On a bronze plaque embedded in a sidewalk at Second Avenue and Main Street in Seattle, WA, are inscribed these words: In August 1907, in a 6 by 17 foot office under the original sidewalk here, a few messenger boys began the business which their many thousand successors extended throughout the vast regions of our country covered by United Parcel Service today. Exemplifying the opportunities open to private citizens under the Constitution of the United States of America, this plaque was placed in January 1967, with the cooperation and appreciation of the Seattle Historical Society. Our original name, American Messenger Company, was appropriate for the kind of business we began in 1907. In response to telephone calls received at their office under the sidewalk, messengers ran errands and carried notes, hand baggage, and trays of food from restaurants. They also delivered packages. They traveled by streetcars and bicycles for longer trips, and later used motorcycles.
Our Business Today
The UPS of today provides services far beyond package distribution. Our ground, air, and international network includes facilities such as UPS Worldport®. Located in Louisville, KY, Worldport is the largest fully automated package handling facility in the world. Our integrated network also includes the Chicago Area Consolidation Hub (CACH) in Hodgkins, IL, and state-of-the-art air hubs in Shenzhen, China, and Cologne, Germany. Although our core focus remains the distribution of goods—and the information that accompanies these goods—we do much more. We provide comprehensive logistics solutions to our customers so they can better serve their customers by concentrating on what they do best. From supply chain management that includes warehousing, distribution, and consultative services, to freight forwarding and brokerage services that facilitate global trade, to financial services and the flow of funds, UPS and its diversified businesses are partnering with customers to meet their individual needs.