10-K 1 ups-12312015x10k.htm FORM 10-K 10-K


UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
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Form 10-K
FOR ANNUAL AND TRANSITION REPORTS
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SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
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United Parcel Service, Inc.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)
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Delaware
 
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55 Glenlake Parkway, N.E. Atlanta, Georgia
 
30328
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UNITED PARCEL SERVICE, INC.
ANNUAL REPORT ON FORM 10-K
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
PART I
 
Item 1.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Item 1A.
Item 1B.
Item 2.
 
 
Item 3.
Item 4.
 
PART II
 
Item 5.
 
Item 6.
Item 7.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Item 7A.
Item 8.
Item 9.
Item 9A.
Item 9B.
 
PART III
 
Item 10.
Item 11.
Item 12.
Item 13.
Item 14.
 
PART IV
 
Item 15.





PART I
Cautionary Statement About Forward-Looking Statements
This report includes certain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements in the future tense, and all statements accompanied by terms such as “believe,” “project,” “expect,” “estimate,” “assume,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “target,” “plan,” and variations thereof and similar terms are intended to be forward-looking statements. We intend that all forward-looking statements we make will be subject to safe harbor protection of the federal securities laws pursuant to Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.
Our disclosure and analysis in this report, in our Annual Report to Shareholders and in our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) contain forward-looking statements regarding our intent, belief and current expectations about our strategic direction, prospects and future results. From time to time, we also provide forward-looking statements in other materials we release as well as oral forward-looking statements. Such statements give our current expectations or forecasts of future events; they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. Management believes that these forward-looking statements are reasonable as and when made. However, caution should be taken not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements because such statements speak only as of the date when made.
Forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from our historical experience and our present expectations or anticipated results. These risks and uncertainties are described in Part I, “Item 1A. Risk Factors” and may also be described from time to time in our future reports filed with the SEC. You should consider the limitations on, and risks associated with, forward-looking statements and not unduly rely on the accuracy of predictions contained in such forward-looking statements. We do not undertake any obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect events, circumstances, changes in expectations, or the occurrence of unanticipated events after the date of those statements.
 
Item 1.
Business

Overview
United Parcel Service, Inc. (“UPS”) was founded in 1907 as a private messenger and delivery service in Seattle, Washington. Today, we are the world’s largest package delivery company, a leader in the U.S. less-than-truckload industry and the premier provider of global supply chain management solutions. We deliver packages each business day for 1.6 million shipping customers to 8.4 million receivers ("consignees") in over 220 countries and territories. In 2015, we delivered an average of 18.3 million pieces per day, or a total of 4.7 billion packages. Total revenue in 2015 was $58.4 billion.
We are a global leader in logistics, and we create value for our customers through solutions that lower costs, improve service and provide highly customizable supply chain control and visibility. Customers are attracted to our broad set of services that are delivered as promised through our integrated ground, air and ocean global network.

Our overall market strategy is to provide customers with advanced logistics solutions made possible by a broad portfolio of differentiated services and capabilities expertly assembled and integrated into our customers’ businesses. This approach, supported by our efficient and globally balanced multimodal network, enables us to deliver considerable value to our customers and thereby build lasting partnerships with them.

Over the last 15 years, we have significantly expanded the scope of our capabilities to include more than package delivery. Our logistics and distribution capabilities give companies the power to easily expand their businesses to new markets around the world. By leveraging our international infrastructure and know-how, UPS enables our customers to bridge time zones, cultures and distances to keep their supply chains moving smoothly.

In 2015, we continued our capabilities expansion by acquiring Coyote Logistics, a leading asset-light truckload broker, and several other specialized businesses. Each provides our customers with an ever-expanding range of high value services and expertise, while simultaneously contributing to operational efficiency and positive returns.

We serve the global market for logistics services, which include transportation, distribution, contract logistics, ground freight, ocean freight, air freight, customs brokerage, insurance and financing. We have three reportable segments: U.S. Domestic Package, International Package and Supply Chain & Freight, all of which are described below. For financial information concerning our reportable segments and geographic regions, refer to note 12 of our consolidated financial statements.

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Business Strategy

Customers leverage our broad portfolio of logistics capabilities; balanced global presence in North America, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America; reliability; industry-leading technologies; and solutions expertise for competitive advantage in markets where they choose to compete. We prudently invest to expand our integrated global network and service portfolio.

Technology investments create user-friendly shipping, e-commerce, logistics management and visibility tools for our customers, while supporting our ongoing effort to increase operational efficiencies. We actively monitor and invest to gain insights into emerging technologies such as additive manufacturing (3D printing), route and network optimization tools, and advanced product monitoring and tracking functionality.
Our service portfolio and investments are rewarded with among the best return on invested capital and operating margins in the industry. We have a long history of sound financial management and our consolidated balance sheet reflects financial strength that few companies can match. Cash generation is a significant strength of UPS, giving us strong capacity to service our obligations and allowing for distributions to shareowners, reinvestment in our business and the pursuit of growth opportunities.
We enable and are the beneficiaries of the following trends:
Expansion of Global Trade

We continue to invest to expand in both developed and emerging international markets. In Europe, we have committed to nearly $2 billion of capital to expand our infrastructure to meet the growing demand for cross-border commerce. The enhancements to our European ground network are designed to ensure that we provide fast, reliable service to high-value customers moving goods across country borders.

Emerging market opportunities continue to expand. Over the next ten years, these markets are expected to represent the majority of global GDP growth and an increasing proportion of global trade. Emerging markets are an understandable focus of investment and growth for our current customers and will be a source of our next generation of customers. To take advantage of these opportunities, we continue to make long-term investments in markets where our customers choose to grow. Over the past ten years, we have established a strong market presence in three leading emerging markets: China, Poland and Turkey. The Middle East, Latin America, Africa and Eastern Europe are also becoming increasingly important to us.

Transcontinental and trade across borders are predicted to grow faster than U.S. and global gross domestic production for the foreseeable future. As a result, U.S. and international economies are becoming more inter-connected and dependent on foreign trade.

UPS plays an important role in global trade and is well positioned to take advantage of trade growth, wherever it occurs. Our global presence and productivity enhancing technologies allow customers to expand into new markets. We advocate the expansion of free trade, including the passage of regional trade pacts and the removal of trade barriers. The 2015 Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement will connect 12 global economies and 800 million consumers across the Americas and the Asia-Pacific regions. We believe free trade is a catalyst for job creation, economic growth and improved living standards.
These trends underscore why we believe our international business is a catalyst for our future growth.
e-Commerce Growth in Retail Sectors

Throughout much of the world, e-commerce growth continues to outpace traditional lines of business. Our integrated network puts us in an ideal position to capitalize on the shift towards residential deliveries. We continue to create new services, supported by our technology, that complement the traditional UPS premium home delivery service and address the needs of e-commerce shippers and consignees. Our offerings span a broad spectrum that supports retailers across their value chains, from global sourcing to distribution and returns. We offer cost-effective solutions such as UPS SurePost, for U.S. domestic shipments and UPS i-parcel for a low-cost deferred cross border solution, where economy takes precedence over speed. We also offer feature-rich solutions, such as UPS My Choice, a service that provides receivers with visibility and control of their inbound shipments.


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UPS My Choice keeps 22 million members up-to-date on their parcels’ delivery status through proactive alerts and offers flexible delivery options to control when and where these deliveries are made. Following on the success of UPS My Choice in the U.S., we expanded the service to 15 additional countries and territories in the Americas and Europe regions. With UPS My Choice, receivers may adjust the timing and location of their deliveries to obtain delivery on the first attempt. We strive to give our customers the best delivery experience in the industry and we intend to continue to expand the service in new markets in conjunction with the growing UPS Access Point network.
UPS My Choice members have the added flexibility to direct packages to UPS Access Point locations when they will not be home to accept a delivery. UPS Access Point locations are convenient places – such as the The UPS Store and other local businesses – that offer easy package drop-off and pickup. With evening and weekend hours, UPS Access Point locations better fit consumers’ schedules. Merchants in nearly 50 origin countries and territories can ship directly to UPS Access Point locations in 12 destination countries, giving merchants and consumers greater control over package deliveries. At the end of 2015, we had more than 23,000 locations worldwide. In 2016, we plan to continue our expansion of UPS Access Point locations. This move enhances our cross-border e-commerce offerings for merchants, while increasing choice for their customers, who can opt to pick up and drop off parcels at retail locations that are convenient to them.
Industry-focused Solutions and Offerings

We offer differentiated value propositions in several segments, including aerospace, automotive, industrial manufacturing, retail, professional and consumer services, healthcare and high-tech.

Our industry-specific solutions are increasingly tailored to align with customer needs in each of these sectors. Staying abreast of industry trends positions us to anticipate business challenges in each industry. We deepen our understanding by studying these challenges and engaging with customers at the strategic planning stage. We then align our logistics expertise to address these business challenges to help our customers compete.

Our understanding of how macro and industry trends impact the stakeholders in each market allows us to develop commercial insights for our customers. These insights are incorporated into our sales and solutions process and are shared with customers through direct engagement, industry forums, and publications. We help customers achieve their business objectives and improve their performance through our value-added solutions.

Demographic trends support growth in healthcare: an aging global population, a rising middle class and rapid urbanization are catalysts for chronic disease growth. The combination of rising global demand for healthcare, new product innovations, increasing regulatory demands and downward pressure on reimbursement is creating both opportunities and challenges for healthcare and life sciences firms. In today’s environment, healthcare logistics executives are most concerned with regulatory compliance, product security, supply chain cost management and product damage/spoilage. To address these challenges, more healthcare and life sciences companies are relying on partnerships with third party logistics providers to gain regulatory and trade management expertise, leverage scalable access to healthcare compliant infrastructure and to ensure product integrity through validated temperature and time-sensitive transportation solutions.

Rapid technology innovation and growing worldwide demand for electronics are driving change in the already-dynamic high-tech industry. As the technology marketplace becomes more complex, high-tech companies are optimizing their supply chains to remain competitive. Every year, product life cycles are getting shorter, dictating the need for high-tech companies to better predict demand and understand their logistics requirements. Increasingly, they are looking to third party logistics providers for support in product launches, distribution, post-sales support and reverse logistics.

We have the experience these companies need, as well as a global transportation network and integrated technology solutions that can generate supply chain efficiency. This means high-tech companies can get their products to market faster, improve customer service and boost revenue. We offer global sourcing and a significant amount of repair space to leverage one of the largest networks of post-sales facilities in the world. With more than 950 field stocking locations in over 110 countries, we help high-tech companies identify better ways to manage inventories and meet their crucial logistics needs. Our experience and global capabilities make us a strong partner in the high-tech industry.

We are expanding our presence in the aerospace industry. The precise requirements of this industry’s manufacturing, assembly and post-sales fit well within our service portfolio.

In each of our focus industries, our aim is to increase the number of customers using logistics capabilities across our portfolio.

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Logistics Outsourcing
Outsourcing supply chain management is becoming more prevalent, as customers increasingly view professional management and operation of their supply chains as a strategic advantage. This trend enables companies to focus on what they do best. We can meet our customers’ needs for outsourced logistics with our global capabilities in customized forwarding, transportation, warehousing, distribution, delivery and post-sales services. As we move deeper into customers’ supply chains, we do so with a shared vision on how to best equip our customers with transportation and logistics solutions to better serve their customers.
Technology
Technology powers logistics, forms the foundation of our reliability and allows us to enhance the customer experience. Technology delivers value to our customers and returns to our shareowners. Recent developments that improve our operational efficiency, flexibility, reliability and customer experience include:
Continued rollout of telematics to our international delivery fleet to complement our telematics-enabled U.S. small package, freight forwarding and freight ground fleets. By the end of 2015, telematics was installed in close to 83,000 vehicles. Telematics helps UPS determine a truck’s performance and condition by capturing data on more than 200 related elements, including speed, RPM, oil pressure, seat belt use, number of times the vehicle is placed in reverse and idling time. Together, improved data and driver coaching help reduce fuel consumption, emissions and maintenance costs while improving driver safety. Additionally, customers experience more consistent pickup times and more reliable deliveries, thereby enhancing their profitability and competitiveness.
Expanded implementation of our On Road Integrated Optimization and Navigation system (ORION), which employs advanced algorithms to determine the optimal route for each delivery, while meeting service commitments. By the end of 2015, ORION was deployed to over 40,000 drivers.
Accelerated installations of our Next Generation Small Sort (NGSS) technology, which reduces the amount of memorization required to sort a package, thereby improving productivity and quality. Employees sort packages to bins tagged with flashing lights, rather than memorizing addresses, allowing us to dramatically reduce training time. NGSS has been deployed in about 300 sites globally.
We bring industry-leading UPS technology to our customers who, in turn, realize increased productivity, greater control of their supply chains and improved customer experience when they integrate with our systems. Customers benefit through offerings such as:
Shipping

WorldShip™, which is our flagship desktop shipping application, provides middle market and large customers with robust shipping capabilities. Customers can create custom labels, set up shipment alerts, create and upload customs documentation, track and export shipments, create reports and integrate with their enterprise resource planning and accounting systems to streamline shipping with real-time connectivity.

UPS marketplace shipping, which integrates www.ups.com with eBay® and Amazon®, allows marketplace sellers to easily ship their orders via www.ups.com or WorldShip. UPS marketplace shipping provides simplified shipment processing; multiple payment options, including PayPal™; order and shipment history; and automatic tracking updates.
Tracking and Visibility
UPS Quantum View® can help customers better manage shipments, facilitate tracking, allow for inbound volume planning, manage third-party shipping costs and automatically notify customers of incoming shipments. With visibility into transit times and delivery confirmations, customers can speed up their revenue cycle and collect accounts receivables more quickly while improving customer service.
International Trade Tools
UPS Paperless™ solutions allow customers to self-enroll in UPS Paperless™ Invoice and upload shipping documents. These solutions enable customers to electronically transmit a commercial invoice, packing list or their own customs documents when shipping internationally. This eliminates redundant data entry and errors, while reducing customs delays and paper waste.
UPS TradeAbility® tools help customers effectively and confidently manage the movement of goods internationally in a timely, efficient and compliant manner.

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Billing
The UPS Billing Center, a secure location for customers to view, download, manage and pay their UPS invoices, helps customers accelerate billing and payment processes. Customers can assign privileges with administrative controls, manage multiple accounts and create custom reports using a single simple interface.
Integration
The UPS Developer Kit, which is comprised of multiple Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), helps customers streamline and automate their internal business processes. The UPS Developer Kit APIs allow customers to integrate a wide range of UPS functionality into their business systems and websites such as address validation, shipment scheduling, selection of shipping service levels, tracking and much more.
Business-to-Consumer
We selectively choose UPS Access Point locations that meet our business standards and ensure the safety of our customers' packages. Then, we equip each one with the latest UPS technology to help make package pickup quick and convenient. Consumers can track their packages on www.ups.com, m.ups.com or the UPS Mobile app to know when their packages are ready for pickup.
UPS My Choice®, which focuses on the consignee, has transformed the residential delivery experience. Receivers can direct the timing and circumstances of their deliveries using their computer, mobile devices or Facebook™ app. This innovative service is powered by the complex integration of real-time route optimization and other technologies within our delivery network.
The Global Locator on www.ups.com was enhanced to give customers faster and simpler access to UPS drop-off and pickup locations, including new UPS Access Point sites. The Global Locator has a new single search field with updated filters, location images and location-specific promotions. Customers can also provide online feedback, e-mail search results, save favorite locations and access recent searches.
Mobile
UPS Mobile, which includes the mobile website, m.ups.com, and apps for iPhone®, iPad® and Android devices, is readily available for our customers in over 80 countries. Customers can track, ship, find UPS locations, manage UPS My Choice shipments and receive shipment notifications on their mobile devices. The UPS Mobile apps and website were enhanced so that customers can now convert a rate estimate into a shipment, ship a package without logging in, compare shipping services more easily, select PayPal™ as a payment option, view details on shipping charges and utilize the redesigned Global Locator.
Reporting Segments and Products & Services
As a global leader in logistics, we offer a broad range of domestic and export delivery services; the facilitation of international trade; and the deployment of advanced technologies to more efficiently manage the world of business. We seek to streamline our customers’ shipment processing and integrate critical transportation information into their own business processes, helping them to create supply chain efficiencies, better serve their customers and improve cash flow.

