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

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

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6, 2012

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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.

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"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

Follow the Postal Service on and at
For broadcast quality video and audio, photo stills and other media resources,
visit the USPS Newsroom at

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

Contact: Postal Service: Darlene Casey, +1-202-268-3440,; UPS: Kara Ross, +1-202-675-1725,
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