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FedEx and UPS logistic companies bring supplies and aid to the Bahamas

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Following the destruction caused by Hurricane Dorian in late August 2019, multiple corporations have provided relief support to those impacted by the category five hurricane.

This week, two global leaders in logistics FedEx and UPS has committed to providing financial aid and transporting emergency supplies.

FedEx

Official FedEx operations began in 1973 with 389 team members distributing in the US. Today, Fedex operates worldwide and has over 450,000 team members. 

This week, as part of FedEx's '50 by 50' goal - helping 50 million people by its 50th anniversary - the company has teamed up with Direct Relief, International Medical Corps, Team Rubicon and Water Mission to provide US$500,000 worth of lifesaving supplies to hard-hit communities in the Bahamas following Hurricane Dorian.

“Many of the people in these hard-hit communities have lost everything and are in desperate need of help. On behalf of more than 450,000 FedEx team members around the world, we are proud to be able to use our global network to provide these lifesaving resources,” said Raj Subramaniam, president and COO, FedEx Corporation.  “We are inspired by the passion of these organisations and their commitment to making a difference in the lives of others, and we will continue to work with them as they help with recovery efforts.”

FedEx plane with relief supplies

Image source: FedEx 

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UPS

Founded in 1907, UPS is a multi-billion-dollar global corporation providing packaging delivery and specialised transportation and logistics services. UPS currently operates in over 200 countries and territories worldwide.

Along with FedEx, UPS announced its own commitments to support immediate needs and long-term recovery from Hurricane Dorian. The UPS Foundation – UPS Global citizenship programme – has committed to providing US$1mn towards the relief efforts. In addition to financial aid, UPS’ humanitarian charter flights delivered 20 metric tons of emergency supplies including shelter, hygiene and water purification supplies provided by UNICEF and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

“It’s times like this when we are most grateful and honoured to support the relief organisations and first responders helping to save lives and serve communities when they need us most,” said Eduardo Martinez, UPS chief diversity and inclusion officer and president of The UPS Foundation. “These efforts are just the beginning of our commitment to the long-term recovery of the impacted areas.”

Long-term the UPS Foundation will collaborate with a network of organisations including: American Red Cross, The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Bahamas Red Cross, UNICEF, Salvati9on Army, World Food Programme, St. Bernard Project, Toolbank, Team Rubicon, Good360 and MAP International.

UPS plane with relief supplies

Image source: UPS

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