Global Small Package
Our global small package operations provide time-definite delivery services for express letters, documents, small packages and palletized freight via air and ground services. We serve more than 220 countries and territories around the world along with domestic delivery service within 54 countries. We handle packages that weigh up to 150 pounds and are up to 165 inches in combined length and girth as well as palletized shipments weighing more than 150 pounds. All of our package services are supported by numerous shipping, visibility and billing technologies.
We handle all levels of service (air, ground, domestic, international, commercial, residential) through one global integrated pickup and delivery network. All packages are commingled within our network, except when necessary to meet their specific service commitments. This enables one UPS driver to pick up customers’ shipments for any of our services at the same scheduled time each day. Compared to companies with single service network designs, our integrated network uniquely provides operational and capital efficiencies while being more environmentally-friendly.

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We offer same-day pickup of air and ground packages upon request. Customers can schedule pickups for one to five days a week, based on their specific needs. Additionally, our wholly-owned and partnered global network offers more than 150,000 entry points where customers can tender a package to us at a location or time convenient to them. This combined network includes UPS drivers who can accept packages provided to them; UPS drop boxes; UPS Access Point locations; The UPS Store locations; authorized shipping outlets and commercial counters; alliance locations; and customer centers attached to UPS facilities. Some of these locations offer a full array of services including pickup, delivery and packing options, while others are drop-off locations only. We continually look for ways to enhance the customer experience by offering easy access to UPS.
The growth of online shopping has increased our customers’ needs for efficient and reliable returns, resulting in our development of a robust selection of returns services that are available in more than 145 countries. Options vary based on customer needs and country, and range from cost-effective solutions such as UPS Returns, to more-specialized services such as UPS Returns Exchange. UPS Returns enables shippers to provide their customers with a return shipping label, while UPS Returns Exchange simplifies product exchanges by delivering a replacement item and picking up a return item in the same stop, and assisting with the re-packaging process.
We operate one of the largest airlines in the world, with global operations centered at our Worldport hub in Louisville, Kentucky. Worldport sort capacity, currently at 416,000 packages per hour, has expanded over the years due to volume growth and a centralization effort. Our European air hub is located in Cologne, Germany, and we maintain Asia-Pacific air hubs in Shanghai, China; Shenzhen, China; and Hong Kong. Our regional air hub in Canada is located in Hamilton, Ontario, and our regional air hub for Latin America and the Caribbean is in Miami, Florida.
In the U.S., Worldport is supported by our regional air hubs in Columbia, South Carolina; Dallas, Texas; Ontario, California; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Rockford, Illinois. This network design allows for cost-effective package processing in our most technology-enabled facilities, which allow us to use fewer, larger and more fuel-efficient aircraft. Our U.S. ground fleet serves all business and residential zip codes in the contiguous U.S.
U.S. Domestic Package Reporting Segment
We are a leader in time-definite, money-back guaranteed, small package delivery services in the U.S. We offer a full spectrum of U.S. domestic guaranteed ground and air package transportation services. Depending on the delivery speed needed, customers can select from a range of guaranteed time and day-definite delivery options.
Customers can select from same day, next day, two day and three day delivery alternatives. Many of these services offer options that enable customers to specify a time-of-day guarantee for their delivery (e.g., by 8:00 AM, 10:30 AM, noon, end of day, etc.).
In 2015, we expanded UPS Next Day Air Early (previously known as "UPS Next Day Air Early AM") service to over 4,000 additional ZIP Codes where previously only an end-of-day guarantee was available. This enhancement provides shippers and their customers the option of an earlier first-of-day delivery with commit times from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM and enlarged our early delivery coverage. With this expansion, more of our customers can get critical shipments delivered earlier, across the U.S. and from around the world.
Customers can also leverage our extensive ground network to ship using our day-definite guaranteed ground service that serves every U.S. business and residential address. We deliver more ground packages than any other carrier, with average daily package volume of 13 million in the U.S., most within one to three business days.
We also offer UPS SurePost, an economy residential ground service for customers with non-urgent, lightweight residential shipments. UPS SurePost is a contractual residential ground service that combines the consistency and reliability of the UPS Ground network with final delivery often provided by the U.S. Postal Service.
Growth in U.S. online sales, which are estimated to nearly double by 2020, is driving significant growth in package delivery volume, with a large seasonal spike during peak season beginning at Thanksgiving and lasting through Christmas. In order to meet the demand and ensure successful peak season operations, we have invested over $1 billion in facility expansions and equipment modernization since 2014. We continue to make other improvements to effectively manage the seasonal volume fluctuations associated with peak season:
Enhancing Cyber Week operations in the U.S. including ground and air pickup and delivery operations on Black Friday.
Adding weekend pickup, sort, and delivery operations as needed in the U.S. to smooth out geographical spikes in volume.
Utilizing additional aircraft and regional air hubs to add significant capacity to our air network during critical periods.
Adding new delivery vehicles and trailers to our fleet of 100,000 package cars, vans, tractors, trailers and other vehicles.

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Automating facilities to expand our existing capabilities through enhanced technology.
Updating www.ups.com and expanding UPS communications to enhance the timeliness and relevance of alerts when service disruptions occur.
International Package Reporting Segment
Our International Package reporting segment includes the small package operations in Europe, Asia-Pacific, Canada and Latin America, the Indian sub-continent and the Middle East and Africa. We offer a wide selection of guaranteed day and time-definite international shipping services.
We offer more guaranteed time-definite express options (Express Plus, Express and Express Saver) than any other carrier.
In 2015, we undertook the largest one-time expansion in the history of UPS Worldwide Express service by adding coverage to more than 41,000 new postal codes around the world, creating earlier guaranteed-delivery options for customers that previously had only end-of-day guarantees. UPS Worldwide Express service offers guaranteed delivery on the next possible business day by 10:30 AM, noon or 2:00 PM, depending on the destination, and is available in 65 countries. We will continue this expansion in 2016, with plans to add UPS Worldwide Express service to additional countries and postal codes.
For international shipments that do not require express services, UPS Worldwide Expedited offers a reliable, deferred, guaranteed day-definite service option. In 2013, we tripled the coverage area for UPS Worldwide Expedited, providing delivery in two-to-five business days to more than 220 countries and territories. We expanded our origin footprint for this service in 2015 by adding two new countries, bringing the total origins to more than 80. This expansion helps our customers magnify their global reach and balance delivery speed with cost, no matter where they ship.
For cross-border ground package delivery, we offer UPS Transborder (Express, Expedited and Standard) delivery services within Europe, between the U.S. and Canada and between the U.S. and Mexico.
In 2013, we introduced UPS Worldwide Express Freight for palletized shipments over 150 pounds. This service was enhanced to include a total of 58 origins and 56 destinations in 2015, enabling our customers to send their palletized shipments to more markets throughout the world. More expansion is planned for 2016 with additional origin and destination countries. UPS Worldwide Express Freight leverages our unique combination of package and freight networks to provide industry leading transit times with a money-back guarantee.
Europe, our largest region outside of the U.S., accounts for approximately half of international revenue and is one of the primary drivers of our growth. Several characteristics of the European market provide us with opportunities, including its highly fragmented nature and the fact that exports make up a significant part of Europe’s GDP. To accommodate the strong potential for growth in small package exports, we expanded our facility at Nuremberg, Germany in the second quarter of 2015, doubling the sorting capacity to 30,000 packages per hour.

Asia-Pacific remains a strategic market due to growth rates in intra-Asia trade, the expanding Chinese economy, and the trade opportunities created by the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. To capitalize on these opportunities, we are bringing faster time-in-transit to customers focused on intra-Asia trade, and reducing transit days from Asia to the U.S. and Europe. Through added flight frequencies, we provide our customers the ability to ship next day to more places in the U.S. and Europe, guaranteed, than any other express carrier. We continue to build our presence in China through the expansion of our service capabilities, investing in our transportation network and strengthening brand awareness across 13 cities.
Additional international highlights include the following:
We expanded the International Special Commodities program in 2015 with the addition of seven destination countries. Customers can now ship biological substances, dry ice and dangerous goods to and from more than 50 countries around the world.
During 2015, we added Trade Management Services to the UPS customs brokerage portfolio in Asia to facilitate customers' expansion opportunities. These services include: trade consulting, import/export technologies and managed services.
By the end of 2015, we expanded the UPS Access Point network coverage to over 15,000 locations across 11 countries including Canada and Mexico (U.S. locations excluded). We plan to further expand the UPS Access Point network to new countries in 2016.
We increased the availability of the UPS Mobile App for Apple iPhone® and Android devices to ten additional countries in 2015, for a total of 16 countries. The UPS Mobile App is now available in Austria, Belgium, Canada,

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Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Puerto Rico, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. The UPS Mobile App includes on-the-go access to UPS My Choice®, which now has over 22 million members around the world.

Supply Chain & Freight Reporting Segment

The Supply Chain & Freight reporting segment consists of our forwarding and logistics services, truckload freight brokerage, UPS Freight and our financial offerings through UPS Capital. Supply chain complexity creates demand for a global service offering that incorporates transportation, distribution, and international trade and brokerage services, with complementary financial and information services. We meet this demand by offering a broad array of supply chain services in over 195 countries and territories.

In 2015, we continued to invest in our global logistics network by adding an additional two million square feet of warehouse space in the United States, Canada and Western Europe. This follows our 2014 facility expansions in several key emerging markets including Brazil and China where the demand for outsourced value-added warehousing and logistics services continues to grow.
Freight Forwarding
We are one of the largest U.S. domestic air freight carriers and among the top international air freight forwarders globally. We offer a portfolio of guaranteed and non-guaranteed global air freight services. Additionally, as one of the world’s leading non-vessel operating common carriers, we also provide ocean freight full-container load, less-than-container load and multi-modal transportation services between most major ports around the world.
Truckload Freight Brokerage (Coyote)

In 2015, we acquired Coyote Logistics, a U.S.-based truckload freight brokerage company.  The acquisition added large scale truckload freight brokerage and other transportation management services to our Supply Chain & Freight reporting segment. In addition, we expect to benefit from synergies in purchased transportation, backhaul utilization, cross-selling to customers, as well as technology systems and industry best practices.
Logistics and Distribution
UPS Logistics offers the following services:
Distribution Services: Our comprehensive distribution services are provided through a global network of distribution centers that manage the flow of goods from receiving to storage and order processing to shipment. We also provide specialized services to streamline supply chains in the healthcare, high tech, retail, industrial manufacturing and aerospace industries. Together, these services allow companies to save time and money by minimizing capital investment and positioning products closer to their customers.
Post Sales: Post Sales services support goods after they have been delivered or installed in the field. The four core service offerings within Post Sales include: (1) Critical Parts Fulfillment; (2) Reverse Logistics; (3) Test, Repair, and Refurbish and (4) Network and Parts Planning. We leverage our global distribution network of over 950 field stocking locations to ensure that the right type and quantity of our customers’ stock is in the right locations to meet the needs of their end-customers. These solutions allow our customers to maximize service to their end-customers while reducing costs.
UPS Mail Innovations: UPS Mail Innovations offers an efficient, cost-effective method for sending lightweight parcels and flat mail to global addresses from the U.S. We pick up customers’ domestic and international mail, and then sort, post, manifest and expedite the secured mail containers to the destination postal service for last-mile delivery. In 2015, we launched UPS Mail Innovations Returns, an easy-to-use postal solution that combines the convenience of mailbox drop-off with the best-in-class speed, reliability and tracking of the UPS Mail Innovations network. Consumers can use their mailboxes to return lightweight parcels and the packages will flow through the UPS Mail Innovations network for delivery back to the shippers. UPS Mail Innovations Returns rounds out the industry-leading UPS Returns portfolio by giving consumers convenient postal access for returning lightweight shipments.
UPS Express Critical: UPS Express Critical provides a broad range of urgent global transportation options designed to complement UPS's core services and fill the gaps for late cut-offs, weekends and holidays. UPS Express Critical expanded its capabilities into Mexico in 2015. The initial time-critical service solutions offered for volume between the U.S. and Mexico as well as intra-Mexico are Next Flight Out, Charter, Hand Carry and Surface for lightweight to heavyweight shipments.

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UPS Freight
UPS Freight offers regional, inter-regional and long-haul less-than-truckload ("LTL") services, as well as full truckload services, in all 50 states, Canada, Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Mexico. UPS Freight provides reliable LTL service backed by a day-definite, on-time guarantee at no additional cost. Additionally, many user-friendly small package technology offerings are available for freight including: UPS WorldShip; Billing Center and Quantum View; these systems allow freight customers to process and track LTL shipments, create electronic bills of lading and reconcile billing.
Customs Brokerage
We are among the world’s largest customs brokers by both the number of shipments processed annually and by the number of dedicated brokerage employees worldwide. We provide our customers with customs clearance, trade management and international trade consulting services.
UPS Capital

UPS Capital provides financial, insurance, and payment services to help protect companies from risk and leverage cash in their supply chains. With services available in over 20 countries, UPS Capital and its affiliates support all aspects of the order-to-cash cycle, including financing inventory warehoused overseas, insuring shipments and providing payment solutions. The UPS Capital suite of customizable cargo and credit insurance, trade finance and payment solutions is designed to help customers protect their assets and keep their businesses running smoothly. With the recent acquisitions of Parcel Pro and the Insured Parcel Services business of G4S International Logistics, UPS Capital now offers services and insurance coverage for the transport of high value luxury goods.
Sustainability
Our business and corporate responsibility strategies pursue a common interest to increase the vitality and environmental sustainability of the global economy by aggregating the shipping activity of millions of businesses and individuals worldwide into a single, highly efficient logistics network. This provides benefits to:
UPS, by ensuring strong demand for our services.
The economy, by enabling global commerce and making global supply chains more efficient and less expensive.
The environment, by enabling our global customers to leverage UPS’s network efficiency and thereby reduce the greenhouse gas emissions intensity of their supply chains.
Communities, by connecting individuals to global markets and providing the economic empowerment that can help facilitate positive social change.
We pursue sustainable business practices worldwide through operational efficiency, fleet and fuel advances, facility engineering projects and conservation-enabling technology and service offerings. We help our customers do the same. We consider stakeholder engagement an essential aspect of corporate governance and regularly collaborate with a diverse set of global stakeholders on sustainability issues. Our most material global sustainability issues primarily involve our energy use, emissions and workplace policies. The full results of the global assessment are available at www.ups.com/sustainability.
Sustainability highlights in 2015 include:
One of Corporate Responsibility’s “100 Best Corporate Citizens” for the 6th consecutive year.
Recognized by Ethisphere Institute as one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” for the 9th consecutive year.
Recognized as a constituent of the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index for the 11th consecutive year; in addition, we were included on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for the 3rd consecutive year.
Recognized as a constituent of the NASDAQ OMX Global Sustainability Index for the 6th consecutive year.
Achieved a disclosure score of 100% in response to the Carbon Disclosure Project. It is the 5th consecutive year we have achieved a rating at or above 99%.
Received a Climate Leadership Award for Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
More information on how we address our most significant sustainability issues is available in the UPS Corporate Sustainability Report and on the UPS Sustainability website.

