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Hilarious shipping adverts that made us laugh

The world’s leading shipping couriers, UPS, FedEx, DHL, and TNT have produced many funny advertisements over the years, some of which have been award-winning and have remained long in the memory. Read the article below to discover the ten shipping adverts that we found hilarious.

1. FEDEX FAST TALKER - 1981

Starring the man named by the Guinness Book of World Records, as being the world’s fastest talker, John Moschitta Jr, this advert features Moschitta playing an executive named Jim Spleen who speaks at a frenetic pace and balances meetings, job interviews, board meetings, client meetings all at the same time.

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The advert ends with a FedEx parcel landing on the executive’s desk with a voiceover telling us that the one company can keep up with it all is FedEx. This advert was critically acclaimed, being named in 1999 in position 11, as one of the top 100 advertising campaigns ever made.

2. FEDEX CASTAWAY ADVERT - 2003

A parody on the 2000 film Castaway, this FedEx features a disheveled looking FedEx delivery man, delivering a package. He then informs the recipient that he was marooned on an island for five years with the package and that he swore that he would get the package delivered because he worked for FedEx.

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The castaway then asks the receiver,

“what’s in the package?”

The woman replies with:

"Nothing really," as she opens the package.

"Just a satellite phone, GPS locator, fishing rod, water purifier, and some seeds. Just silly stuff."

All items that would have helped the castaway to escape the island!

3. UPS OFFICE RIVALRY ADVERT - 2019

4-time F1 World champion Sebastian Vettel stars in this UPS advert, where he plays an employee on his first day at his new job. The office manager introduces Vettel as being bought in to improve speed and efficiency to the business - much to the annoyance of a competitive-looking employee who has a wall above his desk decorated with awards.

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Vettel than partakes in several games of one-upmanship with the employee, as he assembles an office chair in double-quick time, steals the last drops of coffee from the Office jug, takes the employee’s seat at the boardroom table and packs a UPS envelope quicker than the employee. The advert ends with Vettel driving away in a red Ferrari.

4. FEDEX MBA ADVERT - 2003

In this funny advert, we meet Tom - settling in on his first day at his new job. His manager appears and asks him for some help and takes him to a warehouse filled with FedEx packages and parcels, where she tells him that all the packages need to be sent out by the end of the day.

Tom is hesitant, telling his manager that he “doesn’t do shipping.” His manager shows him how easy it is to process the shipments.

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Tom complains again, implying that the work is underneath him because he has an MBA. The manager replies dismissively saying that because he has an MBA, he will need thorough training on how to process shipments. The advert ends with the FedEx strapline, that ‘FedEx makes shipping so easy, that even an MBA can do it.’

5. DHL PYRAMIDS ADVERT - 2011

In this wacky 2011 advert, we are transported to ancient Egypt, where labourers are building the Pyramids. A warrior appears and he shoots an arrow that travels forwards in time and pierces an illuminated DHL sign. The arrow is picked up and taken to a DHL office, where DHL employees figure out what is happening. Next, we see DHL liveried planes, trucks and shipping containers in Egypt transporting and assembling blocks of stones into pyramids.

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6. FEDEX BOARDROOM ADVERT - 2007

This advert starts with a group of executives brainstorming on how to cut costs. The camera pans to what looks like a less-senior member of staff, who provides the suggestion that by using FedEx shipping services, the company could lower its costs. The room falls silent.

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The company boss speaks and repeats the same idea. Cue, the other executives around the boardroom table all excitedly agreeing to the suggestion. The less senior member of staff, who has just seen his idea stolen, complains to the boss about this, however, the boss makes several awkward hand gestures, which he says proves his idea was different.

7. TNT OUTBACK PUB ADVERT - 1983

In this advert, we are taken to a pub in the Australian outback, where the patrons are crowding around a phone calling up a supplier, as the pub’s Alcohol supplies have run dry. In the nick of time, TNT arrives to the rescue, delivering the much-needed supplies to the pub.

8. TNT PEOPLE NETWORK ADVERT - 2014

This advert sees TNT delivery drivers run out of a cargo plane and form a human tower in the shape of a truck as it delivers goods to customers.

Credit: youtube.com/TNT

9. UPS BIG BROWN TRUCK ADVERT - 2001

Featuring Nascar legend Dale Jarrett, the advert starts with Jarrett at a racetrack, where he is met by a child who asks him whether he will be driving the ‘UPS big brown truck’. Jarrett replies ‘no.’ The child responds by saying that he will be holding in this breath until Jarrett agrees to drive the truck. A couple of seconds pass before Jarrett pops the child’s cheeks.

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10. FEDEX OFFICE GARAGE ADVERT - 2014

The advert takes place in what appears to be an office, where a businessman sat at a desk waxes lyrical about his philosophies to a FedEx delivery man. Behind the businessman is a window, from where we can see several skyscrapers. Suddenly, the window behind the businessman starts lifting to reveal that the location is a garage!

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