How to run scratch

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by DS, Mar 15, 2012.

  1. DS

    DS Fenderbender

    I have found that although I can't equal upstate's 2 hours under,I have some tips to increase your planned day.
    1-save deliveries that you have pickups at
    2-enter all special counts into the diad,overweights etc
    3- get out of the building as fast as you can,it looks like hell,but ignore it till you get your 10:30 commits off
    4-don't take shortcuts after this,mileage is the major factor in time allowance
    5-whenever possible,get a signature.Every signature you get gives you about 1 minute time allowance.
    If you have 100 stops,and you get signatures for half of them,it adds 50 minutes to your planned day.
    6-document everything you do in the diad,meet points,late air,time lost etc
    7-Take a few minutes to sort after you get your commits off ,sort bulk to the back,and smalls in order.
    8-Be aggressive yet friendly,let them know you are on a tight schedule
    9-When possible correlate your breaks close to your next stop.
    !0-enter leave and return to building times accurately
     
  2. brown bomber

    brown bomber brown bomber

    get serious...I did over half of those suggestions........the result was that a planned 9.5 hr. day turned into a 8.25 hr. day....therefore I went from a scratch driver to one that was over 1 hr. late.......the route didn't change, never got an explanation...........so happy I'm now retitred
     
  3. iruhnman630

    iruhnman630 Active Member

    How to run scratch:

    1. Look up local hip-hop artists

    2. Take lessons from their dj's

    3. start spinning and scratching
     
  4. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

    Who cares if it's after your 30 days.
     
  5. faded jeans

    faded jeans just a member

    How to run scratch.

    Chase scratch with a cattle prod.

    He will run like hell.
     
  6. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    I have found that although I can't equal upstate's 2 hours under,I have some tips to increase your planned day.

    2 hours under is not the norm--I am usually closer to .75 - 1.00 under.

    1-save deliveries that you have pickups at

    This will piss off those customers who are used to a morning delivery as they turn them around and send them out in the afternoon.

    2-enter all special counts into the diad,overweights etc

    This would help but I never do this.

    3- get out of the building as fast as you can,it looks like hell,but ignore it till you get your 10:30 commits off

    I rarely if ever sort during the day.

    4-don't take shortcuts after this,mileage is the major factor in time allowance

    This is poor advice, especially with Telematics.

    5-whenever possible,get a signature.Every signature you get gives you about 1 minute time allowance.

    This is also poor advice. Do the job following the methods. The only residential signatures I get are the ones the shippers pay for.

    If you have 100 stops,and you get signatures for half of them,it adds 50 minutes to your planned day.

    Just do the job the way you are supposed to.

    6-document everything you do in the diad,meet points,late air,time lost etc

    This is good advice although there is no way to document any of these things in the DIAD.

    7-Take a few minutes to sort after you get your commits off ,sort bulk to the back,and smalls in order.

    This is a waste of time.

    8-Be aggressive yet friendly,let them know you are on a tight schedule

    It is possible to chat while delivering and maintaining a sense of urgency.

    9-When possible correlate your breaks close to your next stop.

    I assume you mean restroom breaks---I try to schedule these when I am at a stop with a public restroom but as I get older I find it is not always that easy.

    !0-enter leave and return to building times accurately

    Well...duh.

    DS, if you put as much effort in to your job as you put in to this list you would have no problem running scratch.
     
  7. Goochy

    Goochy Member

    I just keep a clean truck , I NEVER back track , always keep truck clean after I get bulk stops off .
     
  8. Funfact

    Funfact Well-Known Member

    I don't worry about "Their numbers" I just do my job. On the other hand I run scratch or under 95% of the time.
     
  9. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    It is not that hard to run scratch, follow the methods and have clean Telematics reports.

    We have a couple of drivers who are regularly an hour or more over and both have been described as "chatty Cathys"--too much customer contact.
     
  10. brownmonster

    brownmonster Man of Great Wisdom

    Do your talkin as you're walkin. Ran early last week by a total of 7.03 hours. it can be done.
     
  11. over9five

    over9five Moderator Staff Member

    What is this "scratch" thing of which you speak?
     
  12. dilligaf

    dilligaf IN VINO VERITAS

    Not to mention apts, yada yada yada!
     
  13. May I ask what a clean telematics report has to do with running scratch?
     
  14. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    I added this as some folks here think I am a runner/gunner.
     
  15. gman042

    gman042 Been around the block a few times

    You get 3 minutes for an address correction in the DIAD. Just think of the time made when you have a bulk stop of mis-addressed packages. 10 packages equals 30 minutes minus the 5 to actually make the corrections. Do it every chance you get.
     
  16. rocket man

    rocket man Well-Known Member

    fast actin tanactin will help that scratch/ try running jock itch
     
  17. yeldarb

    yeldarb Member

    Not true...I had a bulk car of 300 boxes of microwaveable popcorn for a company which was supposed to be addressed to 9602, but instead was 9206. I ran over that day.
     
  18. yeldarb

    yeldarb Member

    If I am waiting at a dock for the door to open, I will sort my car while I am waiting....I usually get half my truck sorted perfect before I start my resis.
     
  19. DS

    DS Fenderbender

    Thanks Darb,my truck is seldom in order,it's a big time saver and not a waste of time
     
  20. yeldarb

    yeldarb Member

    It drives me nuts when I am dispatched to go help someone at 4 oclock, and their truck still looks like crap and they are stepping over things, and they cant even find all the packages that they are going to give to me because they are so unorganized. No wonder they are struggling and need help...