Is loading more about speed?

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by John Ericson, Sep 29, 2016.

  1. John Ericson

    John Ericson New Member

    I was just wondering since I'm a new hire and I seen some pretty bad walls even from the older vets and was wondering if they supervisors rely more on how fast you can keep up the pace
  2. cosmo1

    cosmo1 Now, a low life jack wagon, and still loving it.

    It has already been suggested that you change your username, if it is your real name.
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  3. John Ericson

    John Ericson New Member

    What!? John is my middle name
  4. Brownies...mmm

    Brownies...mmm Never Underestimate the Power of a Woman

    Give yourself and alias. We aren't allowed to have our real name or our picture in our username.
  5. John Ericson

    John Ericson New Member

    Haha that's not my real name lol that would be a burnout
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  6. By The Book

    By The Book Well-Known Member

    You get to teach this newbie, he's talking about building walls, something I know nothing about.
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    Brownies...mmm Never Underestimate the Power of a Woman

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  8. By The Book

    By The Book Well-Known Member

    Ya build walls don't you? I thought you loaded trailers....
  9. sppollock

    sppollock Member

    I'm pretty sure you will get better answers in one of the small package forums, we in freight don't know anything about building walls, hell we barely know how to load city routes right...
  10. Brownies...mmm

    Brownies...mmm Never Underestimate the Power of a Woman

    Yes I do.
  11. SubPop79

    SubPop79 Member

    No, loading is not 100% about speed. Yes, your supervisors "expect" perfectly flat and sturdy walls reaching to the ceiling that were made at 400 packages per hour, but they know that is not possible. Hell, during peak season (Christmas) you can expect to see quite literal piles of packages when there is no time to scan and load and the truck HS to leave. That said, your supervisors are mostly looking for consistency and efficiency.

    There are trade offs though. You can build an ugly wall, but that wall can still be high and sturdy. You can load at 800pph and make a :censored2:ty wall.

    If you are worried about keeping the pace up, some tips: 1) Extend your chute so it reaches the back of the truck so you have less distance to walk with heavy packages at the start. 2) Lower the guard at the end of your rollers in the beginning so you don't get exhausted pulling packages all the way up and so you also have less distance to move them to the first bottom rows of packages. 3) Big Wall and Smalls Wall. Depending on the size of your packages, you want the distance from the front of the walls to be about 2 feet, give or take. Leave space between for small packages, oddly shaped packages, bags, and packages you don't know what to do with. If you do this right, you will actually be working on 3 walls at a time - 2 smalls, 1 big. The smalls walls will also keep the main walls sturdier. 4) If you get a straigh shot of, say, book boxes that are 1ft x 5in x 5in, you can stack those off to the side so that you have a continuous "corner stone" for your next few walls. 5) Wear gloves for better grip, cushioning, and protection from sickness.

    Always remember that the quickest distance between two points is a straight line. Limit your movement. You will be faster, safer, and healthier.
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  12. Austin.Was.My.Hero

    Austin.Was.My.Hero quod erat demonstrandum

    I thought all millennials were experts at playing Tetris?
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  13. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Tetris was introduced by Nintendo on June 6, 1984, so I find it hard to believe that millennials are still playing it today.
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  14. John Ericson

    John Ericson New Member

    Thanks for those tips your definitely know your stuff
  15. Number24

    Number24 #24

    are you loading tractor trailers? or UPS Package cars? It depends. lmk
  16. John Ericson

    John Ericson New Member

    Loading trailers
  17. Austin.Was.My.Hero

    Austin.Was.My.Hero quod erat demonstrandum

    There has been lots of tile-matching type games/smart phones apps since Tetris. Ever heard of Candy Crush or Jewel Mania? I'm sure theirs lots of puzzle games available on today's smart phones.

    That's what loading requires= fitting odd shape boxes accordingly.
  18. polyp

    polyp New Member

    1. Use your load stand
    2. Remove all missorts from the trailer
    3. Maintain egress and assert your right to it
    4. Don't try and make irregs 'fit' in your wall if doing so is dangerous
    Since you seem to be worried about your pph. By all means, try to figure how how to go at whatever pace you feel you need to, but don't do it by cutting corners on safety. If you stay on long enough, you will probably get hurt.

    Don't do anything that will assist management in throwing you under the bus when that happens.
  19. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

    Trump builds walls.
  20. PT Car Washer

    PT Car Washer Well-Known Member

    After double shifting on the Day Sort loading trailers I have a new respect for loaders. I always thought you just stacked boxes on top of another until you filled the trailer. I did not realize there is a technique to building a good load.