Automation and The Future of UPS

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by ThePackageDeli, Nov 24, 2019.

  1. The future seems clear.

    As shipping volume continues to increase worldwide, automation will allow UPS to expand, process way more volume, and meet the growing demands of the world economy.

    Automated facilities and short run feeder routes are going to eliminate MANY inside jobs and MANY driving jobs BUT simultaneously create a LOT of last-mile delivery positions.

    My prediction for the future: UPS will force part-timers to get DOT certified and last-mile trained.
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  2. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

    The future is Bitcoin
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  3. rod

    rod #1 on Upstates "list"

    The future is in Betamax, Polaroid and newspapers------and Studebaker.
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  4. clean hairy

    clean hairy Well-Known Member

    Rotary telephones, fax machines, and typewriters.
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  5. JustDeliverIt

    JustDeliverIt Active Member

    UPS will probably try to automate as much as possible, no secret here. They will never be able to force PT'ers to get certified. Fewer PT jobs sure, PVD's and other creative ways (22.4, drones) to undermine the work force, absolutely. But I don't see DOT certified work being other than a FT possition.
  6. wornoutupser

    wornoutupser Well-Known Member

    And we all will drive delivery vehicles made by the Desoto Automobile Company!
  7. MECH-lift

    MECH-lift Union Brother

    beards! hoodies!
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  8. PappyLand

    PappyLand Active Member

    The future is Beards and Tattoos for all the little UPSers
  9. polyp

    polyp Member

    Uh huh.

    They manage to get Orion worthwhile yet?
  10. Methods Man

    Methods Man Member

    Or they just upgrade service levels from ground to air service=more air drivers?
  11. TulsaD

    TulsaD New Member

    Drone deliveries is a long ways off I think. And, at least at our HUB, the slaw is a POS that breaks down on 1 leg every week. And the only person certified to "fix" it lives almost 2 hours away...
  12. eats packages

    eats packages I have depth perception issues

    What's a slaw?
  13. JustDeliverIt

    JustDeliverIt Active Member

    It's the new million dollar machine for the small sort of the preload. It scans worldship labels and with a puff of air blows the spa label on the package. Usually over the bar code so a driver can't scan it.

    They do break down a lot. Usually minor problems for the one that was on preload when I was there (but it's been a little over 2 years, may be worse now).
  14. Whither

    Whither Scofflaw

    That, or right on top of the consignee's address or over the COD amount. Happens way too often.
  15. Staydryitsraining

    Staydryitsraining Well-Known Member

  16. dudebro

    dudebro Well-Known Member

    No one is figured out to put the packages in upside down yet
  17. quad decade guy

    quad decade guy Active Member

    Automation will be a factor in the whole world in every way. I don't really think about automation every

    day....although I'm driving the biggest piece of crap on our yard because it has a pintle hook and IVIS

    until my power unit is repaired. Going paper log and the possibility of being DOT'd isn't worth it in a

    rental that can't make my run non-stop. OK. What I do think and worry about everyday: will UPS be

    here and therefore my pension until we(wife/I) die. I'm 57. My instincts tell me no. If all

    benefits(pension, social security) promised to me and earned are fulfilled....I'll die with a comfortable

    lifestyle. Not rich, comfortable. Whether automation happens or not(It will).

    Now the doom and gloom. Lot's of people on this earth. They have to eat. Generally, you work, get

    money, use that money to buy food. If automation puts people out of work, they don't have money.

    No money, no food. Figure it out.
  18. Analbumcover

    Analbumcover ControlPkgs

  19. Universal Basic Income. Dun-dun-DUN!!!
  20. Two Tokes

    Two Tokes Give it to me Baby

    Vcr's TV dinners and Dial soap