As a global leader in supply chain management, UPS has the technology and experience to help aid organizations deliver life-saving supplies where they're needed most. The company's partnership with nonprofit Aidmatrix helps mobilize more than $1.5 billion in aid each year, impacting the lives of more than 65 million people around the world.

Aidmatrix applies supply chain management technologies to help leading organizations deliver goods, money and services to some of the most challenging environments in the world, like conflicted regions and areas hit by natural disasters.

In this video, Keith Thode, who leads the daily operations of Aidmatrix, and Melis Jones, vice president of programs, join Dale Herzog of UPS to explain the benefits of their collaboration. UPS provides financial support, employee commitment and transportation assets to help Aidmatrix in their efforts. Additionally, UPS provided their logistics expertise in the development of a warehouse management system.

"In the end, these supply chains of giving that we're creating will do more than just deliver aid out to people who need it," says Thode. "Now, the change built will empower those people at the end to be producers into the chain. That will get them past the point of needing aid and really have them contributing to the economy, and therefore changing their lives."

Learn more about UPS humanitarian relief efforts at ups.com/responsibility.

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Keith Thode, COO & CTO, Aidmatrix

Aidmatrix takes supply chain management technologies and uses them to help leading relief organizations get the right material to people that are hurting where and when they need it.

Melis Jones, VP of Programs, Aidmatrix

The partners that we work with work in some of those challenging environments in the world. How do you build tools that will support them even when the infrastructure is failing them?

Keith Thode, COO & CTO, Aidmatrix

Before Aidmatrix had come along, folks had been working very hard with lots of manual processes. With Aidmatrix, they can now get online and coordinate. Corporate support is key to us and our nonprofit partners to achieve our goals. UPS has been a flagship supporter of Aidmatrix, with financial support, with the support of their people and their unique transportation assets.

Dale Herzog, Customer Solutions, UPS

The relationship with Aidmatrix was born almost out of necessity. After Katrina, we had thousands of customers who were trying to contact UPS, wanting to help, wanting to move relief supplies. We found Aidmatrix. They had a very rudimentary warehouse management system. The UPS Foundation started working on the system with Aidmatrix to develop it into an information portal, and the portal basically works in such a way that it's linking donors to need.

Melis Jones, VP of Programs, Aidmatrix

UPS brings a strong background in logistics, and Aidmatrix brings that supply chain technology. So together we are much stronger.

Dale Herzog, Customer Solutions, UPS

One of the things that I'm most proud of is that we've actually been able to take the Aidmatrix software and develop it to a point where it's a universal platform, where now we have multiple agencies that are not only interested in it, but asking for it, asking for training, and asking for our support.

Keith Thode, COO & CTO, Aidmatrix

In the end, the supply chains of giving that we are creating will do more than just deliver aid out to people that need it, but now the chain is built, we'll empower those people at the end to be producers into the chain. That will get them past the point of needing aid and really having them contributing to the economy, and therefore changing their lives.