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>How can we non-institutional types get the sort of
>info we need to compare UPS to someone like FedEx?

Strangely enough, tomorrow's column just might have something to do with this topic. :)

In order to do an IPO, a company has to file a honking big document disclosing just about everyting imagineable and a few outright halucinations. I believe it's called an S1.

Here's a link to Red Hat's S1 so you can get some idea of how nasty they are...

To find the suckers, go to , click on full-index and load the (17 megabyte) file "company.idx". (You may want to download the zip file, it's a lot smaller). Then search through for "united parcel service"...

I believe this would be UPS's S-1...

Here's an amendment to it (S-1A... they forgot something?)

And I haven't got a clue what an S-4 is but apparently they filed one... Ooh, lots of human readable text and explanations, jolly good...

Bon apetit.

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