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Blue and Brown Make Green Public-Private Partnership Helps Customers, Environment, Bottom Line

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WASHINGTON , Dec. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a video address to a global audience, U.S. Postal Service Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer Patrick Donahoe, and UPS Chairman and CEO Scott Davis announced a unique partnership designed to offer better service to customers, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and optimize operational efficiencies.

"We've named our partnership 'Blue and Brown Make Green,'" said Donahoe. "By working together, the Postal Service and UPS are able to reduce costs, serve our customers better and achieve sustainability goals, such as reducing our carbon footprints."

"It certainly describes what the Postal Service and UPS have been working on together," said Davis. "The world is changing dramatically as we become a more global economy. And, it takes big ideas and bold moves to keep up. This collaboration to reduce the carbon footprint of our respective supply chains is the sustainability wave of the future," Davis added.

The Postal Service is the world's largest mail service, delivering nearly 40 percent of the world's mail to more than 151 million addresses in America. UPS is the world's largest package delivery company, and is one of the leading global providers of specialized transportation and logistics services. In 2011, UPS delivered more than four billion packages and documents to more than 220 countries and territories.

In the USPS/UPS partnership video Donahoe and Davis discuss their efforts to improve service to their customers, reduce costs and improve the environment. While USPS and UPS are keen competitors, they also are each other's customers.

USPS delivers many of UPS's packages through its "last mile" network which is leveraged to provide services including Parcel Select* and Parcel Return, the latter, a convenient service for UPS customers to drop returnable merchandise at Post Offices for UPS retrieval and return to retailers. Last year, UPS carried millions of pounds of USPS letter and package mail across the country and around the world on its extensive air and ground transportation networks.

"Our working relationship with UPS supports the Postal Service's goal to deliver mail at the lowest cost with minimal impact on the environment," added Donahoe. "It's a great template for how posts and private enterprises can work together to better serve customers, the planet and the bottom line. We hope our partnership can serve as a model for others to work together in new ways, whether they are competitors, collaborators, customers or all the above."

Donahoe and Davis concurred that by seeking opportunities to be cost effective and create a cleaner, more sustainable environment together, USPS and UPS can deliver a better and greener future for generations to come.

The Postal Service participates in the International Post Corporation's Environmental Measurement and Monitoring System (EMMS), the global postal industry's program to reduce its carbon footprint 20 percent by 2020 compared to 2008. UPS is providing sustainability data to USPS for that program. The USPS/UPS partnership video and EMMS report also can be found at

About USPS
A self-supporting government enterprise, the U.S. Postal Service is the only delivery service that reaches every address in the nation — 151 million residences, businesses and Post Office Boxes. The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses, and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations. With 32,000 retail locations and the most frequently visited website in the federal government,, the Postal Service has annual revenue of more than $65 billion and delivers nearly 40 percent of the world's mail. If it were a private sector company, the U.S. Postal Service would rank 35th in the 2011 Fortune 500. In 2011, Oxford Strategic Consulting ranked the U.S. Postal Service number one in overall service performance of the posts in the top 20 wealthiest nations in the world. Black Enterprise and Hispanic Business magazines ranked the Postal Service as a leader in workforce diversity. The Postal Service has been named the Most Trusted Government Agency for six years and the sixth Most Trusted Business in the nation by the Ponemon Institute.

The Postal Service has won numerous environmental honors, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) WasteWise Partner of the Year award in 2010 and 2011, the EPA's National Partnership for Environmental Priorities award in 2011, The Climate Registry Gold award in 2011 and the 2012 GreenGov Presidential Award. For more information about going green with USPS, visit

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About UPS
UPS was awarded the top score of 99 on the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index by the Carbon Disclosure Project. UPS also earned the number two ranking in the world for environmental leadership by Climate Counts. Corporate Responsibility magazine rated UPS number seven out of the 40 "Best of the Best" federal contractors, number one on climate change and number seven on the environment.

UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. The company can be found on the Web at and its corporate blog can be found at To get UPS news direct, visit

About International Post Corporation
International Post Corporation is a cooperative association of 24 member postal operators in Asia Pacific, Europe and North America. Over the past two decades IPC has provided industry leadership by driving service quality and interoperability, supporting its members to ensure the high performance of international mail services and developing the IT infrastructure required to achieve this. IPC engages in industry research, creates business-critical intelligence, provides a range of platforms for member post CEOs and senior management to exchange best practices and discuss strategy, and gives its members an authoritative, independent and collective voice. IPC also manages the system for incentive-based payments between postal operators. With members delivering some 80 percent of global postal mail, IPC represents the majority of the world's mail volume. For more information please visit our website.

*Parcel Select service provides commercial customers with an economical means of shipping packages. By taking advantage of the "first mile and last mile" strengths of the Postal Service, Parcel Select saves customers money by entering packages into the postal network closer to their ultimate destination. Parcel Return Service provides a service to commercial customers allowing them to easily and economically retrieve packages returned by their customers. Parcel Select and Parcel Return Services allow USPS to partner with privately owned delivery services to serve our respective customers' needs.

SOURCE U.S. Postal Service

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