What UPS Drivers Can Tell Us About the Automated Future of Work

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by Returntosender, Feb 26, 2014.

  1. Returntosender

    Returntosender Well-Known Member

    Let’s say you’re a driver for UPS. You have an hour and a half left before your shift ends and you still have 12 packages to deliver. Your challenge is to find the shortest route that takes rush-hour traffic, the higher priority of premium packages, the construction zone up ahead, and a slew of other variables into account. Should you try to shave a few miles off your regular route (better mile optimization) or deliver a high-priority package early (higher customer satisfaction)?



    http://www.wired.com/opinion/2014/02/dont-fear-work-automation-overlords-welcome/
     
  2. joeboodog

    joeboodog good people drink good beer

    Did the customer with the priority pkg give a nice Christmas gift?
     
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  3. cosmo1

    cosmo1 Just another internet hooligan.

    I never had a set time to end my "shift" as a driver.
     
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  4. Anonymous 12

    Anonymous 12 Non active member

    Whenever I'm done I'm done. They can wait for me. I'll guarantee I will have a smile on m face and all the way to the bank.
     
  5. 3 done 3 to go

    3 done 3 to go In control of my own destiny

    Doesn't matter UPS doesn't listen to the drivers.
     
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  6. calvn34

    calvn34 New Member

    I would like to try and deliver the high cost items, but it all depends on ORION now.
     
  7. Rainman

    Rainman Its all good.

    Do whatever is quickest so I can get off and get home.


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  8. brownmonster

    brownmonster Man of Great Wisdom

    Hour and a half left and twelve packages to deliver. Lol.
     
  9. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

    I used that same exact line on my ex.
     
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  10. String t out and make more dough.
     
  11. BSWALKS

    BSWALKS Easily Amused

    That's messed up
     
  12. Brownslave688

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

    If they all go to one stop I think I can probably scratch that.
     
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  13. Future

    Future Well-Known Member

    Is she hot?
     
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  14. 1989

    1989 Well-Known Member

    Twelve packages, but 26 stops.
     
  15. edd_tv

    edd_tv Cardboard picker upper

    Then you get the message that the slug across town needs help, so your plans are ruined anyway
     
  16. 1989

    1989 Well-Known Member

    How does one get on a "shift"? The 8:30-18:00 shift would be nice
     
  17. Just Numbers

    Just Numbers Retired

    Drivers have never had "shifts". either you are a p/t that has never talked to a driver or, you are a troll.
     
  18. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    While it is true that we don't have defined shifts (9-5) it is generally considered that we work the day shift.
     
  19. edd_tv

    edd_tv Cardboard picker upper

    I think he meant shaft. UPS gives you a defined shaft everyday.
     
  20. PT Car Washer

    PT Car Washer Well-Known Member

    The day shift that most times do not end until 6 or 7 or 8 O clock PM. At least in the summer the sun is still shining when we get off work.