UPS Numbers

June 13, 2013 in Daily Bulletin

UPS is rolling out a new delivery management system. Marcus Wohlsen used it as an opportunity to look at some of the unbelievable numbers behind the package delivery company:

  • The average UPS driver makes 120 deliveries a day. There are 15 trillion, trillion possible routes that the driver could take to make those deliveries – far more than the age of the earth in nanoseconds.
  • And UPS has 55,000 delivery drivers. Those calculations have to be made for every single one of them.
  • Figuring out a better delivery management system is a lucrative initiative for UPS – reducing the average amount driven by just 1 mile can save $30 million.
  • UPS also has a meticulous truck packaging system that minimizes the number of inches a driver has to reach to grab a package to deliver.

Read more about the delivery efficiency manual that UPS uses, the importance of human intuition, and the new delivery management system that it is developing over here.

Source: Wired