Will UPS ever do away with preloaders?

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by illegalcourier, Mar 24, 2015.

  1. Just a question I'm posing. Do you think robots, or some future organizing system would be put in place that loads the trucks for drivers every morning? Do you think you'd like it better that way without human input?

    Or what about drivers being replaced with self-driving delivery vehicles?
  2. Brownslave688

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

    I see drivers being replaced before preloaders and That isn't happening anytime soon.
  3. BrownTexas

    BrownTexas Well-Known Member

    I'll have a flying car before drivers are replaced.
  4. BrownTexas

    BrownTexas Well-Known Member

    Their best plan would be to circle packages around allowing a loader to load only 1 car at a time, Minimizing misloads. Once car A is loaded, he moves to car B and starts the process all over again. Still doing 3-4 cars.
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  5. bleedinbrown58

    bleedinbrown58 mouth breathers...everywhere

    Do you know how long that would take?
  6. Brownslave688

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

    No like someone delivering the package but they would just be jumpers.

    Cars will pretty much be driving themselves by 2020.
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  7. Brownslave688

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

    That would be a complete nightmare.
  8. mixyo

    mixyo Active Member

    Not if the system has as many errors as it does now.
  9. rod

    rod retired and happy

    They got along without pre-loaders for years so someday some desk jockey will come up with the brilliant idea to go that route again----only because they have to come up with "brilliant ideas" to justify their existence.
  10. oldngray

    oldngray nowhere special

    The whole idea of preloaders is to pay part timers less than it would cost to pay drivers to load. Preloaders aren't going anywhere.
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  11. HardknocksUPSer

    HardknocksUPSer Well-Known Member

    If preloaders were done away with, there would be no way to gain seniority to drive, if no drivers, no packages are delivered, the union wouldn't let that fly, even if it were CLOSE to being possible, I can't imagine it being possible, so many things that only a human being can do that a robot or machine will never be able to do.
  12. clean hairy

    clean hairy Well-Known Member

    How would these self driving delivery vehicles get the boxes out of the truck and to the recipient??
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  13. imwell

    imwell I'm as productive as the methods allow.

    Many processes at UPS have, can, and will be automated. However, packages can not load themselves, and packages can not deliver themselves. Preloaders and Drivers will still be around much longer than anyone old enough to read this post.

    Just my firm belief.
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  14. The yardapult from an old SNL comes to mind.
  15. Brownslave688

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

    A driver helper essentially. Someone that makes a whole lot less than us drivers currently make.
  16. ManInBrown

    ManInBrown Well-Known Member

    At some point, yes. But we will all be long gone
  17. Brownslave688

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

    You all may really be underestimating how fast technology is moving.

    If you're not already a driver I would say the chances of you making it 30+ years to retirement is pretty slim.
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  18. theslinger

    theslinger Member

    Orion is really Skynet. Orion will build the terminators to kill the humans, er, I mean to load the trucks and deliver the packages. ;)
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  19. Mugarolla

    Mugarolla Light 'em up!

    Maybe 100 years in the future.

    But we would then have technology to 3D print anything we ever needed and the delivery companies would be out of business.
  20. 3 done 3 to go

    3 done 3 to go In control of my own destiny

    I can see in a small center. (Like mine) . The drivers load and go. 8 hr dispatches. Just like a satellite area. Come back unload and fuel