost in on-time deliveries. Flexibility is the key process that is needed in the supply chain integration processes, the ability to ramp up or ramp down operations can make a world of difference in operations and meeting customer demand. Works Cited (2013). UPS History. Retrieved from (2005. Adidas goes for the Gold in Customer Service. Retrieved from

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  • Explains that united parcel service is a multi-billion corporation that manages the flow of goods, information, and funds around the globe.
  • Explains that they spoke briefly about supply chain integration while discussing the structure of united parcel service, but what does it mean?
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