new combo guy. Have some ?'s

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by UPSTeamster542, Feb 10, 2007.

  1. I've been currently working for UPS for 8 years and recently acquired a sorter/air driver combo position. How many NDA should i be finishing before the 10:30 commit time?or how many packages a minute? I also wanted to know What time saving tips do you use to get things done on time. As you can see im new to driving, so feel free to give me some tips :wink:
     
  2. Jack4343

    Jack4343 FT DR Specialist

    How many NDA should you complete by 10:30? Well, all of them of course! Seriously, it varies depending on the route you are on. I've done 35 stops on some by 10:30, 10 or less on others. Depends on the mileage you travel and traffic. As you spend more and more time on the route, you'll run it a certain way every day and you'll know how many stops you need to have left by 9:30, 10:00, etc. to be able to complete the air stops without having any late. You'll have days where you are over dispatched and you will have late air. It happens to us all. Also, leaving the building late will reek havoc on you as well. Be sure that even though you will be stressed and worry about having late air that you continue to drive safely and be aware of your surroundings and other drivers. A good driver is not only one that can get stops done on time but can do all of that and do it safely. An accident can get you fired. Having late air will not. Remember that.
     
  3. canon

    canon Member

    Couldn't agree more. Follow the methods and you'll do fine. The time saving methods include the things you've already been taught.. keeping the keys on your finger, knowing the next stop, walking with a sense of urgency etc. Once you get behind that wheel, forget about the "sense of urgency" you're supposed to maintain during delivery. Follow traffic laws and relax. Eventually, you'll learn shorter paths of travel, learn who to see at the stop and who to avoid, and you'll be able to visualize the addresses in the order you think it will work.

    I come down pretty hard on management when they consistantly screw up, but they know you're not going to produce the same results as a seasoned driver. They don't want to have to explain late airs to corporate anymore than you do. Relax and pay attention to detail.
     
  4. Overpaid Union Thug

    Overpaid Union Thug Well-Known Member

    My best advice is DO THE JOB EVERY DAY! Not just sorting and then going home. That is becomming a big issue (and is even evident on this board). Don't become one of those guys that works your sort in the building and then just clocks out and goes home instead of running the air. UPS has the right to take away those jobs. Our combo guy rarely delivers air once preload wraps so managment is supposedly scrapping the job once he quits/retires/dies. If he was doing his job every day then it would be rebid once he moves on. When people aren't doing the jobs it gives UPS cause to have the assumption that the jobs aren't needed.
     
  5. brett636

    brett636 Well-Known Member

    From what I gather this used to be standard procedure for combo workers in my hub of clocking out after their first shift and going home. Until someone did it so much that they were fired for job abandonment and it stopped. I know I work both shifts until I get my eight hours in everday, and I don't even consider my 2nd shift to be optional.

    To the original poster- As said before do the best you can as safely as you can. One accident will send you right back to the part-time ranks where a late package will not. You should be fine if you just take this simple advice. Congrats on going fulltime!
     
  6. To the original poster- As said before do the best you can as safely as you can. One accident will send you right back to the part-time ranks where a late package will not. You should be fine if you just take this simple advice. Congrats on going fulltime![/quote]


    Thanks. I Got my route pretty much down, its just timing i guess. I was looking for some diad time saving tips. Do you guys usally punch in the next stop when your'e leaving your first stop?
     
  7. vanbc

    vanbc New Member

    One way I try to make time (save time) is when I have multiple stops in a hi-rise or buildings with an elevator is to either:

    • send the elevator up a floor or two or whatever so that you can catch it when (if) it's coming down.
    • Leave the dolly in the elevator door for quick stops (when elevator is empty).
    • Scan or other diad stuff in the elevator or while waiting for the elevator.
    • Go to the middle floor and press both up and down buttons when done and take whatever comes first.
    • When the elevator is busy, press the up or down or both buttons after the door closes.
    • Take the stairs.
     
  8. 1989

    1989 Well-Known Member

    I take 2 handtruck loads up the freight. Drop one on the way up. Start at the top and work my way down. Take passenger elev. when possible.