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Community
We believe that strong communities are vital to the success of our company. By combining our philanthropy with the volunteer time and talents of our employees, we help drive positive change for organizations and communities in need across the globe. The highlights of our corporate citizenship efforts in 2015 include:
Local non-profits around the world received nearly 2.35 million hours of volunteer service from our employees participating in our Neighbor-to-Neighbor program.
The UPS Foundation, which oversees corporate citizenship efforts for the company, invested $111 million in donations of both cash and in-kind services to global causes primarily in four focus areas—community safety, environmental sustainability, diversity and volunteerism.
Our employees, both active and retired, contributed approximately $55 million to United Way which was matched by a corporate contribution of $8 million.
Through The UPS Foundation we have the opportunity to support our global communities to offset carbon, support clean water, reduce poverty and help individuals sustain their lives through the planting of trees. The UPS Global Forestry Initiative, which began in 2013, is the signature program of The UPS Foundation’s Environmental Focus area. By the end of 2015, we have supported the planting of five million trees worldwide.
We continued to aid communities impacted by disasters through our UPS Humanitarian Relief and Resilience program, by providing our logistics expertise, skilled volunteers, capacity building support and in-kind services. In 2015, we coordinated more than 350 humanitarian relief shipments across 50 countries and provided funding and logistics support to strengthen long-term recovery efforts of communities impacted by the Ebola Crisis, the Syrian Refugee Crisis and the Nepal Earthquake.
Nearly 6,700 teenagers and novice drivers in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Germany and China participated in UPS Road Code. This safety program for new drivers features our employees as instructors – a role where they share driving knowledge and safety tips amassed over our long history of safe driving.
Reputation
Great brands require connecting with customers, investors and other stakeholders with honesty and transparency. In working to develop these connections, we regularly receive high accolades from independent brand and reputation evaluations. 
In 2015, we continued to be ranked highly by the following:
Forbes’ 2015 ranking of America’s Most Reputable Companies, as rated by the Reputation Institute,
Interbrand’s Best Global Brands,
Millward Brown's BrandZ Most Valuable Global Brands and
Rittenhouse Rankings' annual CEO Candor and Culture Survey.
Employees
The strength of our company is our people, working together with a common purpose. We had approximately 444,000 employees (excluding temporary seasonal employees) as of December 31, 2015, of which 362,000 are in the U.S. and 82,000 are located internationally. Our global workforce includes approximately 76,000 management employees (38% of whom are part-time) and 368,000 hourly employees (48% of whom are part-time).
As of December 31, 2015, we had approximately 266,000 employees employed under a national master agreement and various supplemental agreements with local unions affiliated with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (“Teamsters”). During 2014, the Teamsters ratified a new national master agreement with UPS that will expire on July 31, 2018.
We have approximately 2,600 pilots who are employed under a collective bargaining agreement with the Independent Pilots Association ("IPA"), which became amendable at the end of 2011. The ongoing contract negotiations between UPS and the IPA are in mediation by the National Mediation Board.
Our airline mechanics are covered by a collective bargaining agreement with Teamsters Local 2727, which became amendable November 1, 2013. In addition, approximately 3,100 of our auto and maintenance mechanics who are not employed under agreements with the Teamsters are employed under collective bargaining agreements with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (“IAM”) that will expire on July 31, 2019.
The experience of our management team continues to be an organizational strength. Nearly 34% of our full-time managers have more than 20 years of service with UPS.
We believe that our relations with our employees are good. We periodically survey all our employees to determine their level of job satisfaction. Areas of concern receive management attention as we strive to keep UPS the employer-of-choice among our employees. We consistently receive numerous awards and wide recognition as an employer-of-choice, resulting in part from our emphasis on diversity and corporate citizenship.
Safety
Health, Wellness and Safety are core values at UPS and an enduring belief that the well-being of our people, business partners and the general public is of utmost importance. We train our people to recognize hazards, mitigate risk and avoid injury to themselves and others in all aspects of their work. We do not tolerate unsafe work practices.
We recognize employees for health, wellness, and safety accomplishments. We provide programs to educate and promote the health and wellness of employees and their families and the safety of our operations. We are committed to fostering the most effective safety practices in our work environment. By meeting our high safety standards, we contribute to the well-being of our people, company and the communities we serve.
We use an all-encompassing Comprehensive Health and Safety Process ("CHSP") to promote wellness and prevent occupational injuries, illnesses and auto crashes through the development of workplace programs. The foundation of this process is our co-chaired employee and management health and safety committees. Together they conduct facility and equipment audits, perform work practice and behavior analysis, conduct training and recommend work process and equipment changes.
The components of CHSP are:
Personal Value. Which is the foundation and forms the base of our health, wellness and safety culture.
Management Commitment and Employee Involvement. Where employees take an active role in their own safety as well as their fellow workers and are supported by management. All operations management commit to providing a work environment that is conducive to the well-being and safety of our employees.
Work Site Analysis. Which includes injury and auto crash data analysis, behavior observations and facility and equipment audits to identify gaps and develop solutions. Our operations managers are responsible for their employees’ safety results. We investigate every injury and auto crash and develop prevention activities.
Hazard Prevention and Control. Where solutions are developed and documented to ensure identified risks have been mitigated.
Safety Education and Training. Employees who are healthy and well-trained in proper methods are more safe and efficient in performing their jobs. Our approach starts with training the trainer. All trainers are certified to ensure that they have the skills and motivation to effectively instruct new employees. All new employees receive safety training during orientation and in the work area. In addition, each new driver receives extensive classroom and online instruction, as well as on-road training.
Other components to ensure the safety of our people and fleet include:
Wellness. We have a "Five Being Habits" wellness program that turns health and wellness knowledge into actionable measures. These habits are designed to enable employees and their families to take positive steps toward healthy lifestyles. The "Five Being Habits" themes are: Fitness, Sleep, Hydration, Nutrition, and Stress Management.
Recognition. We have a well-defined safe driving honor plan to recognize our drivers when they achieve accident-free milestones. We have more than 7,800 drivers enshrined in our coveted Circle of Honor for drivers who have driven 25 years or more without an avoidable auto crash.
Preventive Maintenance. We have a comprehensive Preventive Maintenance Program to ensure the safety of our fleet. Our fleet is managed and monitored electronically to ensure that each vehicle is serviced at a specific time to prevent malfunction or breakdown.
Competition
UPS is a global leader in logistics. We offer a broad array of services in the package and freight delivery industry and, therefore, compete with many different local, regional, national and international carriers. Our competitors include worldwide postal services, various motor carriers, express companies, freight forwarders, air couriers and others, including startups that combine technology with crowdsourcing to focus on local market needs. Through our supply chain service offerings, we compete with a number of providers in the supply chain, financial services and information technology industries.

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Competitive Strengths
Our competitive strengths include:
Global Network.    We believe that our integrated global ground and air network is the most extensive in the industry. We provide all types of package service (air, ground, domestic, international, commercial and residential) through a single pickup and delivery service network. We also have extensive air freight, ocean freight, ground freight and logistics networks that provide additional capabilities in the global transportation and logistics market.
Our sophisticated engineering systems allow us to optimize our network efficiency and asset utilization on a daily basis. This unique, integrated global business model creates consistent and superior returns.
Global Presence.   We serve more than 220 countries and territories around the world. We have a significant presence in all of the world’s major economies.
Leading-edge Technology.    We are a global leader in developing technology that helps our customers optimize their shipping and logistics business processes to lower costs, improve service and increase efficiency.
Technology powers virtually every service we offer and every operation we perform. Our technology offerings are driven by our customers’ needs. We offer a variety of online service options that enable our customers to integrate UPS functionality into their own businesses not only to send, manage and track their shipments conveniently, but also to provide their customers with better information services. We provide the infrastructure for an Internet presence that extends to tens of thousands of customers who have integrated UPS tools directly into their own websites.
Broad Portfolio of Services.    Our portfolio of services enables customers to choose the delivery option that is most appropriate for their requirements. Increasingly, our customers benefit from business solutions that integrate many UPS services in addition to package delivery. For example, our supply chain services—such as freight forwarding, customs brokerage, order fulfillment and returns management—help improve the efficiency of the supply chain management process.
Customer Relationships.    We focus on building and maintaining long-term customer relationships. We serve 1.6 million pickup customers and 8.4 million delivery customers daily. Cross-selling small package, supply chain and freight services across our customer base is an important growth mechanism for UPS.
Brand Equity.    We have built a leading and trusted brand that stands for quality service, reliability and service innovation. The distinctive appearance of our vehicles and the professional courtesy of our drivers are major contributors to our brand equity.
Distinctive Culture.    We believe that the dedication of our employees results in large part from our distinctive “employee-owner” concept. Our employee stock ownership tradition dates from 1927, when our founders, who believed that employee stock ownership was a vital foundation for successful business, first offered stock to employees. To encourage employee stock ownership, we maintain several stock-based compensation programs.
Our long-standing policy of “promotion from within” complements our tradition of employee ownership, and this policy reduces the need for us to hire managers and executive officers from outside UPS. The majority of our management team began their careers as full-time or part-time hourly UPS employees, and have spent their entire careers with us. Many of our executive officers have more than 30 years of service with UPS and have accumulated a meaningful ownership stake in our company. Therefore, our executive officers have a strong incentive to effectively manage UPS, which benefits all of our shareowners.
Financial Strength.    Our balance sheet reflects financial strength that few companies can match. Our financial strength gives us the resources to achieve global scale; to invest in employee development, technology, transportation equipment and facilities; to pursue strategic opportunities that facilitate our growth; to service our obligations; and to return value to our shareowners in the form of dividends, share repurchases and steady share growth.

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Government Regulation
We are subject to numerous laws and regulations in connection with our package and non-package businesses in the countries in which we operate. A summary of certain laws and regulations are described below.
Air Operations
The U.S. Department of Transportation (“DOT”), the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”), and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, through the Transportation Security Administration (“TSA”), have regulatory authority over United Parcel Service Co.’s (“UPS Airlines’”) air transportation services. The Federal Aviation Act of 1958, as amended, is the statutory basis for DOT and FAA authority and the Aviation and Transportation Security Act of 2001, as amended, is the basis for TSA aviation security authority.
The DOT’s authority primarily relates to economic aspects of air transportation, such as insurance requirements, discriminatory pricing, non-competitive practices, interlocking relations and cooperative agreements. The DOT also regulates, subject to the authority of the President of the United States, international routes, fares, rates and practices, and is authorized to investigate and take action against discriminatory treatment of U.S. air carriers abroad. International operating rights for U.S. airlines are usually subject to bilateral agreement between the U.S. and foreign governments or, in the absence of such agreements, by principles of reciprocity. We are also subject to current and potential aviation regulations imposed by foreign governments in the countries in which we operate, including registration and license requirements and security regulations. UPS Airlines has international route operating rights granted by the DOT and we may apply for additional authorities when those operating rights are available and are required for the efficient operation of our international network. The efficiency and flexibility of our international air transportation network is dependent on DOT and foreign government regulations and operating restrictions.
The FAA’s authority primarily relates to safety aspects of air transportation, including aircraft operating procedures, transportation of hazardous materials, record keeping standards and maintenance activities and personnel. In 1988, the FAA granted us an operating certificate, which remains in effect so long as we meet the safety and operational requirements of the applicable FAA regulations. In addition, we are subject to non-U.S. government regulation of aviation rights involving non-U.S. jurisdictions and non-U.S. customs regulation.
UPS aircraft maintenance programs and procedures, including aircraft inspection and repair at periodic intervals, are approved for all aircraft under FAA regulations. The future cost of repairs pursuant to these programs may fluctuate according to aircraft condition, age and the enactment of additional FAA regulatory requirements.
The TSA regulates various security aspects of air cargo transportation in a manner consistent with the TSA mission statement to “protect the Nation’s transportation systems to ensure freedom of movement for people and commerce.” UPS Airlines, and specified airport and off-airport locations, are regulated under TSA regulations applicable to the transportation of cargo in an air network. In addition, personnel, facilities and procedures involved in air cargo transportation must comply with TSA regulations.
UPS Airlines, along with a number of other domestic airlines, participates in the Civil Reserve Air Fleet (“CRAF”) program. Our participation in the CRAF program allows the U.S. Department of Defense (“DOD”) to requisition specified UPS Airlines wide-body aircraft for military use during a national defense emergency. The DOD compensates us for the use of aircraft under the CRAF program. In addition, participation in CRAF entitles UPS Airlines to bid for military cargo charter operations.
Ground Operations
Our ground transportation of packages in the U.S. is subject to regulation by the DOT and its agency, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (the “FMCSA”) and the states’ jurisdiction with respect to the regulation of operations, safety, insurance and hazardous materials. We also must comply with the safety and fitness regulations promulgated by the FMCSA, including those relating to drug and alcohol testing and hours-of service. We are subject to similar regulation in many non-U.S. jurisdictions.
The Postal Reorganization Act of 1970 created the U.S. Postal Service as an independent establishment of the executive branch of the federal government, and created the Postal Rate Commission, an independent agency, to recommend postal rates. The Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 amended the 1970 Act to give the re-named Postal Regulatory Commission revised oversight authority over many aspects of the Postal Service, including postal rates, product offerings and service standards. We sometimes participate in the proceedings before the Postal Regulatory Commission in an attempt to secure fair postal rates for competitive services.

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Our ground operations are subject to compliance with various cargo-security and transportation regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, including regulation by the TSA.
Customs
We are subject to the customs laws in the countries in which we operate, regarding the import and export of shipments, including those related to the filing of documents on behalf of client importers and exporters. Our activities, including customs brokerage and freight forwarding, are subject to regulation by the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection and the TSA, the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission and the DOT.
Environmental
We are subject to federal, state and local environmental laws and regulations across all of our business units. These laws and regulations cover a variety of processes, including, but not limited to: proper storage, handling and disposal of waste materials; appropriately managing wastewater and stormwater; monitoring and maintaining the integrity of underground storage tanks; complying with laws regarding clean air, including those governing emissions; protecting against and appropriately responding to spills and releases; and communicating the presence of reportable quantities of hazardous materials to local responders. We have established site- and activity-specific environmental compliance and pollution prevention programs to address our environmental responsibilities and remain compliant. In addition, we have created numerous programs which seek to minimize waste and prevent pollution within our operations.
Pursuant to the Federal Aviation Act, the FAA, with the assistance of the Environmental Protection Agency (the “EPA”), is authorized to establish standards governing aircraft noise. Our aircraft fleet is in compliance with current noise standards of the federal aviation regulations. Our international operations are also subject to noise regulations in certain of the countries in which we operate.
Communications
Because of our extensive use of radio and other communication facilities in our aircraft and ground transportation operations, we are subject to the Federal Communications Act of 1934, as amended. Additionally, the Federal Communications Commission regulates and licenses our activities pertaining to satellite communications.
Where You Can Find More Information
We maintain a website at www.ups.com. Our annual report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K, and any amendments to those reports filed or furnished pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 are made available through our website www.investors.ups.com as soon as reasonably practical after we electronically file or furnish the reports to the SEC. However, information on these websites is not incorporated by reference into this report or any other report filed with or furnished to the SEC.
We have adopted a written Code of Business Conduct that applies to all of our directors, officers and employees, including our principal executive officer and senior financial officers. It is available in the governance section of our investor relations website, located at www.investors.ups.com. In the event that we make changes in, or provide waivers from, the provisions of the Code of Business Conduct that the SEC requires us to disclose, we intend to disclose these events in the governance section of our investor relations website.
Our Corporate Governance Guidelines and the Charters for our Audit Committee, Compensation Committee and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee are also available in the governance section of our investor relations website.
Our sustainability report, which describes our activities that support our commitment to acting responsibly and contributing to society, is available at www.sustainability.ups.com. We provide the addresses to our Internet sites solely for the information of investors. We do not intend for any addresses to be active links or to otherwise incorporate the contents of any website into this report.

