For more than 100 years, United Parcel Service's recognizable brown trucks have been showing up on doorsteps in a timely fashion. Founded in 1907 as a messenger company, UPS has grown into a multibillion-dollar corporation by enabling commerce to travel the globe. Now the world's largest package-delivery company and a recognized name in specialized transportation and logistics services, UPS's legions manage the flow of goods, funds, and grandmas' cookies in more than 200 countries.
The UPS Store's obliging staff and reputation for reliable package conveyance attracts all types of packers, shippers, and printers. Packers regularly stop in for masking-tape rolls and other do-it-yourself supplies. Alternatively, senders can enlist the skillful packing of the store's staffers, who will deftly seal boxes and cushion contents with bubble wrap or styrofoam peanut-butter sandwiches. In addition to packaging services and supplies, UPS Stores proffer printing services for large-quantity flyer makers and mailbox rentals for lazy messenger pigeons. Each independently owned location abides by the company's rigorous cargo standards and solemn Pack & Ship Promise.
The highly trained technicians at Jiffy Lube tend to about 24 million customers each year with services such as the Jiffy Lube Signature Service Oil-Change, which helps promote the longevity of each vehicle. Staffers acknowledge that oil plays a crucial role in maximizing the lifespan of each car—it cools the motor and helps prevent moving parts from deteriorating. More than 20,000 technicians who have completed an extensive training program certified by the National Institute Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) service vehicles at Jiffy Lube. In addition to performing oil changes, technicians perform preventative services such as air-filtration and electrical system maintenance, among others, as well as state emissions inspections. Jiffy Lube’s quality pledge includes a commitment to transparency, which stipulates that they will inform car owners of any necessary services, complete a service only after it has been approved, and refuse to replace windshields with saran wrap.
Blockbuster Express reboots the home-video experience of yore with more than 200 video-vending kiosks conveniently located in Atlanta with thousands more nationwide. The shiny blue monoliths of joy are stuffed every Tuesday with hundreds of current blockbusters and hits—including titles like The Social Network, Red, and Paranormal Activity 2—providing endless visual sustenance for hungry eyes. With kiosks located in grocery stores, convenience stores, pharmacies, and other places that are daily frequented, dinner and a movie becomes far easier than smuggling a blindfolded chef into a multiplex.
Owned by its head chef, Healthy Chef Express crafts fresh, balanced meals and delivers them to clients' doors for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Each meal is whipped up from local and regional ingredients and delivered on the same day it was cooked so it never has to be frozen or encased in carbonite. The chefs emphasize well-balanced dishes, combining 35% carbohydrates from fresh fruits and vegetables, 45% protein from lean meat, fish, cheese, and other healthy sources, and 20% from good fats, such as sesame oil, avocados, and sources of omega-3s. Sample menu items include mesquite-grilled chicken with sweet-potato-and-chorizo hash and apricot-glazed boneless pork chops. Healthy Chef Express has a gluten-free menu available to accommodate clients who have diet