TED at UPS 2015

29 articles

TED@UPS: Taking Trash Talk to a Whole New Level

Globally, there is a huge amount of organic waste. What can we do about all that methane?

Summary: Thirty years ago, I was a young engineer, working as a volunteer in Indonesia, trying to prevent the rice stored in warehouses and on loading docks from rotting. The basic challenge was this: rice stored in a pile tends to decompose into fertilizer and methane gas, leaving less rice for people who need it […]

TED@UPS: I am the Donation

The best donation we can make is often ourselves.

Summary: When Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance, approached my employer to ask for support, it probably expected help in one of two forms: either direct funding in the form of a check or a donation of goods or services. My company took a different path – something unusual in the world of global corporate philanthropy – […]

From Scrapper to Success

Regina Hartley discusses the idea behind her TED@UPS talk in a Q&A with Teri McClure.

On Tuesday Nov. 24, 2015, Regina Hartley’s TED@UPS talk was featured as the Talk of the Day on TED.com. In honor of this, Teri McClure, Chief Legal Officer and Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Employee Communications and Labor Relations, sat down with Regina a few days beforehand to dig a little deeper into what it really […]

TED@UPS: The Global Business Next Door

By staying on the exporting sidelines, small businesses pass on the majority of the world’s customers and leave growth opportunity on the table.

Summary:  When most of us think about successful international businesses, we think of global conglomerates and the world’s largest corporations, many of whom actually have the word “international” in their names. But a small business with fewer than 50 employees? Or a family-owned-and-operated business with a single location? Those are not the types of businesses […]

TED@UPS: Turning Skeptics into Believers

How did we finally succeed in creating the world’s largest operations research project?

Summary: The German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer once said, “Truth passes through three stages: ridicule, violent opposition and, finally, acceptance as if self-evident.” After devoting almost a decade of my life to a project that goes by the acronym ORION, I believe many innovative ideas must clear the same gauntlet before skeptics become believers. ORION began […]