Kurt Kuehn, chief financial officer of United Parcel Service Inc., talks about the company’s holiday shipping outlook and business strategy. Kuehn speaks with Carol Massar on Bloomberg Television’s “In the Loop.”
Vote for Your Favorite Scholastic Classic and The UPS Store will send that same title to Toys for Tots for a less fortunate child.
Today The UPS Store® launches Vote for Your Favorite Scholastic Classic, aimed to raise literacy awareness and support for the Toys for Tots Literacy Program, an effort dedicated to providing our nation’s most economically disadvantaged children the ability to compete academically and succeed in life.
Through Dec. 15, people can visit the Toys for Tots Facebook page to vote for their favorite of six classic childhood titles from Scholastic – The Secret Garden, Make Way for Ducklings, Charlotte’s Web, Stone Soup, The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Three Little Pigs. For every vote, The UPS Store will purchase that same book for a child in need, up to $10,000 worth of books.
It’s the busiest season of the year for UPS, the world’s biggest package shipping company, and its Worldport hub. That’s where a virtual army of workers is helping to sort packages and load them onto to jets that deliver to 200 countries.
Ten years in the making, a UPS system called Orion crunches data so that drivers can save a fraction of a mile. It’s expected to save the world’s biggest package delivery company millions of dollars a year in gas. Bloomberg goes inside the making of the mathematical model that explores the physics of the driving route.
Some of the dreamers in the technology industry are dreaming even bigger. It won’t be just drones, they insist. Robots and autonomous vehicles — think Google’s driverless car — could also disrupt the delivery business.
“As cities become more automated, you’re going to start to see on-demand delivery systems that look like small delivery vehicles and can bring you whatever you want to wherever you are,” said Bryant Walker Smith, a fellow at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School and a member of the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford. “Rather than go to the store to buy some milk, a robot or drone will go to a warehouse and get it for you, then deliver it.”