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Item 1A.
Risk Factors

You should carefully consider the following factors, which could materially affect our business, financial condition or results of operations. You should read these Risk Factors in conjunction with “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in Item 7 and our Consolidated Financial Statements and related notes in Item 8.
General economic conditions, both in the U.S. and internationally, may adversely affect our results of operations.
We conduct operations in over 220 countries and territories. Our U.S. and international operations are subject to normal cycles affecting the economy in general, as well as the local economic environments in which we operate. The factors that create cyclical changes to the economy and to our business are beyond our control, and it may be difficult for us to adjust our business model to mitigate the impact of these factors. In particular, our business is affected by levels of industrial production, consumer spending and retail activity, and our business, financial position and results of operations could be materially affected by adverse developments in these aspects of the economy.
We face significant competition which could adversely affect our business, financial position and results of operations.
We face significant competition on a local, regional, national and international basis. Our competitors include the postal services of the U.S. and other nations, various motor carriers, express companies, freight forwarders, air couriers and others. Competition may also come from other sources in the future. Some of our competitors have cost and organizational structures that differ from ours and may offer services and pricing terms that we may not be willing or able to offer. If we are unable to timely and appropriately respond to competitive pressures, our business, financial position and results of operations could be adversely affected.
The transportation industry continues to consolidate and competition remains strong. As a result of consolidation, our competitors may increase their market share and improve their financial capacity, and may strengthen their competitive positions. Business combinations could also result in competitors providing a wider variety of services and products at competitive prices, which could adversely affect our financial performance.
Changes in our relationships with our significant customers, including the loss or reduction in business from one or more of them, could have an adverse impact on us.
No single customer accounts for 10% or more of our consolidated revenue. We do not believe the loss of any single customer would materially impair our overall financial condition or results of operations; however, collectively, some of our large customers might account for a relatively significant portion of the growth in revenue in a particular quarter or year. These customers can drive the growth in revenue for particular services based on factors such as: new customer product launches; trends in the e-commerce industry, such as the seasonality associated with the fourth quarter holiday season; business mergers and acquisitions; and the overall fast growth of a customer's underlying business. These customers could choose to divert all or a portion of their business with us to one of our competitors, demand pricing concessions for our services, require us to provide enhanced services that increase our costs, or develop their own shipping and distribution capabilities. If these factors drove some of our large customers to cancel all or a portion of their business relationships with us, it could materially impact the growth in our business and the ability to meet our current and long-term financial forecasts. 
Our business is subject to complex and stringent regulation in the U.S. and internationally.
We are subject to complex and stringent aviation, transportation, environmental, security, labor, employment and other governmental laws, regulations and policies, both in the U.S. and in the other countries in which we operate. In addition, our business is impacted by laws, regulations and policies that affect global trade, including tariff and trade policies, export requirements, taxes, monetary policies and other restrictions and charges. Changes in laws, regulations and policies and the related interpretations may alter the landscape in which we do business and may affect our costs of doing business. The impact of new laws, regulations and policies cannot be predicted. Compliance with new laws and regulations may increase our operating costs or require significant capital expenditures. Any failure to comply with applicable laws or regulations in the U.S. or in any of the countries in which we operate could result in substantial fines or possible revocation of our authority to conduct our operations, which could adversely affect our financial performance.

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Increased security requirements could impose substantial costs on us and we could be the target of an attack or have a security breach.
As a result of concerns about global terrorism and homeland security, governments around the world have adopted or may adopt stricter security requirements that will result in increased operating costs for businesses in the transportation industry. These requirements may change periodically as a result of regulatory and legislative requirements and in response to evolving threats. We cannot determine the effect that these new requirements will have on our cost structure or our operating results, and these rules or other future security requirements may increase our costs of operations and reduce operating efficiencies. Regardless of our compliance with security requirements or the steps we take to secure our facilities or fleet, we could be the target of an attack or security breaches could occur, which could adversely affect our operations or our reputation.
We may be affected by global climate change or by legal, regulatory or market responses to such a potential change.
Concern over climate change, including the impact of global warming, has led to significant federal, state and international legislative and regulatory efforts to limit greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions. For example, in the past several years, the U.S. Congress has considered various bills that would regulate GHG emissions. While these bills have not yet received sufficient Congressional support for enactment, some form of federal climate change legislation is possible in the future. Even in the absence of such legislation, the Environmental Protection Agency, spurred by judicial interpretation of the Clean Air Act, may regulate GHG emissions, especially aircraft or diesel engine emissions, and this could impose substantial costs on us. These costs include an increase in the cost of the fuel and other energy we purchase and capital costs associated with updating or replacing our aircraft or vehicles prematurely. Until the timing, scope and extent of any future regulation becomes known, we cannot predict its effect on our cost structure or our operating results. It is reasonably possible that such legislation or regulation could impose material costs on us. Moreover, even without such legislation or regulation, increased awareness and any adverse publicity in the global marketplace about the GHGs emitted by companies in the airline and transportation industries could harm our reputation and reduce customer demand for our services, especially our air services.
Strikes, work stoppages and slowdowns by our employees could adversely affect our business, financial position and results of operations.
A significant number of our employees are employed under a national master agreement and various supplemental agreements with local unions affiliated with the Teamsters. In addition, our airline pilots, airline mechanics, ground mechanics and certain other employees are employed under other collective bargaining agreements. Strikes, work stoppages and slowdowns by our employees could adversely affect our ability to meet our customers' needs, and customers may do more business with competitors if they believe that such actions or threatened actions may adversely affect our ability to provide services. We may face a permanent loss of customers if we are unable to provide uninterrupted service, and this could adversely affect our business, financial position and results of operations. The terms of future collective bargaining agreements also may affect our competitive position and results of operations.
We are exposed to the effects of changing prices of energy, including gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, and interruptions in supplies of these commodities.
Changing fuel and energy costs may have a significant impact on our operations. We require significant quantities of fuel for our aircraft and delivery vehicles and are exposed to the risk associated with variations in the market price for petroleum products, including gasoline, diesel and jet fuel. We mitigate our exposure to changing fuel prices through our indexed fuel surcharges and we may also enter into hedging transactions from time to time. If we are unable to maintain or increase our fuel surcharges, higher fuel costs could adversely impact our operating results. Even if we are able to offset the cost of fuel with our surcharges, high fuel surcharges may result in a mix shift from our higher-yielding air products to lower-yielding ground products or an overall reduction in volume. If fuel prices rise sharply, even if we are successful in increasing our fuel surcharge, we could experience lag time in implementing the surcharge, which could adversely affect our short-term operating results. There can be no assurance that our hedging transactions will be effective to protect us from changes in fuel prices. Moreover, we could experience a disruption in energy supplies, including our supply of gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, as a result of war, actions by producers, or other factors beyond our control, which could have an adverse effect on our business.
Changes in exchange rates or interest rates may have an adverse effect on our results.
We conduct business across the globe with a significant portion of our revenue derived from operations outside the United States. Our operations in international markets are affected by changes in the exchange rates for local currencies, and in particular the Euro, British Pound Sterling, Canadian Dollar, Chinese Renminbi and Hong Kong Dollar.

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We are exposed to changes in interest rates, primarily on our short-term debt and that portion of our long-term debt that carries floating interest rates. The impact of a 100-basis-point change in interest rates affecting our debt is discussed in the “Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk” section of this report. Additionally, changes in interest rates impact the valuation of our pension and postretirement benefit obligations and the related benefit cost recognized in the income statement. The impact of changes in interest rates on our pension and postretirement benefit obligations and costs is discussed further in the "Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates" section of this report.
We monitor and manage our exposures to changes in currency exchange rates and interest rates, and make use of derivative instruments to mitigate the impact of changes in these rates on our financial position and results of operations; however, changes in exchange rates and interest rates cannot always be predicted or hedged.
If we are unable to maintain our brand image and corporate reputation, our business may suffer.
Our success depends in part on our ability to maintain the image of the UPS brand and our reputation for providing excellent service to our customers. Service quality issues, actual or perceived, even when false or unfounded, could tarnish the image of our brand and may cause customers to use other companies. Also, adverse publicity surrounding labor relations, environmental concerns, security matters, political activities and the like, or attempts to connect our company to these sorts of issues, either in the United States or other countries in which we operate, could negatively affect our overall reputation and acceptance of our services by customers. Damage to our reputation and loss of brand equity could reduce demand for our services and thus have an adverse effect on our business, financial position and results of operations, and could require additional resources to rebuild our reputation and restore the value of our brand.
A significant privacy breach or IT system disruption could adversely affect our business and we may be required to increase our spending on data and system security.
We rely on information technology networks and systems, including the Internet, to process, transmit and store electronic information, and to manage or support a variety of business processes and activities. In addition, the provision of service to our customers and the operation of our networks and systems involve the storage and transmission of proprietary information and sensitive or confidential data, including personal information of customers, employees and others. Our franchised center locations also are reliant on the use of information technology systems to manage their business processes and activities.  Our and our franchisees’ information technology systems, some of which are managed by third-parties, may be susceptible to damage, disruptions or shutdowns due to failures during the process of upgrading or replacing software, databases or components thereof, power outages, hardware failures, computer viruses, attacks by computer hackers, malicious insiders, telecommunication failures, user errors or catastrophic events. Hackers, acting individually or in coordinated groups, may also launch distributed denial of service attacks or other coordinated attacks that may cause service outages or other interruptions in our business. In addition, breaches in security could expose us, our customers and franchisees, or the individuals affected, to a risk of loss or misuse of proprietary information and sensitive or confidential data. The techniques used to obtain unauthorized access, disable or degrade service or sabotage systems change frequently, may be difficult to detect for a long time and often are not recognized until launched against a target. As a result, we may be unable to anticipate these techniques or to implement adequate preventative measures.
Any of these occurrences could result in disruptions in our operations, the loss of existing or potential customers, damage to our brand and reputation, and litigation and potential liability for the company. In addition, the cost and operational consequences of implementing further data or system protection measures could be significant. In August 2014, a broad-based malware intrusion targeting retailers throughout the U.S. was discovered and subsequently eradicated at approximately 1% of our franchisees’ locations. While the impact of this cyber-attack, including the costs associated with investigation and remediation activities, was not material to our business and our financial results, our efforts to deter, identify, mitigate and/or eliminate any future breaches may not be successful.
Severe weather or other natural or manmade disasters could adversely affect our business.
Severe weather conditions and other natural or manmade disasters, including storms, floods, fires or earthquakes, epidemics or pandemics, or terrorist attacks, conflicts or unrest, may result in decreased revenues, as our customers reduce their shipments, or increased costs to operate our business, which could have an adverse effect on our results of operations for a quarter or year. Any such event affecting one of our major facilities could result in a significant interruption in or disruption of our business.

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We make significant capital investments in our business of which a significant portion is tied to projected volume levels.
We require significant capital investments in our business consisting of aircraft, vehicles, technology, facilities and sorting and other types of equipment to support both our existing business and anticipated growth. Forecasting projected volume involves many factors which are subject to uncertainty, such as general economic trends, changes in governmental regulation and competition. If we do not accurately forecast our future capital investment needs, we could have excess capacity or insufficient capacity, either of which would negatively affect our revenues and profitability. In addition to forecasting our capital investment requirements, we adjust other elements of our operations and cost structure in response to adverse economic conditions; however, these adjustments may not be sufficient to allow us to maintain our operating margins in a weak economy.
We derive a significant portion of our revenues from our international operations and are subject to the risks of doing business in international markets.
We have significant international operations and while the geographical diversity of our international operations helps ensure that we are not overly reliant on a single region or country, we are continually exposed to changing economic, political and social developments beyond our control. Emerging markets are typically more volatile than those in the developed world, and any broad-based downturn in these markets could reduce our revenues and adversely affect our business, financial position and results of operations. We are subject to many laws governing our international operations, including those that prohibit improper payments to government officials and commercial customers, and restrict where we can do business, our shipments to certain countries and the information that we can provide to non-U.S. governments.
We are subject to changes in markets and our business plans that have resulted, and may in the future result, in substantial write-downs of the carrying value of our assets, thereby reducing our net income.
Our regular review of the carrying value of our assets has resulted, from time to time, in significant impairments, and we may in the future be required to recognize additional impairment charges. Changes in business strategy, government regulations, or economic or market conditions have resulted and may result in further substantial impairments of our intangible, fixed or other assets at any time in the future. In addition, we have been and may be required in the future to recognize increased depreciation and amortization charges if we determine that the useful lives of our fixed assets or intangible assets are shorter than we originally estimated. Such changes could reduce our net income.
Employee health and retiree health and pension benefit costs represent a significant expense to us.
With approximately 444,000 employees, including approximately 362,000 in the U.S., our expenses relating to employee health and retiree health and pension benefits are significant. In recent years, we have experienced significant increases in some of these costs, largely as a result of economic factors beyond our control, including, in particular, ongoing increases in health care costs well in excess of the rate of inflation and historically low discount rates that we use to value our benefit plan obligations. Continued increasing health care costs, volatility in investment returns and discount rates, as well as changes in laws, regulations and assumptions used to calculate retiree health and pension benefit expenses, may adversely affect our business, financial position, results of operations or require significant contributions to our benefit plans. The new national master agreement with the IBT includes changes that are designed to mitigate certain of these health care expenses, but there can be no assurance that our efforts will be successful or that the failure or success of these efforts will not adversely affect our business, financial position, results of operations or liquidity.
We participate in a number of trustee-managed multiemployer pension and health and welfare plans for employees covered under collective bargaining agreements. As part of the overall collective bargaining process for wage and benefit levels, we have agreed to contribute certain amounts to the multiemployer benefit plans during the contract period. The multiemployer benefit plans set benefit levels and are responsible for benefit delivery to participants. Future contribution amounts to multiemployer benefit plans will be determined only through collective bargaining, and we have no additional legal or constructive obligation to increase contributions beyond the agreed-upon amounts (except potential surcharges under the Pension Protection Act of 2006 in the event that a plan enters critical status, and our contributions are not sufficient to satisfy any rehabilitation plan funding schedule). In future collective bargaining negotiations, we could agree to make significantly higher future contributions to improve the funded status of one or more of these plans. The funded status of these multiemployer plans are impacted by various factors, including investment performance, health care inflation, changes in demographics and changes in participant benefit levels. At this time, we are unable to determine the amount of additional future contributions, if any, or whether any material adverse effect on our financial condition, results of operations or liquidity could result from our participation in these plans. 

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In addition to our ongoing multi-employer pension plan obligations, we may have additional exposure with respect to benefits earned in the Central States Pension Fund (the "CSPF"), from which UPS withdrew in 2007 in return for fully funding its allocable share of unfunded vested benefits thereunder.   In 2015, CSPF submitted a proposed pension suspension plan to the U.S. Department of Treasury under the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014 (“MPRA”) which proposes to make retirement benefit reductions to CSPF participants, including to the benefits of certain UPS employee participants.  Separately, UPS agreed to provide supplemental benefits under the UPS/IBT Full-Time Employee Pension Plan to offset certain benefit reductions under the CSPF.  We have no other multi-employer pension plans subject to such a funding obligation.  UPS has reviewed the CSPF’s proposed plan to evaluate the validity of the actions taken by the CSPF, the plan’s compliance with the MPRA (and proposed regulations thereunder) and its potential impact on UPS’s funding obligations under the UPS/IBT Full-Time Employee Pension Plan.  We are vigorously challenging the proposed suspension plan because it does not fully comply with the law and we do not believe certain actions by CSPF are valid. Accordingly, we have not assumed or recognized a liability for supplemental benefits within the UPS/IBT Full-Time Employee Pension Plan due to the submission of CSPF’s proposed plan to the U.S. Department of Treasury. Further, we are not able to estimate a range of additional obligations, if any, or determine whether any such amounts are material due to a number of uncertainties relating to the MPRA (and proposed regulations thereunder) and assumptions made by the CSPF in its proposed plan.
We may be subject to various claims and lawsuits that could result in significant expenditures.
The nature of our business exposes us to the potential for various claims and litigation related to labor and employment, personal injury, property damage, business practices, environmental liability and other matters. Any material litigation or a catastrophic accident or series of accidents could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial position and results of operations.
We may not realize the anticipated benefits of acquisitions, joint ventures or strategic alliances.
As part of our business strategy, we may acquire businesses and form joint ventures or strategic alliances. Whether we realize the anticipated benefits from these transactions depends, in part, upon the successful integration between the businesses involved, the performance of the underlying operations, capabilities or technologies and the management of the acquired operations. Accordingly, our financial results could be adversely affected by our failure to effectively integrate the acquired operations, unanticipated performance issues, transaction-related charges or charges for impairment of long-term assets that we acquire.
Insurance and claims expenses could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations.
We have a combination of both self-insurance and high-deductible insurance programs for the risks arising out of the services we provide and the nature of our global operations, including claims exposure resulting from cargo loss, personal injury, property damage, aircraft and related liabilities, business interruption and workers' compensation. Workers' compensation, automobile and general liabilities are determined using actuarial estimates of the aggregate liability for claims incurred and an estimate of incurred but not reported claims, on an undiscounted basis. Our accruals for insurance reserves reflect certain actuarial assumptions and management judgments, which are subject to a high degree of variability. If the number or severity of claims for which we are retaining risk increases, our financial condition and results of operations could be adversely affected. If we lose our ability to self-insure these risks, our insurance costs could materially increase and we may find it difficult to obtain adequate levels of insurance coverage.

