does ups pay royalties to fedex for the use of scanning software??

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by coldworld, Aug 8, 2008.

  1. Coldworld

    Coldworld Well-Known Member

    So a few days ago I had a customer tell me that ups pays fedex royalties for barcode software that they developed. This was told to him by a member of his family that worked for fedex. I told him that I had never heard of that, but maybe that was true...sort of like the zip+4 system that the post office started, I thought that ups does(or did) pay the usps rights to use this. Has anyone heard of this? I also had another customer tell me that one of his family members use to buy used ups vehicles and fix them up and use them as utility or moving vans. Now I just kept my mouth shut, but I was thinking to myself that this was bullshet, I thought ups was very strict about the crushing of the vehicles. Its the ol story of my fathers friends brothers aunt....yada yada. You know that the customers always know best!!!!:dead:
     
  2. Big Babooba

    Big Babooba Well-Known Member

    Bar codes and scanners were around long before FedEx started up. Fred Smith was 8 years old when the bar code was patented in 1952. He was probably playing with his Howdy Doody puppet back then. The MaxiCode is our invention. It's the postage stamp sized square with a pattern of dots and a bullseye in the middle.
     
  3. drewed

    drewed Shankman

    As far as i know UPS has developed all of their scanning systems, thats why it can be suck a cluster:censored2::censored2::censored2::censored2: sometimes
     
  4. Baba gounj

    Baba gounj pensioner

    the truth is, and this is from a VERY good source; my unlce's cousin's neighbor who got it from her hair dresser's janitor boyfriend who got it from the highway toll taker's sister's ballpark vendor friend that that tale is false.
     
  5. Sac Hub Sorter

    Sac Hub Sorter New Member

    I heard fedex started scanning. we went to the same company that gave them the technology and a couple of years later we brought the company out
     
  6. tieguy

    tieguy Banned

    that does it for me:happy-very:
     
  7. Coldworld

    Coldworld Well-Known Member

    How about the zip codes that the post office has, anyone know how ups has the right to use them?
     
  8. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    The ZIP code is the system of postal codes used by the United States Postal Service (USPS). The letters ZIP, an acronym for Zone Improvement Plan,[1] are properly written in capital letters and were chosen to suggest that the mail travels more efficiently, and therefore more quickly, when senders use the code. The basic format consists of five numerical digits. An extended ZIP + 4 code includes the five digits of the ZIP code, a hyphen, and four more digits that determine a more precise location than the ZIP code alone. The term ZIP Code was originally registered as a servicemark (a type of trademark) by the U.S. Postal Service but its registration has since expired.[2]

    The above is from Wikipedia. As you can read from the last line, the SM on the Zip Code has expired so it's use by other entities is unlimited.
     
  9. Coldworld

    Coldworld Well-Known Member

    thanks for the info upstate.
     
  10. BLACKBOX

    BLACKBOX Life is a Highway...

    I invented the Bar Code along with the Internet- Al Gore.
     
  11. rushfan

    rushfan Well-Known Member

    Does it really matter?
     
  12. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    No, but coldworld was curious and asked the question. Is it really that big of a deal to you? If it is, simply move on to another thread.
     
  13. air_upser

    air_upser New Member

    The standard UPC bar code has nothing to do with fedex. The square smart code(I forget the official name) was developed and patented by UPS.
     
  14. cino321

    cino321 Active Member


    Maxicode.
     
  15. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt You can call me Chappy Staff Member

    Checked with the person that has worked in the barcodes group for 10 years +. He said this is definitely not true. Most of the barcoding patents are expired or owned by Symbol Technologies. As for the Maxicode (UPS originally called it Dense Code) it was invented by a group of engineers working at our Danbury R&D location back in the early nineties. It was developed so that packages could be sorted in our automated facilities with their fast moving belts.