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  • dudesbag dudesbag Oct 29, 2013 6:00 PM Flag

    For you UPS operations folks out there...

    So today I'm accompanying my mother at the doctor's office when I see the FedEx ground independent contractor get off the elevator. I ask my mother to watch how he handles the delivery from the elevator to the front desk staff. First he stops outside the door, puts the 3 packages (small) down and does an inputting procedure. He then picks them up, comes in the door and proceeds to wait in line behind an elderly couple for about 45 seconds until he's "served.' He completes the delivery and then fishes for his keys before leaving the office. I ask mom what she thought about the driver's approach. She says she thought it was pretty efficient. So I go on to relive some of my past glory by telling about the definitive methods that drivers are taught and how to be tactfully aggressive to get signatures quickly. I suggested to mom that all told he probably wasted about 45 seconds to a minute. She asks, "what's the big deal?" So I simply say ," mom, what's 45 seconds X 120 stops?" After she looks at me for a bit I say 54 minutes. I think she gained a new perspective.

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    • dudesbag I see what you are saying. It make sense doesn't it? Now I will to bet you could work more efficient on your job also? The problem on these so called productivity improvements is most of these stock holder probably work a lot less than UPS workers!

      • 1 Reply to deerrunstoo
      • Morning deerrunstoo- just to carry on the thought process of optimal methods use leading to more efficient and profitable business, what do you think about the new ORION system being rolled out? What I liked about the prestart research was the challenge to senior drivers to "beat the computer." The intent was to make sure their knowledge and experience would be incorporated into the process to optimize the mileage and emissions savings. Seems like it's the no left turn concept on steroids.

    • but the only problem is- Fed Ex pays the contractors by the piece/ stop...etc....so they don;t care if the guy fishes around in his pants for 2 minutes looking for his keys...playing with his junk.,..whatever...when it snows and it takes a ups driver 30 miniutes more to do his route...it costs Fed Ex $zero extra...they have absolute cost certainty....ups supervisors spend their time ojsing drivers...etc--- Fed Ex contractors dont need to get ojs;d....

      • 1 Reply to trvr3
      • Understood about the FedEx IC's and that soon to be disgraced business model if the states have their way. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised to see the whole issue collapse into some sort of class action suit. But my point was that people not engrossed in the UPS way of doing business don't know how much productivity/efficiency/profit is involved in the whole "methods" concept. It'slike people thinking the no left turn policy is silly when it saves 10's of millions of vehicle miles and lessens our pollution output.

    • I hear you, been their and done that, I find myself doing the same thing.

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