Item 1B.
Unresolved Staff Comments
Not applicable.
 
Item 2.
Properties

Operating Facilities
We own our headquarters, which is located in Atlanta, Georgia and consists of about 745,000 square feet of office space in an office campus, and our UPS Supply Chain Solutions group’s headquarters, which is located in Alpharetta, Georgia, and consists of about 310,000 square feet of office space.
We also own 30 of our 31 principal U.S. package operating facilities, which have floor spaces that range from approximately 310,000 to 879,000 square feet. In addition, we have a 1.9 million square foot operating facility near Chicago, Illinois, which is designed to streamline shipments between East Coast and West Coast destinations, and we own or lease over 1,000 additional smaller package operating facilities in the U.S. The smaller of these facilities have vehicles and drivers

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stationed for the pickup of packages, and capacity for the sorting, transfer and delivery of packages. The larger of these facilities also service our vehicles and equipment, and employ specialized mechanical installations for the sorting and handling of packages.
We own or lease more than 800 facilities that support our international package operations. In addition, we own or lease more than 500 facilities, with approximately 32.2 million square feet of floor space, that support our freight forwarding and logistics operations. We own and operate a logistics campus consisting of approximately 3.7 million square feet in Louisville, Kentucky.
Our aircraft are operated in a hub and spoke pattern in the U.S., with our principal air hub, known as Worldport, located in Louisville, Kentucky. The Worldport facility consists of over 5.2 million square feet and the site includes approximately 596 acres with a sorting capacity of approximately 416,000 packages per hour and includes high-speed conveyor and computer control systems.
We also have regional air hubs in Columbia, South Carolina; Dallas, Texas; Ontario, California; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Rockford, Illinois. These hubs house facilities for the sorting, transfer and delivery of packages. Our European air hub is located in Cologne, Germany, and we maintain Asia-Pacific air hubs in Shanghai, China; Shenzhen, China; and Hong Kong. Our regional air hub in Canada is located in Hamilton, Ontario, and our regional air hub for Latin America and the Caribbean is in Miami, Florida.
UPS has made a successful transition to become the first wholly-owned foreign express carrier in China. The UPS International Air Hub at Pudong International Airport, was built on a parcel totaling 2.4 million square feet with a sorting capacity of 17,000 packages per hour. This hub links all of China via Shanghai to UPS’s international network, with direct service to the Americas, Europe and Asia. It also connects points served in China by UPS through a dedicated service provided by Yangtze River Express, a Chinese all-cargo airline.
We also have a new intra-Asia air hub at Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport in China. The Shenzhen facility, which was built on a parcel of almost one million square feet and has a sorting capacity of 18,000 packages per hour, serves as our primary transit hub in Asia.
Our primary information technology operations are consolidated in a 443,600 square foot owned facility, the Ramapo Ridge facility, which is located on a 39-acre site in Mahwah, New Jersey. We also own a 175,000 square foot facility located on a 25-acre site in Alpharetta, Georgia, which serves as a backup to the main information technology operations facility in New Jersey. This facility provides production functions and backup capacity in the event that a power outage or other disaster incapacitates the main data center. It also helps to meet our internal communication needs.
We believe that our facilities are adequate to support our current operations.
Fleet
Aircraft
The following table shows information about our aircraft fleet as of December 31, 2015:
Description
Owned and
Capital
Leases
 
Short-term
Leased or
Chartered
From
Others
 
On
Order
 
Under
Option
Boeing 757-200F
75

 

 

 

Boeing 767-300ERF
59

 

 

 

Airbus A300-600F
52

 

 

 

Boeing MD-11F
38

 

 

 

Boeing 747-400F
11

 

 

 

Boeing 747-400BCF
2

 

 

 

Other

 
413

 

 

Total
237

 
413

 

 

We maintain an inventory of spare engines and parts for each aircraft.
All the aircraft we own meet Stage IV federal noise regulations and can operate at airports that have aircraft noise restrictions.
We currently do not have any commitments or options to purchase aircraft.
Vehicles
We operate a global ground fleet of approximately 110,000 package cars, vans, tractors and motorcycles. Our ground support fleet consists of 33,000 pieces of equipment designed specifically to support our aircraft fleet, ranging from non-powered container dollies and racks to powered aircraft main deck loaders and cargo tractors. We also have 33,000 containers used to transport cargo in our aircraft.
 
Item 3.
Legal Proceedings
For a discussion of legal proceedings affecting us and our subsidiaries, please see the information under note 4 to the audited consolidated financial statements for a discussion of pension related matters and note 9 for a discussion of judicial proceedings and other matters arising from the conduct of our business activities.
 
Item 4.
Mine Safety Disclosures
Not applicable.


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PART II

Item 5.
Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

Our class A common stock is not listed on a national securities exchange or traded in an organized over-the-counter market, but each share of our class A common stock is convertible into one share of our class B common stock.
The following is a summary of our class B common stock price activity and dividend information for 2015 and 2014. Our class B common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “UPS”.
 
High
 
Low
 
Close
 
Dividends
Declared
2015:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
First Quarter
$
114.25

 
$
96.59

 
$
96.94

 
$
0.73

Second Quarter
$
102.13

 
$
95.38

 
$
96.91

 
$
0.73

Third Quarter
$
103.43

 
$
94.46

 
$
98.69

 
$
0.73

Fourth Quarter
$
106.80

 
$
96.23

 
$
96.23

 
$
0.73

2014:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
First Quarter
$
104.85

 
$
93.19

 
$
97.38

 
$
0.67

Second Quarter
$
104.30

 
$
95.57

 
$
102.66

 
$
0.67

Third Quarter
$
105.09

 
$
94.87

 
$
98.29

 
$
0.67

Fourth Quarter
$
113.10

 
$
94.05

 
$
111.17

 
$
0.67

As of February 17, 2016, there were 154,153 and 18,383 record holders of class A and class B common stock, respectively.
The policy of our Board of Directors is to declare dividends out of current earnings. The declaration of dividends is subject to the discretion of the Board of Directors and will depend on various factors, including our net income, financial condition, cash requirements, future prospects and other relevant factors.
On February 10, 2016, our Board declared a dividend of $0.78 per share, which is payable on March 9, 2016 to shareowners of record on February 22, 2016. This represents a nearly 7% increase from the previous $0.73 quarterly dividend in 2015.
A summary of repurchases of our class A and class B common stock during the fourth quarter of 2015 is as follows (in millions, except per share amounts):
 
Total Number
of Shares
Purchased(1)
 
Total Number
of Shares Purchased
as Part of Publicly
Announced Program
 
Average
Price Paid
Per Share
 
Approximate Dollar
Value of Shares that
May Yet be Purchased
Under the Program
(as of month-end)
October 1—October 31
4.3

 
4.3

 
$
102.94

 
$
1,680

November 1—November 30
0.9

 
0.8

 
104.17

 
1,596

December 1—December 31
1.5

 
1.5

 
101.08

 
1,441

Total October 1—December 31
6.7

 
6.6

 
$
102.66

 
 
(1)
Includes shares repurchased through our publicly announced share repurchase program and shares tendered to pay the exercise price and tax withholding on employee stock options.

On February 14, 2013, the Board of Directors approved a share repurchase authorization of $10.0 billion, which replaced an authorization previously announced in 2012. The new share repurchase authorization has no expiration date. We anticipate repurchasing approximately $2.7 billion of shares in 2016.

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Shareowner Return Performance Graph
The following performance graph and related information shall not be deemed “soliciting material” or to be “filed” with the SEC, nor shall such information be incorporated by reference into any future filing under the Securities Act of 1933 or Securities Exchange Act of 1934, each as amended, except to the extent that the Company specifically incorporates such information by reference into such filing.
The following graph shows a five year comparison of cumulative total shareowners’ returns for our class B common stock, the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, and the Dow Jones Transportation Average. The comparison of the total cumulative return on investment, which is the change in the quarterly stock price plus reinvested dividends for each of the quarterly periods, assumes that $100 was invested on December 31, 2010 in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, the Dow Jones Transportation Average, and our class B common stock.

 
12/31/2010
 
12/31/2011
 
12/31/2012
 
12/31/2013
 
12/31/2014
 
12/31/2015
United Parcel Service, Inc.
$
100.00

 
$
103.88

 
$
107.87

 
$
158.07

 
$
171.77

 
$
160.61

Standard & Poor’s 500 Index
$
100.00

 
$
102.11

 
$
118.43

 
$
156.77

 
$
178.22

 
$
180.67

Dow Jones Transportation Average
$
100.00

 
$
100.01

 
$
107.49

 
$
151.97

 
$
190.08

 
$
158.23



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Item 6.
Selected Financial Data
The following table sets forth selected financial data for each of the five years in the period ended December 31, 2015 (in millions, except per share amounts). This financial data should be read together with our consolidated financial statements and related notes, Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations, including Items Affecting Comparability section, and other financial data appearing elsewhere in this report.
 
Years Ended December 31,
 
2015
 
2014
 
2013
 
2012
 
2011
Selected Income Statement Data
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Revenue:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
U.S. Domestic Package
$
36,747

 
$
35,851

 
$
34,074

 
$
32,856

 
$
31,717

International Package
12,149

 
12,988

 
12,429

 
12,124

 
12,249

Supply Chain & Freight
9,467

 
9,393

 
8,935

 
9,147

 
9,139

Total Revenue
58,363

 
58,232

 
55,438

 
54,127

 
53,105

Operating Expenses:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Compensation and benefits
31,028

 
32,045

 
28,557

 
33,102

 
27,575

Other
19,667

 
21,219

 
19,847

 
19,682

 
19,450

Total Operating Expenses
50,695

 
53,264

 
48,404

 
52,784

 
47,025

Operating Profit:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
U.S. Domestic Package
4,767

 
2,859

 
4,603

 
459

 
3,764

International Package
2,137

 
1,677

 
1,757

 
869

 
1,709

Supply Chain and Freight
764

 
432

 
674

 
15

 
607

Total Operating Profit
7,668

 
4,968

 
7,034

 
1,343

 
6,080

Other Income and (Expense):
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Investment income
15

 
22

 
20

 
24

 
44

Interest expense
(341
)
 
(353
)
 
(380
)
 
(393
)
 
(348
)
Income Before Income Taxes
7,342

 
4,637

 
6,674

 
974

 
5,776

Income Tax Expense
2,498

 
1,605

 
2,302

 
167

 
1,972

Net Income
$
4,844

 
$
3,032

 
$
4,372

 
$
807

 
$
3,804

Per Share Amounts:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic Earnings Per Share
$
5.38

 
$
3.31

 
$
4.65

 
$
0.84

 
$
3.88

Diluted Earnings Per Share
$
5.35

 
$
3.28

 
$
4.61

 
$
0.83

 
$
3.84

Dividends Declared Per Share
$
2.92

 
$
2.68

 
$
2.48

 
$
2.28

 
$
2.08

Weighted Average Shares Outstanding:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
901

 
916

 
940

 
960

 
981

Diluted
906

 
924

 
948

 
969

 
991

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
As of December 31,
 
2015
 
2014
 
2013
 
2012
 
2011
Selected Balance Sheet Data:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cash and marketable securities
$
4,726

 
$
3,283

 
$
5,245

 
$
7,924

 
$
4,275

Total assets
38,311

 
35,440

 
35,553

 
38,818

 
34,077

Long-term debt
11,316

 
9,856

 
10,824

 
11,089

 
11,095

Shareowners’ equity
2,491

 
2,158

 
6,488

 
4,733

 
7,108



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Item 7.
Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

Overview
Growth in the US economy proceeded at a moderately slow and uneven pace throughout 2015, resulting in 2.4% GDP growth for the year with an initial estimate of 1.8% GDP growth in the fourth quarter of 2015 when compared to 2014. Consumer spending remains the primary driver of growth in the economy, as the combination of low inflation, healthy employment growth and a strong dollar have created a favorable environment for U.S. households. However, much of the growth in consumer spending has been centered in the service sector and not in the manufacturing sector. Retail sales growth was disappointing throughout most of 2015, and finished the year on a soft note with an underwhelming holiday season. E-commerce has been one of the few bright spots for retailers, as growth in digital sales far outpaced traditional brick-and mortar retailers. U.S. manufacturing continues to struggle, with weak export demand and sharp cutbacks in the mining sector combining to curb domestic industrial production and investment spending in the economy. These conditions are likely to continue in upcoming quarters, and growth is expected to remain fairly uneven in the economy as the bifurcation of the economy continues through the first half of 2016. Given these trends, overall volume grew slowly during 2015, with those products most aligned with the retail industry and e-commerce in particular experiencing the most growth.
Global GDP forecasts have been reduced in recent months, largely driven by growth concerns in emerging markets. China’s economy continues to decelerate, particularly in the manufacturing sector, and recent financial market turmoil has raised concerns that the pace of deceleration might be faster than initially expected. This in turn has driven down commodity prices worldwide, and weakened the outlook for China’s major trading partners such as the EU and other emerging Asian nations. The fall in commodity prices has negative implications for many other emerging economies, particularly in Latin America and Russia, which rely on commodity exports to drive economic growth. Outside of emerging markets, growth in the developed world appears to be continuing at a moderate pace, and advanced economies such as the many EU nations should continue to experience solid growth in 2016. The uneven nature of economic growth worldwide, combined with a trend towards more intra-regional trade, has continued the shifting of trade patterns and weakened demand in certain trade lanes. As a result of these circumstances, we continued to adjust our air capacity and cost structure in our transportation network to better match the prevailing volume levels. Our broad portfolio of product offerings and the flexibilities inherent in our transportation network have helped us adapt to these changing trends.
While the worldwide economic environment remained challenging in 2015, we have continued to undertake several initiatives in the U.S. and internationally to (1) improve the flexibility and capacity in our transportation network; (2) improve yield management; and (3) increase operational efficiency and contain costs across all segments. Most notably, the continued deployment of technology improvements (including several facility automation projects and the accelerated deployment of our On Road Integrated Optimization and Navigation system - "ORION") should increase our network capacity, and improve operational efficiency, flexibility and reliability. Additionally, we have continued to utilize newly expanded operating facilities to improve time-in-transit for shipments in each region.
Our consolidated results are presented in the table below:
 
Year Ended December 31,
 
% Change
 
2015
 
2014
 
2013
 
2015/ 2014
 
2014/ 2013
Revenue (in millions)
$
58,363

 
$
58,232

 
$
55,438

 
0.2
 %
 
5.0
 %
Operating Expenses (in millions)
50,695

 
53,264

 
48,404

 
(4.8
)%
 
10.0
 %
Operating Profit (in millions)
$
7,668

 
$
4,968

 
$
7,034

 
54.3
 %
 
(29.4
)%
Operating Margin
13.1
%
 
8.5
%
 
12.7
%
 
 
 
 
Average Daily Package Volume (in thousands)
18,324

 
18,016

 
16,938

 
1.7
 %
 
6.4
 %
Average Revenue Per Piece
$
10.37

 
$
10.58

 
$
10.76

 
(2.0
)%
 
(1.7
)%
Net Income (in millions)
$
4,844

 
$
3,032

 
$
4,372

 
59.8
 %
 
(30.6
)%
Basic Earnings Per Share
$
5.38

 
$
3.31

 
$
4.65

 
62.5
 %
 
(28.8
)%
Diluted Earnings Per Share
$
5.35

 
$
3.28

 
$
4.61

 
63.1
 %
 
(28.9
)%

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UNITED PARCEL SERVICE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND
RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

