Monday Q&A: UPS driver celebrates 25 accident-free years – Modesto Bee

Brian Edwards has been driving for 25 years without an accident. That may not seem all that impressive, until you learn that Edwards is a delivery driver for United Parcel Service, putting in up to 140 miles per day on the road.

For his years of accident-free driving, Edwards, 48, was honored with membership into the UPS Circle of Honor. He’s in fairly exclusive company – of 11,198 drivers in California, 722 are in the Circle of Honor, according to UPS.

Edwards, who will celebrate his 26th year with the company in April, credits attentiveness to other drivers and his employer’s strong safety program for his driving success. The Oakdale resident works out of the UPS delivery center in Ceres.

NYC and state sue UPS for illegally shipping cigarettes – Reuters

New York City and New York state sued United Parcel Service Inc. on Wednesday, seeking over $180 million in damages and penalties against the shipping company for allegedly delivering nearly 700,000 cartons of untaxed cigarettes across the state.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, accuses UPS of cheating the state and city of $29.7 million and $4.7 million, respectively, in tax revenue, according to a statement from New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

 

3 Reasons to Be Bullish on United Parcel Service – Motley Fool

After United Parcel Service missed earnings estimates for two consecutive fourth quarters, investors would be entitled to feel a bit concerned about the company’s direction. It’s fair to say UPS’ execution has not been what investors have hoped for, but that doesn’t mean the stock isn’t worth buying. On the contrary, there are many reasons to feel positive about the stock, and the recent dip could prove an excellent entry point.

At UPS, the Algorithm Is the Driver – Morningstar

Turn right, turn left, turn right: inside Orion, the 10-year effort to squeeze every penny from delivery routes

Here’s a math problem for you. Each United Parcel Service Inc. driver makes an average of 120 stops per day. There are 6,689,502,913,449,135,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, 000,000,000,000,000,000,000, 000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, 000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, 000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 alternatives for ordering those stops. Which option is the most efficient, after considering variables such as special delivery times, road regulations, and the existence of private roads that don’t appear on a map?

Even if an optimal answer exists, the human mind will never figure it out. And while experts at UPS have been giving the problem their best shot for more than a century, the company is shifting that work over to a computer platform called Orion, which is 10 years and an estimated hundreds of millions of dollars in the making. “Can a human really think of the best way to deliver 120 stops? This is where the algorithm will come in. It will explore paths of doing things you would not, because there are just too many combinations,” says Jack Levis, senior director of process management at UPS.

Elite UPS Driver Group Grows to More Than 7,800

UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced the induction of 1,445 drivers into its elite “Circle of Honor,” raising to 7,878 the number of drivers who have not had an avoidable accident for 25 years or more.

“Maintaining safe highways and roads is our highest priority, so I commend any person who achieves this milestone of 25 years or more crash-free, creating safer driving conditions for us all,” said U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.