May 17, 2020

UPS: supporting road safety in logistics

Logistics
Transport
Georgia Wilson
2 min
UPS delivery diver taking parcel out of van
UPS donates US$550,000 to Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe, following its organisation of UPS Road Code driver safety workshops.

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UPS donates US$550,000 to Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe, following its organisation of UPS Road Code driver safety workshops. 

Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe, has been working with UPS since 2012 to develop safety training for novice and young drivers, driving the logistic company’s social commitments to passing on safe driving expertise. 

What are the training courses?

The training courses are aimed at young people who have not completed or have recently completed their driving test, who statistically are more frequently involved in accidents. The workshops are conducted by 19 experienced delivery volunteers from UPS and consists of eight modules last six hours in total. 

To date, over  58,000 novice drivers have participated in UPS Road Code training courses in Germany, the UK, Canada, China, Mexico, the US and the UAE.

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How is UPS utilising these training courses?

Before making any shipments UPS delivery drives learn the safe and defensive driving methods via the company's driving program. However, training doesn’t stop there, all drivers continue to receive training throughout the entire duration of their time at UPS. 

UPS safest drivers are members of the ‘Circle of Honour’. Members of the circle have had no avoidable accidents for 25 years or more. Currently UPS has over 10,364 delivery staff in this circle.

"UPS '125,000 deliveries are among the safest on the road worldwide. Every year, they drive more than 6 billion kilometers and deliver 5.2bn packages, "said Johannes Faller, UPS Operations Manager and Safety Officer for UPS Germany. "Our experience in safe driving is the foundation of UPS Road Code. We are proud to contribute to better educating young drivers about responsible driving. With this donation, we continue our successful and long-standing cooperation with Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe"

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Jul 22, 2021

Uber Freight to Acquire Transplace in $2.2bn Deal

UberFreight
Logistics
supplychain
Acquisition
2 min
Uber Freight’s acquisition of Transplace will supercharge parent Uber’s move into logistics and supply chain

Uber Freight is to acquire logistics technology and solutions provider Transplace in a deal worth $2.25bn. 

The company will pay up to $750m in common stock and the remainder in cash to TPG Capital, Transplace’s private equity owner, pending regulatory approval and closing conditions. 

“This is a significant step forward, not just for Uber Freight but for the entire logistics ecosystem,” said Lior Ron, Head of Uber Freight, and former founder of the Uber-owned trucking start-up Otto.

Uber’s Big Play for Supply Chain


Transplace is one of the world's largest managed transportation and logistics networks, with 62,000 unique users on its platform and $11bn in freight under management. It offers truck brokerage and other capacity solutions, end-to-end visibility on cross border shipments, and a suite of digital solutions and consultancy services. 

The purchase is the latest move by parent company Uber, which launched as a San Francisco cab-hailing app in 2011, to diversify its offering and create new revenue streams in all transport segments.

Transplace said the takeover comes amid a period of “accelerated transformation in logistics”, where globalisation, shipping and transport disruption, and widespread volatility are colliding. 

Uber Freight plans to integrate the Transplace network into its own platform, which connects shippers and carriers in a dashboard that mirroring the intuitive experience found in its consumer vehicle booking and food ordering services. 

“This is an opportunity to bring together complementary best-in-class technology solutions and operational excellence from two premier companies to create an industry-first shipper-to-carrier platform that will transform shippers’ entire supply chains, delivering operational resilience and reducing costs at a time when it matters most,” said Ron. 

Frank McGuigan, CEO of Transplace, said the resulting merger will offer enhanced efficiency and transparency for shippers, and benefits of scale for carriers. “All in all, we expect to significantly reduce shipper and carrier empty miles to the benefit of highway and road infrastructures and the environment,” he added. 
 

History of Uber Freight


Uber Freight was established in 2017 and separated into its own business unit the following year. In 2019 the company had expanded across the entire continental US, established a headquarters in Chicago. Later that year it launched its first international division in Europe, initially from a regional foothold in the Nertherlands, and later moving into Germany. 



The logistics spinoff attracted a $500m investment from New York-based Greenbriar Equity Group in October 2020, and launched a new shipping platform for companies of all sizes in May, partly in response to a driver shortage in Canada.
 

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