Items Affecting Comparability
The year-over-year comparisons of our financial results are affected by the following items (in millions):
 
Year Ended December 31,
 
2015
 
2014
 
2013
Operating Expenses:
 
 
 
 
 
Defined Benefit Plans Mark-to-Market Charge
$
118

 
$
1,062

 
$

Health & Welfare Plan Charges

 
1,102

 

TNT Termination Fee and Related Expenses

 

 
284

Gain Upon Liquidation of Foreign Subsidiary

 

 
(245
)
Total Adjustments to Operating Expenses
118

 
2,164

 
39

Income Tax Expense (Benefit) from the Items Above
(39
)
 
(807
)
 
(75
)
Total Adjustments to Net Income
$
79

 
$
1,357

 
$
(36
)
These items have been excluded from comparisons of "adjusted" operating expenses, operating profit, operating margin and income taxes in the discussion that follows.
Defined Benefit Plans Mark-to-Market Charge
In 2015, we recognized pre-tax mark-to-market losses in compensation and benefits expense of $118 million ($79 million after-tax) on our pension and postretirement defined benefit plans related to the remeasurement of plan assets and liabilities recognized outside of a 10% corridor. These charges impacted our U.S. Domestic Package segment ($62 million), International Package segment ($44 million) and Supply Chain & Freight segment ($12 million).
In 2014, we recognized pre-tax mark-to-market losses in compensation and benefits expense of $1.062 billion ($670 million after-tax) on our pension and postretirement defined benefit plans related to the remeasurement of plan assets and liabilities recognized outside of a 10% corridor. These charges impacted our U.S. Domestic Package segment ($660 million), International Package segment ($200 million) and Supply Chain & Freight segment ($202 million).
No mark-to-market gain or loss was incurred in 2013, as the remeasurement of plan assets and liabilities only resulted in adjustments within the 10% corridor (and thus only impacted accumulated other comprehensive income).
The table below indicates the amounts associated with each component of the pre-tax mark-to-market loss, as well as the weighted-average actuarial assumptions used to determine our net periodic benefit costs, for each year:
 
 
Year Ended December 31,
Components of mark-to-market gain (loss) (in millions):
 
2015
 
2014
 
2013
Discount rates
 
$
1,624

 
$
(954
)
 
$

Return on assets
 
(1,550
)
 
42

 

Demographic and assumption changes
 
(133
)
 
(150
)
 

Reclassification of prior year unrecognized benefit cost
 
(59
)
 

 

     Total mark-to-market gain (loss)
 
$
(118
)
 
$
(1,062
)
 
$

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Weighted-average actuarial assumptions used to determine net periodic benefit cost:
 
2015
 
2014
 
2013
Expected rate of return on plan assets
 
8.66
%
 
8.66
%
 
8.69
%
Actual rate of return on plan assets
 
0.37
%
 
9.45
%
 
8.36
%
Discount rate used for net periodic benefit cost
 
4.36
%
 
5.24
%
 
4.38
%
Discount rate at measurement date
 
4.81
%
 
4.36
%
 
5.24
%

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The $118 million and $1.062 billion pre-tax mark-to-market losses for the years ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively, were comprised of the following components:
2015 - $118 million pre-tax mark-to-market loss:
Discount Rates ($1.624 billion pre-tax gain): The weighted-average discount rate for our pension and postretirement medical plans increased from 4.36% at December 31, 2014 to 4.81% at December 31, 2015, primarily due to an increase in U.S. treasury yields and credit spreads on AA-rated corporate bonds in 2015.
Return on Assets ($1.550 billion pre-tax loss): In 2015, the actual 0.37% rate of return on plan assets fell short of our expected rate of return of 8.66%, primarily due to weak global equity markets.
Demographic and Assumption Changes ($133 million pre-tax loss): This represents the difference between actual and estimated participant data and demographic factors, including items such as health care cost trends, compensation rate increases, and rates of termination, retirement and mortality.
Reclassification of Prior Year Unrecognized Benefit Cost ($59 million pre-tax loss): Our mark-to-market accounting policy requires recognition of gains and losses in excess of a corridor equal to 10% of the plans' projected benefit obligations (or fair value of the plans' assets, if greater). The decrease in certain plans' projected benefit obligations resulted in a lower corridor, which required recognition of prior year unrecognized benefit costs for some of our plans.
2014 - $1.062 billion pre-tax mark-to-market loss:
Discount Rates ($954 million pre-tax loss): The weighted-average discount rate for our pension and postretirement medical plans declined from 5.24% at December 31, 2013 to 4.36% at December 31, 2014. This overall decline in discount rates was primarily driven by a 122 basis point decline in the 30 year Treasury bond rate, but was partially offset by an increase in credit spreads on AA-rated 30 year bonds.
Return on Assets ($42 million pre-tax gain): In 2014, the actual rate of return on plan assets of 9.45% exceeded our expected rate of return of 8.66%, primarily due to gains in the world equity markets.
Demographic and Assumption Changes ($150 million pre-tax loss): The implementation of new U.S. mortality tables in 2014 resulted in an increased participant life expectancy assumption, which increased the overall projected benefit obligation for our plans.
Health and Welfare Plan Charges
In connection with the ratification of our national master agreement with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters ("Teamsters") in 2014, we incurred pre-tax charges totaling $1.102 billion ($687 million after-tax) associated with changes in the delivery of healthcare benefits to certain active and retired union employees. These charges are discussed in further detail in the "Collective Bargaining Agreements" section. These charges impacted our U.S. Domestic Package segment ($990 million), International Package segment ($28 million) and Supply Chain & Freight segment ($84 million).
TNT Termination Fee and Related Expenses
On January 30, 2013, the European Commission issued a formal decision prohibiting our proposed acquisition of TNT Express N.V. ("TNT Express"). As a result of the prohibition by the European Commission, the condition of our offer requiring European Union competition clearance was not fulfilled, and our proposed acquisition of TNT Express could not be completed. Given this outcome, UPS and TNT Express entered a separate agreement to terminate the merger protocol, and we withdrew our formal offer for TNT Express. We paid a termination fee to TNT Express of €200 million ($268 million) under this agreement, and also incurred transaction-related expenses of $16 million during 2013. The combination of these items resulted in a pre-tax charge of $284 million ($177 million after-tax), which impacted our International Package segment.

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Gain Upon the Liquidation of a Foreign Subsidiary
Subsequent to the termination of the merger protocol, we liquidated a foreign subsidiary that would have been used to acquire the outstanding shares of TNT Express in connection with the proposed acquisition. Upon the liquidation of this subsidiary in 2013, we realized a pre-tax foreign currency gain of $245 million ($213 million after-tax), which impacted our International Package segment.
Results of Operations—Segment Review
The results and discussions that follow are reflective of how our executive management monitors the performance of our reporting segments. We supplement the reporting of our financial information determined under generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) with certain non-GAAP financial measures, including operating profit, operating margin, pre-tax income, net income and earnings per share adjusted for the non-comparable items discussed previously. We believe that these adjusted measures provide meaningful information to assist investors and analysts in understanding our financial results and assessing our prospects for future performance. We believe these adjusted financial measures are important indicators of our recurring results of operations because they exclude items that may not be indicative of, or are unrelated to, our core operating results, and provide a better baseline for analyzing trends in our underlying businesses. Additionally, these adjusted financial measures are used internally by management for the determination of incentive compensation awards, business unit operating performance analysis, and business unit resource allocation.
As discussed in our "Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates", we recognize changes in the fair value of plan assets and net actuarial gains and losses in excess of a 10% corridor for company-sponsored pension and post-retirement liabilities immediately as part of net periodic benefit cost. In our results of operations and the discussions that follow, we have presented adjusted operating expenses, adjusted operating profit and adjusted operating margin excluding the portion of net periodic benefit cost represented by the gains and losses recognized in excess of the 10% corridor. This adjusted net periodic benefit cost is comparable to the accounting for our defined benefit plans in our quarterly reporting under U.S. GAAP, and reflects assumptions utilizing the expected return on plan assets and the discount rate used for determining net periodic benefit cost (the non-adjusted net periodic benefit cost reflects the actual return on plan assets and the discount rate used for measuring the projected benefit obligation). We believe this adjusted net periodic benefit cost provides important supplemental information that reflects the anticipated long-term cost of our defined benefit plans, and provides a benchmark for historical defined benefit cost trends that can be used to better compare year-to-year financial performance without considering the short-term impact of changes in market interest rates, equity prices, and similar factors.
Certain operating expenses are allocated between our reporting segments based on activity-based costing methods. These activity-based costing methods require us to make estimates that impact the amount of each expense category that is attributed to each segment. Changes in these estimates will directly impact the amount of expense allocated to each segment, and therefore the operating profit of each reporting segment. There were no significant changes in our expense allocation methodology during 2015, 2014 or 2013.


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U.S. Domestic Package Operations
 
 
Year Ended December 31,
 
% Change
 
2015
 
2014
 
2013
 
2015/ 2014
 
2014/ 2013
Average Daily Package Volume (in thousands):
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Next Day Air
1,316

 
1,274

 
1,271

 
3.3
 %
 
0.2
 %
Deferred
1,313

 
1,155

 
1,074

 
13.7
 %
 
7.5
 %
Ground
12,969

 
12,893

 
12,060

 
0.6
 %
 
6.9
 %
Total Avg. Daily Package Volume
15,598

 
15,322

 
14,405

 
1.8
 %
 
6.4
 %
Average Revenue Per Piece:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Next Day Air
$
19.66

 
$
20.42

 
$
20.12

 
(3.7
)%
 
1.5
 %
Deferred
11.70

 
12.57

 
12.70

 
(6.9
)%
 
(1.0
)%
Ground
7.98

 
7.85

 
7.96

 
1.7
 %
 
(1.4
)%
Total Avg. Revenue Per Piece
$
9.28

 
$
9.25

 
$
9.39

 
0.3
 %
 
(1.5
)%
Operating Days in Period
254

 
253

 
252

 
 
 
 
Revenue (in millions):
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Next Day Air
$
6,570

 
$
6,581

 
$
6,443

 
(0.2
)%
 
2.1
 %
Deferred
3,903

 
3,672

 
3,437

 
6.3
 %
 
6.8
 %
Ground
26,274

 
25,598

 
24,194

 
2.6
 %
 
5.8
 %
Total Revenue
$
36,747

 
$
35,851

 
$
34,074

 
2.5
 %
 
5.2
 %
Operating Expenses (in millions):
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Operating Expenses
$
31,980

 
$
32,992

 
$
29,471

 
(3.1
)%
 
11.9
 %
Defined Benefit Plans Mark-to-Market Charge
(62
)
 
(660
)
 

 
 
 
 
Health & Welfare Plan Charges

 
(990
)
 

 
 
 
 
Adjusted Operating Expenses
$
31,918

 
$
31,342

 
$
29,471

 
1.8
 %
 
6.3
 %
Operating Profit (in millions) and Operating Margin:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Operating Profit
$
4,767

 
$
2,859

 
$
4,603

 
66.7
 %
 
(37.9
)%
Adjusted Operating Profit
$
4,829

 
$
4,509

 
$
4,603

 
7.1
 %
 
(2.0
)%
Operating Margin
13.0
%
 
8.0
%
 
13.5
%
 
 
 
 
Adjusted Operating Margin
13.1
%
 
12.6
%
 
13.5
%
 
 
 
 
Revenue
The change in overall revenue was impacted by the following factors for the years ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, compared with the corresponding prior year periods:
 
Volume
 
Rates /
Product Mix
 
Fuel
Surcharge
 
Total
Revenue
Change
Revenue Change Drivers:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2015/ 2014
2.2
%
 
2.7
 %
 
(2.4
)%
 
2.5
%
2014/ 2013
6.8
%
 
(1.6
)%
 
 %
 
5.2
%




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Volume
2015 compared to 2014
Our total volume increased in 2015, largely due to faster growing premium air products and continued growth in e-commerce and overall retail sales. Business-to-consumer shipments, which represent more than 45% of total U.S. Domestic Package volume, grew nearly 3% for the year and drove increases in both air and ground shipments. Business-to-business volume grew 1% in 2015, largely due to increased volume from the retail industry including the use of our solutions for omni-channel (including ship-from-store and ship-to-store models) and returns shipping.
Among our air products, we experienced increased volume for our deferred air services in 2015, particularly for those products most aligned with business-to-consumer shipping, such as our residential Second Day Air Package and Three Day Select products. We also experienced solid growth in our business-to-business deferred air volume, largely due to increases in the retail sector. Next Day Air volume increased 3.3% in 2015, due to strong growth in e-commerce.
The increase in ground volume in 2015 was driven by growth in residential ground and SurePost volume and business-to-business shipping activity. The continued growth in e-commerce drove demand for our SurePost service, with volume increasing 3% in 2015. The increase in business-to-business ground volume was largely due to growth in omni-channel retail volume, the increased use of our returns service offerings and the growth in shipments from the retail sector.
2014 compared to 2013
Our total volume increased in 2014, largely due to continued solid growth in e-commerce and overall retail sales. Business-to-consumer shipments, which represent more than 45% of total U.S. Domestic Package volume, grew 12% for the year and drove increases in both air and ground shipments. UPS SurePost volume increased more than 45% in 2014, and accounted for approximately half of the overall volume growth for the segment. Business-to-business volume grew 3% in 2014, largely due to increased volume from the retail industry, including the use of our solutions for omni-channel (including ship-from-store and ship-to-store models) and returns shipping; additionally, business-to-business volume was positively impacted by growth in shipments from the industrial, automotive and government sectors.
Among our air products, volume increased in 2014 for both our Next Day Air and deferred services. Solid air volume growth continued for those products most aligned with business-to-consumer shipping, particularly our residential Second Day Air package product. Our business-to-business air volume increased slightly as well, largely due to growth in the retail and industrial sectors. This growth was slightly offset by a decline in air letter volume, which was negatively impacted by some competitive losses and slowing growth in the financial services industry. The growth in premium and deferred air volume continues to be impacted by economic conditions and changes in our customers' supply chain networks; the combination of these factors influences their sensitivity towards the price and speed of shipments, and therefore favoring the use of our deferred air services.
The increase in ground volume in 2014 was driven by our SurePost service offering, which had a volume increase of more than 45% for the year; additionally, we experienced moderate volume growth in our traditional residential and commercial ground services. Demand for SurePost and our traditional residential products continues to be driven by business-to-consumer shipping activity from e-commerce retailers and other large customers. The growth in business-to-business ground volume was largely due to growth in omni-channel retail volume, the increased use of our returns service offerings, and the growth in shipments from the industrial sector.
Rates and Product Mix
2015 compared to 2014
Overall revenue per piece increased 0.3% in 2015, and was impacted by changes in base rates, customer and product mix, and fuel surcharge rates.
Revenue per piece for our ground and air products was positively impacted by an increase in base rates which took effect on December 29, 2014 and an increase in surcharge rates that took effect November 2, 2015. We implemented an average 4.9% net increase in base and accessorial rates on UPS Next Day Air, UPS 2nd Day Air, UPS 3 Day Select and UPS Ground. Additionally, a pricing change involving the application of dimensional weight pricing to all UPS Ground services took effect on December 29, 2014. On November 2, 2015, the surcharge increased for Over Maximum Packages and the indices for Ground, Air and International fuel surcharges were adjusted.

