New UPS Express Packages Design Supports Black-Owned Small Businesses During Black History Month

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NEW YORK—UPS is celebrating Black History Month this year with a special design on Express delivery packages, part of a campaign to support Black-owned small businesses. UPS has commissioned art for any of its delivery boxes, and the design was created by 25-year-old Sophia Yeshi, a graphic illustrator who is Black and southeast Asian and owns Yeshi Designs, a Brooklyn-based small business. The temporary redesign is part of UPS' new “Proudly Unstoppable” campaign, which is designed to amplify minority voices while providing aid to Black-owned businesses through the end of the year. On the site, users can order the special Express boxes, view the new campaign and learn more about how the program works this month.

Yeshi's "Let's Rise Together" design will appear on Express boxes throughout February, featuring Black men, women and children holding hands. Yeshi also stars in a new UPS ad and video for the "Proudly Unstoppable" campaign.

As part of the campaign UPS is also working with a non-profit group, 30-Day Fund, to provide forgivable $5,000 loans to pre-selected Black-owned small businesses in need each day in February. UPS says recipients can repay the loans if they want to "pay it forward" to another small business, but repayment is not required.

UPS will also spotlight Black-owned small businesses on collection boxes, as well as on internal and external UPS platforms.