Two prizewinning UPS customers share their stories

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Meet winners from recent Compass contests.

At UPS Compass®, we're always looking for ways to learn from our readers. Contests are a good vehicle, and we run several promotions a year, such as the Tell Your Story promotion ending this month and the popular Party in a Box contest to celebrate the NCAA® basketball tournament.

You still have a chance to enter a Compass contest that's going on now.

We talked to two lucky winners to find out more about their businesses:

Hinton Motors

During the NCAA tournament, luck was smiling on Monte Likkel, parts manager at Hinton Chevrolet Buick Inc. in Lynden, Wash. "I won a 55-inch flat-screen TV in one pool, and the very next day got an e-mail from UPS telling me that I had won the Compass sweepstakes, too." The grand prize: a catered lunch for 20.

The staff from the dealership hung out at a local sports bar to watch basketball. The dealership owner had the catered in-house luncheon party celebrating NCAA March Madness® to reward his team.

"There's a lot of good information and ideas in Compass," Likkel says. He uses UPS visibility tools to track inbound and outbound parts shipments, mostly to other GM dealers in the area.

"Thanks to UPS, I can get anything I need in 24 hours," he says. "And I can look up a ZIP Code and quote shipping cost right there while I'm on the phone."

This Party in a Box contest runs every March. Look for it again next year.

JMS Products (Just Merino Sheepskin)

One blistering-hot Arizona day, Judith Sperling burned the palm of her hand on the shift knob in her car, and the idea for JMS Products was born. A hand-sewn sheepskin gearshift cover was the first of dozens of automotive, equestrian and medical products the company makes.

That was 28 years ago. Now, this longtime reader of UPS Compass does business globally from a 3,000-square-foot building on a ranch 15 miles from Bisbee, Ariz., in an area "where the cows outnumber the people," she says.

"I get a lot of tips from Compass," Sperling says. "It makes me feel I am not alone."

Sperling also won a catered lunch for 20 as a thank-you for taking the Compass annual reader survey. Since she doesn't have that many employees, Sperling arranged for the prize value of $1,000 to go to Jimmy's Hot Dog Co., a Bisbee tourist destination known for excellent fare. The owners volunteered to print $10 meal vouchers for residents of Bisbee shelters for abused women, the homeless and people in rehab. Sperling, herself an abuse survivor, included a letter describing her own journey toward success. "I hope my story will inspire them to realize they can make it, too."

Other winners

We awarded a total of six prizes (each a lunch for 20 people) in our annual reader survey.

Other winners were:

Thank you to all our customers who participated.

Good news: You still have a chance to enter a Compass contest that's going on now – but hurry, the deadline is July 31. Just share your business' success story as it relates to shipping logistics – and you could win one of 10 $50 Visa gift cards. Plus, we'll include your company in an upcoming Compass story. Enter today.

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