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Revenue per piece decreased for our Next Day Air and deferred air products in 2015, as lower fuel surcharge rates more than offset the positive impact of the base rate increase. Product mix adversely impacted Next Day Air and deferred revenue per piece, as we experienced relatively stronger growth in our lighter-weight business-to-consumer shipments, which have lower average yields than our heavier-weight commercial shipments. Customer mix also adversely impacted Next Day Air and deferred revenue per piece, due to faster volume growth among our larger customers, which typically have a lower average yield than our small and middle-market customers.
Ground revenue per piece increased in 2015, primarily due to the base rate increase, the dimensional weight pricing change and product mix. Additionally, the revenue per piece for our traditional ground residential products was positively impacted by our decision not to pursue certain lower-yielding customer contract renewals. These factors were partially offset by declines in fuel surcharge rates as well as changes in customer mix, as we experienced faster volume growth among our larger customers.
2014 compared to 2013
Overall revenue per piece decreased 1.5% in 2014, and was impacted by changes in base rates, customer and product mix, and fuel surcharge rates.
Revenue per piece for our ground and air products was positively impacted by an increase in base rates that took effect on December 30, 2013. We implemented an average 4.9% net increase in base and accessorial rates on UPS Next Day Air, UPS 2nd Day Air, UPS 3 Day Select and UPS Ground.
Revenue per piece increased for our Next Day Air products in 2014, largely due to the base rate increase, an increase in the average weight per package, and a shift in product mix from lower-yielding letters towards higher-yielding packages. Revenue per piece declined for our deferred products in 2014, as customer and product mix changes more than offset the increase in base rates. Product mix adversely impacted deferred revenue per piece, as we experienced relatively stronger growth in our lighter-weight business-to-consumer shipments, which have lower average yields than our heavier-weight commercial shipments. Customer mix also adversely impacted deferred revenue per piece, due to faster volume growth among our larger customers, which typically have a lower average yield than our smaller and middle-market customers.
Ground revenue per piece decreased in 2014, as customer and product mix changes more than offset the impact of the base rate increase. Customer and product mix changes adversely impacted revenue per piece as a greater portion of our overall volume in 2014, relative to 2013, came from lighter-weight shipments (including more than 45% volume growth in SurePost) and larger customers.

Fuel Surcharges
UPS applies a fuel surcharge on our domestic air and ground services. The air fuel surcharge is based on the U.S. Department of Energy’s (“DOE”) Gulf Coast spot price for a gallon of kerosene-type jet fuel, while the ground fuel surcharge is based on the DOE’s On-Highway Diesel Fuel Price. Based on published rates, the average fuel surcharge rates for domestic air and ground products were as follows:
 
 
Year Ended December 31,
 
% Point Change
 
2015
 
2014
 
2013
 
2015/ 2014
 
2014/ 2013
Next Day Air / Deferred
4.8
%
 
10.2
%
 
10.7
%
 
(5.4
)%
 
(0.5
)%
Ground
5.5
%
 
7.1
%
 
7.2
%
 
(1.6
)%
 
(0.1
)%
Total domestic fuel surcharge revenue decreased by $843 million in 2015 as a result of lower fuel surcharge rates caused by declining jet and diesel fuel prices; however, the impact of lower fuel prices was partially mitigated by changes to the fuel surcharge indices, as well as the overall increase in package volume for the period. In 2014, total fuel surcharge revenue declined by $8 million as lower fuel surcharge rates (driven by lower fuel prices) more than offset the impact of increased air and ground volume.


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Operating Expenses
2015 compared to 2014
Adjusted operating expenses for the segment increased $576 million in 2015, primarily due to pick-up and delivery costs (up $602 million), the costs of package sorting (up $172 million) and indirect operating costs (up $122 million). The cost increases were partially offset by a reduction in the cost of operating our domestic integrated air and ground transportation network (down $319 million). These costs were impacted by several factors:
We incurred higher employee compensation, largely resulting from an increase in average daily union labor hours (up 0.8%), union contractual wage rate increases and growth in the overall size of the workforce.
Employee benefit costs increased, largely due to increased employee healthcare, pension expense and workers compensation expense.
We incurred lower fuel expense in 2015 primarily due to lower fuel prices. This was partially offset by higher fuel usage (due to an increase in aircraft block hours and vehicle miles driven offset by an increase in average miles per gallon).
We incurred lower expenses associated with purchased transportation, primarily due to the decreased use of, and lower fuel surcharge rates passed to us from rail carriers and outside contract carriers.
These cost increases were also mitigated by certain network efficiency and productivity improvements, which resulted in a 0.4% reduction in the total adjusted cost per piece in 2015 compared with 2014. Productivity improvements have continued to be realized through adjusting our air and ground networks to better match volume levels and utilizing technology to increase package sorting and delivery efficiency. The continued deployment of ORION has contained the average daily vehicle miles driven (down 0.4%) even as package volume increased (up 1.8%).
2014 compared to 2013
Adjusted operating expenses for the segment increased $1.871 billion in 2014, primarily due to pick-up and delivery costs (up $821 million), the cost of operating our domestic integrated air and ground network (up $719 million) and the costs of package sorting (up $167 million). These costs were impacted by several factors:
We incurred higher employee compensation costs, largely resulting from an increase in average daily union labor hours (up 7.5%), union contractual wage rate increases, increased employee healthcare expenses and growth in the overall size of the workforce. The increase in labor hours was driven by volume growth, additional overtime and training hours during our fourth quarter holiday shipping season, and adverse weather conditions in early 2014.
We incurred higher expenses associated with outside contract carriers, due to volume growth, issues associated with the service performance of rail carriers, and the adverse weather conditions in early 2014.
These cost increases were partially offset by a reduction in worker's compensation expense, due to actuarial adjustments that were largely attributable to operational safety and claims management initiatives.
These cost increases were also mitigated by certain network efficiency and productivity improvements, which resulted in a 0.4% reduction in the total adjusted cost per piece in 2014 compared with 2013. We have continued to adjust our air and ground networks to better match higher volume levels, utilize technology to increase package sorting and delivery efficiency, and benefit from improved pick-up densities. These improvements allowed us to process increased volume (up 6.4%) at a faster rate than the increase in average daily aircraft block hours (up 2.4%) and vehicle miles driven (up 4.2%).

Operating Profit and Margin
2015 compared to 2014
Adjusted operating profit increased $320 million in 2015 compared with 2014, while the adjusted operating margin increased 50 basis points to 13.1%. Overall volume growth allowed us to better leverage our transportation network, leading to improved productivity (resulting in a lower cost per piece) discussed previously. This was slightly offset by higher pension and healthcare costs, contractual union wage increases and the negative impact of fuel (fuel surcharge revenue decreased at a faster rate than fuel expense).

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2014 compared to 2013
Adjusted operating profit decreased $94 million in 2014 compared with 2013, and was impacted by several factors. We incurred approximately $200 million of additional operating costs during the fourth quarter holiday shipping season, largely due to decreased productivity, higher contract carrier rates, and additional union overtime and training hours. The unfavorable weather conditions in the U.S. in early 2014 reduced operating profit approximately $200 million in 2014, including the estimated loss in package volume, increased guaranteed service refunds to customers and higher operating expenses. Additionally, changes in customer and product mix combined to pressure our revenue per piece. These factors were partially offset by solid volume growth and the overall productivity improvements (resulting in lower cost per piece) discussed previously. The combination of these factors led to a 90 basis point decline in our operating margin in 2014 compared with 2013.


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International Package Operations
 
Year Ended December 31,
 
% Change
 
2015
 
2014
 
2013
 
2015/ 2014
 
2014/ 2013
Average Daily Package Volume (in thousands):
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Domestic
1,575

 
1,579

 
1,499

 
(0.3
)%
 
5.3
 %
Export
1,151

 
1,115

 
1,034

 
3.2
 %
 
7.8
 %
Total Avg. Daily Package Volume
2,726

 
2,694

 
2,533

 
1.2
 %
 
6.4
 %
Average Revenue Per Piece:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Domestic
$
6.06

 
$
6.97

 
$
7.06

 
(13.1
)%
 
(1.3
)%
Export
31.10

 
33.98

 
35.18

 
(8.5
)%
 
(3.4
)%
Total Avg. Revenue Per Piece
$
16.63

 
$
18.15

 
$
18.54

 
(8.4
)%
 
(2.1
)%
Operating Days in Period
254

 
253

 
252

 
 
 
 
Revenue (in millions):
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Domestic
$
2,425

 
$
2,784

 
$
2,667

 
(12.9
)%
 
4.4
 %
Export
9,092

 
9,586

 
9,166

 
(5.2
)%
 
4.6
 %
Cargo
632

 
618

 
596

 
2.3
 %
 
3.7
 %
Total Revenue
$
12,149

 
$
12,988

 
$
12,429

 
(6.5
)%
 
4.5
 %
Operating Expenses (in millions):
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Operating Expenses
$
10,012

 
$
11,311

 
$
10,672

 
(11.5
)%
 
6.0
 %
Defined Benefit Plan Mark-to-Market Charge
(44
)
 
(200
)
 

 
 
 
 
Health & Welfare Plan Charges

 
(28
)
 

 
 
 
 
Gain Upon Liquidation of Foreign Subsidiary

 

 
245

 
 
 
 
TNT Termination Fee and Related Expenses

 

 
(284
)
 
 
 
 
Adjusted Operating Expenses
$
9,968

 
$
11,083

 
$
10,633

 
(10.1
)%
 
4.2
 %
Operating Profit (in millions) and Operating Margin:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Operating Profit
$
2,137

 
$
1,677

 
$
1,757

 
27.4
 %
 
(4.6
)%
Adjusted Operating Profit
$
2,181

 
$
1,905

 
$
1,796

 
14.5
 %
 
6.1
 %
Operating Margin
17.6
%
 
12.9
%
 
14.1
%
 
 
 
 
Adjusted Operating Margin
18.0
%
 
14.7
%
 
14.5
%
 
 
 
 
Currency Translation Benefit / (Cost)—(in millions)*:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Revenue
 
 
 
 
 
 
$
(880
)
 
$
(72
)
Operating Expenses
 
 
 
 
 
 
858

 
87

Operating Profit
 
 
 
 
 
 
$
(22
)
 
$
15

*
Net of currency hedging; amount represents the change compared to the prior year.

Revenue
The change in overall revenue was impacted by the following factors for the years ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, compared with the corresponding prior year periods:
 
Volume
 
Rates /
Product Mix
 
Fuel
Surcharge
 
Currency
 
Total
Revenue
Change
Revenue Change Drivers:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2015/ 2014
1.6
%
 
1.9
 %
 
(3.2
)%
 
(6.8
)%
 
(6.5
)%
2014/ 2013
6.8
%
 
(1.7
)%
 
 %
 
(0.6
)%
 
4.5
 %

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Volume
2015 compared to 2014
Our overall average daily volume increased in 2015, largely due to continued strength in business-to-consumer volume, as well as strong demand from several sectors including healthcare and diversified vehicles and parts.
We continued to experience solid export volume growth in 2015. The growth was mainly driven by our European and Americas operations, which experienced solid increases in volume to most regions of the world. European export volume increased in 2015, with particular strength in the Europe-to-U.S., intra-European and Europe-to-Americas trade lanes. Americas export volume increased in 2015, with solid growth in the Americas-to-Europe and Americas-to-U.S. trade lanes. However, Asian export volume declined across all trade lanes due to the economic slowdown throughout the region, particularly China, while U.S. export volume declined largely due to the impact of the stronger U.S. Dollar. Export volume growth was led by our Transborder products, such as Transborder Standard and Transborder Express.
Domestic volume in 2015 decreased slightly from 2014 driven by selective revenue management initiatives focused on disciplined growth. Additionally, the results were impacted by slowing overall economic conditions in Germany and Canada.
2014 compared to 2013
Our overall average daily volume increased in 2014, largely due to strong demand from several economic sectors (including retail, healthcare, industrial and automotive).
We continued to experience strong export volume growth in 2014, with increases from all regions in the world. European export volume increased 12% for the year, with particular strength in the intra-European trade lanes and the Europe-to-U.S. trade lane. Asian export volume increased at a moderate pace (with strength in the Asia-to-U.S. and Asia-to-Europe trade lanes), and benefited from technology sector product launches. Export volume continued to shift towards our standard products, such as Transborder Standard and Worldwide Expedited, as compared with our premium express products, such as Worldwide Express. Our international customers continue to be impacted by economic pressures and changes in their supply chain networks, and the combination of these factors influences their sensitivity towards the price and speed of shipments.
The strong increase in domestic volume in 2014 was driven by solid volume growth in Canada, Italy, Spain, France and the United Kingdom.
Rates and Product Mix
2015 compared to 2014
Total average revenue per piece decreased 1.4% in 2015 on a currency-adjusted basis. The decline in fuel surcharge revenues (discussed in detail under Fuel Surcharges) more than offset the increases in base rates and revenue management activities.
On December 29, 2014, we implemented an average 4.9% net increase in base and accessorial rates for international shipments originating in the United States (Worldwide Express, Worldwide Saver, UPS Worldwide Expedited and UPS International Standard service). On November 2, 2015, the surcharge increased for Over Maximum Packages and the tables for Ground, Air and International fuel surcharges were adjusted. Rate changes for shipments originating outside the U.S. are made throughout the year and vary by geographic market.
Currency-adjusted export revenue per piece decreased 3.7% in 2015, due to lower fuel surcharge revenues, which more than offset the increase in base rates and disciplined yield and growth initiatives in Europe.
Currency-adjusted domestic revenue per piece increased 1.8% in 2015, largely due to base rate increases and disciplined yield and growth initiatives in Europe and Canada, offset by declining fuel surcharge rates.

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2014 compared to 2013
Total average revenue per piece decreased 1.5% in 2014 on a currency-adjusted basis, and was impacted by changes in base rates as well as product mix.
On December 30, 2013, we implemented an average 4.9% net increase in base and accessorial rates for international shipments originating in the United States (Worldwide Express, Worldwide Saver, UPS Worldwide Expedited and UPS International Standard service). Rate changes for shipments originating outside the U.S. are made throughout the year and vary by geographic market.
Currency-adjusted export revenue per piece decreased 3.1% in 2014, as the shift in product mix from our premium express products to our standard products more than offset the increase in base rates (volume for our standard products increased 12%, while volume for our premium express products increased 4%). Additionally, currency-adjusted export revenue per piece was adversely impacted by shorter average trade lanes (due to faster growth in intra-regional shipments) and changes in customer mix (as export volume growth for larger customers exceeded the volume growth for higher-yielding middle market customers).
Currency-adjusted domestic revenue per piece increased 0.3% in 2014, and was impacted by base rate increases, as well as changes in product mix and fuel surcharge rates.
Fuel Surcharges
We maintain fuel surcharges on our international air and ground services. The fuel surcharges for international air products originating inside or outside the United States are indexed to the DOE's Gulf Coast spot price for a gallon of kerosene-type jet fuel, while the fuel surcharges for ground products originating outside the United States are indexed to fuel prices in the international region or country where the shipment takes place.
Total international fuel surcharge revenue decreased by $516 million in 2015, primarily due to lower fuel prices; however, this was partially offset by an increase in overall volume and pricing changes made to the fuel surcharge indices. Total international fuel surcharge revenue increased by $2 million in 2014, as the combined impact of international air volume growth and modifications to the fuel surcharge indices were largely offset by declining fuel prices.
Operating Expenses
2015 compared to 2014
Overall adjusted operating expenses for the segment decreased $1.115 billion in 2015. This decrease was mostly due to currency exchange rate movements and lower fuel expense.
The decrease in operating expenses was impacted by the cost of operating our international integrated air and ground network, which decreased $617 million, as well as pick-up and delivery costs, which decreased $332 million. The decreases in network and pick-up and delivery costs were largely due to the impact of currency exchange rate movements, lower fuel expense, and a reduction in expense for outside transportation carriers (due to lower fuel surcharges passed to us from the carriers). Additionally, network costs were mitigated by restraining the growth in aircraft block hours (down 1.1% in 2015), as a result of ongoing modifications to our air network; this was achieved with a 3.2% increase in international export volume and continuing air product service enhancements.
The remaining decrease in operating expenses in 2015 was largely due to reductions of indirect operating costs and the cost of package sorting. Indirect operating costs decreased $130 million and the cost of package sorting decreased by $36 million. Both of these decreases were mainly attributable to the impact of currency.
Excluding the impact of currency exchange rate changes, the total adjusted cost per piece for the segment decreased 4.0% in 2015.

