Is it me or are these packages getting heavier and heavier?

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by BurntSienna, Aug 31, 2016.

  1. BurntSienna

    BurntSienna Member

    I've been trying to qualify as a full time driver. Been at it a little over 2 years. I'm currently back to working preload. I have no problem with hard work and I'm not a complainer but today I had to laugh at the amount of bulk and over 70 packages I had to lift off the bottom belt. It was ridiculous. Just back breaking grunt work. I'm not young but I'm in good shape.
    I've heard and read some things about how the size and weight of packages is a lot more than what it used to be. Is it true? What's going on? Don't know how long I can keep doing this without going full time. Looking at driving another peak season. Uggghh. I've been holding on to keep my seniority and because I need the medical benefits for my family. In other words, they've got me by the balls. Thoughts?
     
  2. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Yes, the packages are getting bigger and heavier.

    Yesterday I had 2 pieces of RTA furniture and a roll up mattress for a student in college housing. It was all I could do to get them up on to the front porch.
     
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  3. KOG72

    KOG72 Well-Known Member

    Was walking thru our building the other day I thought I was at a Lowe's Warehouse
     
  4. I enjoyed delivering that 134 lb quad engine yesterday. Dear Lord I'm getting old.
     
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  5. KOG72

    KOG72 Well-Known Member

    I had one of those king sized bed frames last week going to 2nd floor apt,112lbs that thing sucked
     
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  6. Safety first
     
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  7. Bubblehead

    Bubblehead My Senior Picture

    Most of the smalls are going to the Post Office, leaving us with furniture and 40lb bags of dog food in dilapidated boxes.
    Yet somehow, due to technological advances, we are expected to move more pieces faster?
    SMH
     
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  8. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    We spend more AM time waiting for the irregs to be brought around.
     
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  9. That key fob is a big help.
    LMAO
     
  10. Bubblehead

    Bubblehead My Senior Picture

    I've been averaging about 40 mins of AM time this month.
    Peak's gonna be "interesting".
     
  11. 3 done 3 to go

    3 done 3 to go In control of my own destiny

    Even up here. Used to get 1 maybe 2 over 70's a week... lately, I've got 3 a day
     
  12. JL 0513

    JL 0513 Well-Known Member

    These are all the things people used to go the store and pick up themselves now they can get everything online. 45 lb bags of dog food is a great example. So instead of someone picking that up at Walmart and pulling right to their front door, we have to lug it from the street all the way to their house.
     
  13. Turdferguson

    Turdferguson Just a turd

    The rotation of the earth has slowed creating a decrease in the gravitational pull of the earth. Therefore allowing us to move faster. TTKU
     
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  14. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    They would strangle any of us if we put 40 minutes in to our DIADs for AM time.

    5-10 minutes is the max that we are allowed to put in there.
     
  15. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Think of it as job security.

    Two Peaks ago I was delivering an add/cut on our former AFB. I had a case of diapers for an obviously worried young mother. "Oh, thank God you're here, I was down to my last two diapers". She was serious. I didn't say a word but shook my head all the way back to the pkg car.
     
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  16. Operational needs

    Operational needs Well-Known Member

    It's all because a lot of sites now offer free shipping. One would be a fool to lug that stuff home when they can get it delivered free.
     
  17. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Going to the store, especially with little ones, can be a pain the ass; but, you gotta admit that people have grown soft over the past few years.
     
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  18. Operational needs

    Operational needs Well-Known Member

    I wonder if she would have thought to go to the store to buy some if her box had gotten lost?
     
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  19. Bubblehead

    Bubblehead My Senior Picture

    My AM time is what it is.
    They can't instruct me to falsify my records.
     
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  20. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    I wanted so badly to ask her that but it was late and I was cold and I didn't really give a **** so it was off to the next stop.