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RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

2014 compared to 2013
Overall adjusted operating expenses for the segment increased $450 million in 2014. This increase was driven by the cost of pick-up and delivery, which increased $201 million, as well as the cost of operating our international integrated air and ground network, which increased $150 million. The increases in pick-up and delivery and network costs were largely driven by higher package volume and higher expense for outside transportation carriers (which was impacted by network capacity constraints in Europe). However, network cost increases were mitigated by reductions in average daily aircraft block hours (1.1% decrease in 2014), as a result of ongoing modifications to our air network; this was achieved even with a 7.8% increase in international export volume and several air product service enhancements.
The remaining increase in adjusted operating expenses in 2014 was largely due to the costs of package sorting, which increased $52 million, and was impacted by volume growth. Additionally, indirect operating costs increased $47 million in 2014, and were affected by various factors, including restructuring charges, foreign currency remeasurement losses, legal contingency accruals, bad debt expense, and several other factors.
Excluding the impact of currency exchange rate changes, the total adjusted cost per piece for the segment decreased 1.6% in 2014.
Operating Profit and Margin
2015 compared to 2014
Adjusted operating profit increased by $276 million in 2015, while the adjusted operating margin increased 330 basis points. Operating profit and margin were positively affected by several factors including base rate increases, modifications to the fuel surcharge indices and the net impact of fuel (fuel expense declined at a faster rate than fuel surcharge revenue). These items were partially offset by the net impact of currency exchange rate movements (including our currency hedging gains), which reduced operating profit by $22 million when comparing 2015 with 2014.
2014 compared to 2013
Adjusted operating profit increased by $109 million in 2014, while the adjusted operating margin increased 20 basis points. These increases were largely due to moderate revenue growth combined with the mitigation of expense increases through improved productivity.
In addition to the aforementioned factors, the net impact of fuel (fuel surcharge revenue grew faster than fuel expense) and the net impact of currency (remeasurement and translation gains) resulted in a favorable impact on operating profit of $127 million when comparing 2014 with 2013. Fuel surcharge revenue was favorably impacted during 2014 by rate increases to the fuel surcharge index. Operating profit in 2014 was negatively impacted by $21 million due to a restructuring charge and related costs in Europe.



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Supply Chain & Freight Operations
 
Year Ended December 31,
 
% Change
 
2015
 
2014
 
2013
 
2015/ 2014
 
2014/ 2013
Freight LTL Statistics:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Revenue (in millions)
$
2,479

 
$
2,633

 
$
2,502

 
(5.8
)%
 
5.2
 %
Revenue Per Hundredweight
$
22.94

 
$
22.64

 
$
22.05

 
1.3
 %
 
2.7
 %
Shipments (in thousands)
10,433

 
10,762

 
10,497

 
(3.1
)%
 
2.5
 %
Shipments Per Day (in thousands)
41.2

 
42.5

 
41.5

 
(3.1
)%
 
2.5
 %
Gross Weight Hauled (in millions of lbs)
10,808

 
11,632

 
11,348

 
(7.1
)%
 
2.5
 %
Weight Per Shipment (in lbs)
1,036

 
1,081

 
1,081

 
(4.2
)%
 
 %
Operating Days in Period
253

 
253

 
253

 
 
 
 
Revenue (in millions):
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Forwarding and Logistics
$
5,900

 
$
5,758

 
$
5,492

 
2.5
 %
 
4.8
 %
Freight
2,881

 
3,048

 
2,882

 
(5.5
)%
 
5.8
 %
Other
686

 
587

 
561

 
16.9
 %
 
4.6
 %
Total Revenue
$
9,467

 
$
9,393

 
$
8,935

 
0.8
 %
 
5.1
 %
Operating Expenses (in millions):
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Operating Expenses
$
8,703

 
$
8,961

 
$
8,261

 
(2.9
)%
 
8.5
 %
Defined Benefit Plans Mark-to-Market Charge
(12
)
 
(202
)
 

 
 
 
 
Health & Welfare Plan Charges

 
(84
)
 

 
 
 
 
Adjusted Operating Expenses
$
8,691

 
$
8,675

 
$
8,261

 
0.2
 %
 
5.0
 %
Operating Profit (in millions) and Operating Margins:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Operating Profit
$
764

 
$
432

 
$
674

 
76.9
 %
 
(35.9
)%
Adjusted Operating Profit
$
776

 
$
718

 
$
674

 
8.1
 %
 
6.5
 %
Operating Margin
8.1
%
 
4.6
%
 
7.5
%
 
 
 
 
Adjusted Operating Margin
8.2
%
 
7.6
%
 
7.5
%
 
 
 
 
Currency Translation Benefit / (Cost)—(in millions)*:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Revenue
 
 
 
 
 
 
$
(249
)
 
$
(65
)
Operating Expenses
 
 
 
 
 
 
279

 
54

Operating Profit
 
 
 
 
 
 
$
30

 
$
(11
)
*
Amount represents the change compared to the prior year.
Revenue
2015 compared to 2014
Forwarding and logistics revenue increased $142 million in 2015 compared with 2014. Excluding the effect of Coyote, revenue decreased $532 million in 2015 compared with 2014. Forwarding revenue decreased largely due to the adverse impact of currency exchange rate movements, lower fuel surcharge rates (due to declining fuel prices) and volume and tonnage declines in our North American air freight and international air freight businesses (impacted by management focus on reducing lower-yielding accounts). Revenue for our logistics products increased in 2015, as we experienced solid growth in our healthcare and aerospace solutions.

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Freight revenue decreased $167 million in 2015, driven by lower tonnage of 7.1% and a $157 million decrease in fuel surcharge revenue due to lower diesel fuel prices. The decline in average daily shipments and the reduction in weight per shipment was impacted by revenue management initiatives, customer mix, and an overall decline in market demand. LTL Revenue per hundredweight increased slightly, as LTL base rate increases averaging 4.9% took effect on December 29, 2014, covering non-contractual shipments in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Revenue for the other businesses within Supply Chain & Freight increased $99 million in 2015, due to revenue growth from our service contracts with the U.S Postal Service and at The UPS Store, UPS Capital and UPS Customer Solutions.
2014 compared to 2013
Forwarding and logistics revenue increased $266 million in 2014 compared with 2013. Forwarding revenue increased for the year, primarily due to volume and tonnage growth in our international air freight, North American air freight and ocean freight businesses, which were impacted by improving overall market demand. This was partially offset, however, by lower rates charged to our customers in our international air forwarding business, which was largely due to industry overcapacity in key trade lanes, particularly the Asia-outbound market. Revenue for our logistics products increased in 2014, as we experienced solid growth in our mail services, healthcare and retail distribution solutions.
Freight revenue increased $166 million in 2014, driven by solid increases in average daily LTL shipments and LTL revenue per hundredweight. The increase in average daily LTL shipments in 2014 was impacted by overall U.S. economic growth and improving LTL market conditions. The increase in LTL revenue per hundredweight was largely due to our focus on yield management, as well as general rate increases averaging 4.4% and 5.9% that took effect in March 2014 and June 2013, respectively, covering non-contractual shipments in the United States, Canada and Mexico. LTL fuel surcharge revenue increased by $13 million in 2014 compared with 2013, due to changes in diesel fuel prices and overall LTL shipment volume.
Revenue for the other businesses within Supply Chain & Freight increased $26 million in 2014, due to revenue growth at The UPS Store, UPS Capital and UPS Customer Solutions; however, this was partially offset by a decline in revenue from our contract to provide domestic air transportation services for the U.S. Postal Service.
Operating Expenses
2015 compared to 2014
Forwarding and logistics adjusted operating expenses increased $91 million in 2015 compared with 2014. This increase was largely due to the acquisition of Coyote during the third quarter of 2015, partially offset by the impact of currency exchange rate movements and lower fuel expense. Purchased transportation expense increased by $37 million in 2015 due to the acquisition of Coyote offset by lower tonnage, fuel expense, and the impact of foreign currency exchange rates. The remaining operating expense increase was related to several other expense categories, including payroll and benefits expense.
Freight adjusted operating expenses decreased $151 million in 2015, while the total adjusted cost per LTL shipment decreased 1.9%. The decrease in adjusted operating expense was largely due to the cost associated with operating our linehaul network (which decreased $142 million) and decreases in pick-up and delivery expenses. The decreases in network costs and pick-up and delivery expenses were driven by a reduction in fuel expense and expense for outside transportation carriers (largely due to lower LTL volume and fuel surcharges passed to us from the carriers). These benefits were partially offset by an increase in other operating expenses of $3 million for 2015 largely due to higher pension costs (impacted by lower discount rates for UPS-sponsored plans).
Operating expenses for the other businesses within Supply Chain & Freight increased $76 million in 2015 compared with 2014 primarily due to UPS Capital and our service contracts with the U.S. Postal Service.

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2014 compared to 2013
Forwarding and logistics adjusted operating expenses increased $266 million in 2014, largely due to higher purchased transportation and employee compensation expenses. Purchased transportation expense increased by $229 million for the year, primarily due to higher volume and tonnage in our international air freight forwarding business and higher rates charged to us by third-party transportation carriers. Compensation and benefits expense increased $47 million in 2014, due to merit salary and wage increases for management and hourly employees, along with an increase in the overall size of the workforce.
Freight adjusted operating expenses increased $140 million in 2014, while the total adjusted cost per LTL shipment increased 2.0%. The increase in adjusted operating expenses was largely due to pick-up and delivery expenses (which increased $96 million) and the costs associated with operating our linehaul network (which increased $65 million). The increases in pick-up and delivery and network costs were primarily due to contractual wage increases, higher LTL volume and increased costs associated with outside contract and rail carriers. Partially offsetting these cost increases were reductions in indirect operating expenses, including lower auto liability and worker's compensation costs, which were impacted by operational safety and claims management initiatives, as well as lower pension expense.
Operating expenses for the other businesses within Supply Chain & Freight increased $8 million in 2014 compared with 2013.
Operating Profit and Margin
2015 compared to 2014
Adjusted operating profit for the forwarding and logistics unit increased by $51 million in 2015 compared with 2014, primarily due to improved results in our international air business, partially offset by the impact of Coyote acquisition costs. The net impact of fuel costs and revenue management initiatives had a positive impact on operating profit. Operating results for the international air forwarding business improved, as the rates at which we procure capacity from third party air carriers decreased faster than the rates we charge our customers. Profitability in our ocean freight unit grew largely as a result of transportation expense decreasing at a faster rate than the rates we charge our customers. However, operating profit for the logistics unit declined, as investments in technology and infrastructure continued to pressure distribution margins during 2015.
Adjusted operating profit for our freight unit decreased $16 million in 2015 compared with 2014, as declines in tonnage and increased pension costs more than offset the increased LTL revenue per hundredweight realized during the year.
The combined operating profit for all of our other businesses in this segment increased $23 million in 2015, primarily due to higher operating profit at UPS Capital and our service contracts with the U.S. Postal Service.
2014 compared to 2013
Adjusted operating profit for the forwarding and logistics unit remained comparable between 2014 and 2013, and was impacted by several factors. Operating profit in the international air forwarding business declined in 2014, as continued excess market capacity in key trade lanes reduced the margin between the rates we charge our customers and the rates at which we procure capacity from third party air carriers. We increased profitability in our North American air freight, ocean freight, distribution and mail services units in 2014, as a result of improving market demand and cost controls.
Adjusted operating profit for our freight unit increased $26 million in 2014 compared with 2013, as shipment growth, increased yields and higher productivity more than offset contractual union wage increases.
The combined operating profit for all of our other businesses in this segment increased $18 million in 2014, primarily due to higher operating profit at UPS Capital and UPS Customer Solutions.



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Operating Expenses
 
 
Year Ended December 31,
 
% Change
 
2015
 
2014
 
2013
 
2015/ 2014
 
2014/ 2013
Operating Expenses (in millions):
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Compensation and Benefits:
$
31,028

 
$
32,045

 
$
28,557

 
(3.2
)%
 
12.2
 %
Defined Benefit Plans Mark-to-Market Charge
(118
)
 
(1,062
)
 

 
 
 
 
Health & Welfare Plan Charges

 
(1,102
)
 

 
 
 
 
Adjusted Compensation and Benefits
30,910

 
29,881

 
28,557

 
3.4
 %
 
4.6
 %
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Repairs and Maintenance
1,400

 
1,371

 
1,240

 
2.1
 %
 
10.6
 %
Depreciation and Amortization
2,084

 
1,923

 
1,867

 
8.4
 %
 
3.0
 %
Purchased Transportation
8,043

 
8,460

 
7,486

 
(4.9
)%
 
13.0
 %
Fuel
2,482

 
3,883

 
4,027

 
(36.1
)%
 
(3.6
)%
Other Occupancy
1,022

 
1,044

 
950

 
(2.1
)%
 
9.9
 %
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Expenses:
4,636

 
4,538

 
4,277

 
2.2
 %
 
6.1
 %
TNT Termination Fee and Related Expenses

 

 
(284
)
 
 
 
 
Gain Upon Liquidation of Foreign Subsidiary

 

 
245

 
 
 
 
Adjusted Other Expenses
4,636

 
4,538

 
4,238

 
2.2
 %
 
7.1
 %
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total Operating Expenses
$
50,695

 
$
53,264

 
$
48,404

 
(4.8
)%
 
10.0
 %
Adjusted Total Operating Expenses
$
50,577

 
$
51,100

 
$
48,365

 
(1.0
)%
 
5.7
 %
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Currency Translation Cost / (Benefit)*
 
 
 
 
 
 
$
(1,137
)
 
$
(141
)
*
Amount represents the change compared to the prior year.
Compensation and Benefits
2015 compared to 2014
Employee payroll costs increased $351 million in 2015, compared with 2014, largely due to contractual union wage rate increases, a 1.2% increase in union labor hours, higher incentive compensation and a merit salary increase for management employees, partially offset by productivity improvements and the impact of currency exchange rates. The increase in average daily union labor hours was impacted by volume growth. Additionally, adverse weather conditions in the early part of 2014 contributed to a decrease in labor hours in the comparison between 2015 and 2014.
Adjusted benefits expense increased $679 million in 2015, primarily due to increased pension costs, health and welfare costs, workers compensation expenses, vacation, holiday and excused absence expenses and payroll taxes. These factors are discussed further as follows:
Adjusted pension costs increased $333 million in 2015, due to increased expenses in both company-sponsored pension plans (largely due to lower discount rates used to determine ongoing pension cost for 2015) and multiemployer pension plans (due to both increased contribution rates and higher union labor hours).
Health and welfare costs increased $275 million in 2015, largely due to contractual contribution rate increases and higher union labor hours.


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Workers compensation expense increased $36 million in 2015. Insurance reserves are established for estimates of the loss that we will ultimately incur on reported worker's compensation claims, as well as estimates of claims that have been incurred but not reported, and take into account a number of factors including our history of claim losses, payroll growth and the impact of safety improvement initiatives. In 2015, we experienced less favorable actuarial expense adjustments than the prior year as well as increased program costs and taxes.
Vacation, holiday and excused absence expense increased $32 million in 2015, due to an increase in the overall number of employees and increased vacation entitlements earned based on employees' years of service; however, these factors were partially offset by the impact of currency exchange rates.
2014 compared to 2013
Employee payroll costs increased $1.054 billion in 2014, compared with 2013, largely due to contractual union wage rate increases, a 7.5% increase in average daily union labor hours, and a merit salary increase for management employees. The increase in average daily union labor hours was impacted by volume growth, as well as additional training hours for the seasonal fourth quarter staffing increase. Additionally, adverse weather conditions in the early part of 2014 contributed to an increase in labor hours in the year over year comparison.
Adjusted benefits expense increased $270 million in 2014, primarily due to increased health and welfare costs, payroll taxes, and vacation, holiday and excused absence expenses. However, these factors were partially offset by a reduction in pension costs and workers compensation expense. These factors are discussed further as follows:
Adjusted health and welfare costs increased $221 million in 2014, largely due to higher medical claims in company-sponsored plans, increased contributions to multiemployer plans and the impact of several provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. The growth in multiemployer plan contributions was impacted by contractual contribution rate increases and higher union labor hours.
Payroll taxes increased $73 million in 2014, primarily as a result of higher union labor hours, union wage rate increases and higher management incentive compensation payments.